Hurricane Irene Update: Five More Disaster Recovery Centers Set to Open

September 19, 2011,  ALBANY, N.Y. — Five more state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open on Tuesday, September 20, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding, according to state and federal officials.

Three of these centers — in Clinton, Columbia and Putnam counties — are “mobile,” meaning that they will be open through Thursday, September 22. After Thursday, these facilities will be deployed to other locations, but will return to each county at a date yet to be determined. Counties will be notified once a schedule is established.

Two DRCs — in Saratoga and Delaware counties — are “fixed” facilities that will be open until further notice. Unless otherwise noted, all centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. (Both locations in Suffolk County are closed on Sunday.)

This brings to 22 the number of centers that are operational. The new DRC locations are shaded:

Albany County
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186

Clinton County
Town Hall, 151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Columbia County
Copake Community Center, Mountain View Road, Copake, NY 12516

Delaware County
Sidney Town Hall Civic Center, 21 Liberty Street, Sidney, NY

Essex County (2)
Community Center, 11 School Lane, Ausable Forks, NY 12912
and
Moriah Fire Station, 630 Tarbell Hill Road, Moriah, NY 12960

Greene County (2)
Prattsville Town Hall, 14517 Route 23 Main Street, Prattsville, NY 12468
and
Windham Adventure Park, 273 South Street, County Route 12, Windham, NY 12946

Montgomery County
1000 Riverfront Center, Amsterdam, NY 12010

Nassau County
Sports Complex Mitchell Field, Airport 1 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Uniondale, NY 11553

Orange County
Orange County Fire Training Center, 9 Training Center Lane, New Hampton, NY 10953

Putnam County
Mahopac Fire Department, 741 Rt. 6, Mahopac, NY

Rensselaer County
Social Services Office Adm. Bldg., 127 Blooming Grove Drive, Troy, NY 12180

Rockland County
Provident Bank Ballpark, 1 Provident Bank Park Drive, Pomona, NY 10970

Saratoga County
F.B. Peck Hose Co. (Fire Station), 85 Saratoga Avenue, Waterford, NY 12188

Schenectady County
Rotterdam Square Mall, 93 West Campbell, Rotterdam, NY 12306

Schoharie County
Cobleskill Fire Department, 610 East Main Street in Cobleskill, NY 12043 (Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Suffolk County
H. Lee Denison Building, Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788 (Closed Sundays)
and
Riverhead Fire Headquarters, 540 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY (Closed Sundays)

Ulster County (2)
Business Resource Center, 1061 Development Court, Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401Belleayre
and
Belleayre Mountain Ski Area, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12444

Warren County
Lake Luzerne Town Hall, 539 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Westchester County
Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

The centers are staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about hurricane-related assistance, according to FEMA and state officials.

“Before visiting a recovery center, I strongly recommend people seeking assistance, to register with FEMA beforehand,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “Having spoken with or contacted state or local officials does not count. You must register with FEMA in order to apply for help.”

Registration is quick and simple, Parr said. By phone, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. The toll-free line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week until further notice. People with speech disabilities can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

Information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security Account number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.

New York state agencies will join FEMA to provide services to the public at the centers. These include, but are not limited to: information about state disaster aid and help for unemployed persons and displaced workers as the result of the hurricane; information for senior citizens about state-funded programs; access to forms and services pertaining to motor-vehicle issues; coordination and assistance with any needs for daycare services; and access to MyBenefits pre-screening tool. Representatives of these and other agencies will participate as determined by need.

Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Centers will be specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said. People who register with FEMA will be sent a loan application from the SBA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, according to the SBA. Applicants have six months after approval to decide whether to accept the loan.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for transportation, medical and dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. Applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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