ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two more Disaster Recovery Centers will open Thursday for three days to assist victims of Tropical Storm Floyd, state and federal emergency officials said today.
In Clarkstown, Rockland County, a recovery center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 14-16, at Town Hall #2, 10 Maple Avenue, New City.
In Westchester County, a recovery center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 14-16, at the Paramount East Building (formerly Mason's Hall), 1016 Brown Street, Peekskill.
Other recovery centers may be opened later as needed in the areas of New York with a federal disaster declaration, Jackson said. Places and dates will be announced as arrangements are completed.
"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.
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.
Victims of Tropical Storm Floyd can register for assistance by calling the toll-free line, 1-800-462-9029 (TDD 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week. Once registered, 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.