Albany, NY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) are opening a Disaster Recovery Center on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 to serve those affected by the April 20 Ausable Forks earthquake. The Center's location and hours of operation are as follows:
|Town of Jay Community Center (Essex County)|
|24 School Street|
|Ausable Forks, New York|
|Wednesday, May 29||Noon to 6 p.m.|
|Thursday, May 30||9 a.m. to 8 p.m.*|
|Friday, May 31||9 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 1||9 a.m. to noon|
|*Note the extended hours Thursday evening.|
The center is open to people from either Essex or Clinton counties. Another Disaster Recovery Center will be scheduled the following week in Keeseville, Clinton County.
Individuals who suffered damage to their home or business property in the declared counties are urged to apply first for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
"People can always call FEMA's toll-free HELPLINE at 1-800-525-0321 with questions after they have registered," said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson. "The recovery centers offer people the opportunity to meet face-to-face with disaster experts if they choose."
"We are here to lend a helping hand," said State Coordinating Officer Edward F. Jacoby, Jr. "I urge anyone needing additional disaster-related information to visit the Disaster Recovery Center or call the HELPLINE with questions."
Individuals may go to the recovery center to:
- Learn common-sense measures to reduce the impact of future earthquakes;
- Receive help in filling out low-interest SBA loan packages for homeowners, renters and businesses;
- Learn about available disaster assistance programs.
Each center will be staffed with disaster experts including representatives from FEMA, various state agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Information will be available on housing, agricultural and disaster loans available for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations affected by the disaster.