DANBURY, Conn. -- Disaster Recovery Centers will open Thursday, September 30, in Fairfield and Hartford counties to provide information about help available to residents and businesses that suffered damage or losses as a result of Tropical Storm Floyd.
Operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Connecticut Office of Emergency Management (CT OEM), the centers will be staffed with representatives from various federal, state, local and voluntary agencies. They will provide information about a range of programs, including those offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), triggered as a result of President Clinton's September 23 disaster declaration.
Center locations are as follows:
155 Deer Hill Avenue
City of Danbury
Plainville Recreation Center
50 Whiting Street
Town of Plainville
Both centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 7 p.m., Sunday, until further notice.
Federal Coordinating Officer Sharon Stoffel encourages people with storm-related losses to visit a recovery center after first calling FEMA to register for assistance. That toll-free registration number is 1-800-462-9029, 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the speech and hearing impaired. "Although personnel at the centers cannot process applications, telephones will be available for use by those without access to a phone," she said.
"At the centers people can also inquire about the status of their applications, examine options for rebuilding or repairing structures, and learn methods to protect their lives and properties better in future disasters," State Coordinating Officer John T. Wiltse said.