Quincy, MA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will open additional Disaster Recovery Centers in Peabody and Newton next week, for one day each.
Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell Street, on Tuesday, May 8, and at Newton City Hall on Thursday, May 10.
"It's an opportunity for homeowners, renters and businesses to obtain additional information from state, federal and voluntary agencies about what assistance may be available for them under a presidential disaster declaration," said Louis H. Botta, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery.
Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester counties were declared a disaster area after severe storms and flooding between March 5 and April 16.
"We urge people to first apply for assistance by calling the toll-free registration number - 1-800-462-9029," said Stephen J. McGrail, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and state coordinating officer. The TTY number for speech- and hearing-impaired applicants is 1-800-462-7585.
Applicants with questions do not have to go to a Disaster Recovery Center. They can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.