ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two Disaster Recovery Centers will open Thursday for three days to help victims of Tropical Storm Floyd, state and federal emergency officials said today.
In Westchester County, a new center will open at the Fairview Greenburgh Community Center, Second Level, 32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains. In Rockland County, the center is opening at Town Hall #2, 10 Maple Avenue, New City. Both centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, October 21-23.
Other recovery centers may be opened later as needed. Places and dates will be announced as arrangements are completed.
People 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 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. Programs available 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.