ALBANY, N.Y. -- Five Disaster Recovery Centers will be open on various days this weekend to assist victims of Tropical Storm Floyd, state and federal emergency officials said today.
In Clarkstown, Rockland County, a center will be open at 10 Maple Avenue, New City, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
In Westchester County, the recovery center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Yorktown Green Shopping Center (near the Food Emporium) on Downing Street, Yorktown.
On Monday, the Columbus Day holiday, three other recovery centers will open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will be open the same hours Tuesday and Wednesday.
In Putnam County, the center will be at Mahopac Village Center, Rt. 6, Unit 1.
In Orange County, two centers will be open at Blooming Grove Town Hall, 7 Horton Road, and at the Village Firehouse, 9 Mountain avenue, Highland Falls.
If they are needed, other recovery centers will be opened later next week in some of the counties with a federal disaster declaration, Jackson said. Places and dates will be announced when arrangements are complete.
"Disaster Recovery Centers are a great resource for someone with specific questions about their own situation," said Marianne C. Jackson, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort.
"The centers provide a face-to-face opportunity for disaster victims to talk with recovery specialists about a variety of governmental and voluntary agency programs designed to help residents begin rebuilding their lives and property," Jackson said. "People from any county are welcome to visit any of the centers."
Residents, business owners and others impacted by Tropical Storm Floyd in Albany, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Ulster and Westchester counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance.
Once they have registered by calling the toll-free line, 1-800-462-9029 (TDD 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired), people with questions about their applications can call the toll-free Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 (TDD 1-800-660-8005), or go to a recovery center to talk with specialists about the variety of programs designed to help them rebuild their lives and property. Assistance could include disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans to repair or replace storm-damaged property or grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures that prevent future damage from disasters.