ALBANY, N.Y. -- Individuals, homeowners, renters and business owners who have already applied for disaster assistance in Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties because of Tropical Storm Floyd can get additional information directly from federal, state and local assistance experts. Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO), the state's Individual and Family Grant Program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are opening two Disaster Recovery Center at noon on Friday, Oct. 1.
"People have a choice. After people call their insurance company and the toll-free FEMA application number, they may have questions about the status of their application or they may need more information about what kind of disaster assistance is available," said State Coordinating Officer Edward F. Jacoby, Jr. "They can either call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 or they can visit a Disaster Recovery Center to talk to a disaster recovery expert face-to-face."
The informational centers will be located at the Clarkstown Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave. in New City and in the Yorktown Green Shopping Center (near the Food Emporium supermarket), Downing Drive in Yorktown Heights. The centers will be open on Oct. 1 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then will operate Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
'To start the application process, people should call 1-800-462-9029,' said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson. 'Those with hearing- or speech-impairments may call TDD, - 1-800-462-7585 to apply. Then, applicants with questions about their application can call the toll-free Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 (TDD - 1-800-660-8005) or visit a Disaster Recovery Center."
"People from any declared county are welcome to visit either of the centers," Jackson said.