Syracuse, NY -- Homeowners, Renters And Business Owners Who Suffered Damages In The severe summer storms can meet face-to-face with disaster experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) scheduled to open this weekend. A complete list of the available Disaster Recovery Centers is attached.
"The DRCs are established so that disaster experts can explain the disaster aid process to victims of the storm and discuss the status of their applications," said Justo Hernández, federal coordinating officer for FEMA's disaster recovery operation. "President Bush has made disaster aid available, but applicants must take the first step and apply."
Anyone who suffered damage should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TDD) for the hearing or speech-impaired. Both lines are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week.
The DRCs travel within the most heavily damaged areas, enabling officials to meet with residents face-to-face to answer their questions, provide recovery information and written material about the different assistance programs available for individuals and business owners, and to help them complete low-interest loan applications issued by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Experts will also be available to give advice on how to avoid future damages.
At the request of Governor George E. Pataki, President Bush signed a major disaster declaration on August 29, 2003 to provide assistance to Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Livingston, Montgomery, Ontario, Rensselaer, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates, the counties affected during the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that hit the State between July 21 and August 13, 2003.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizens Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.
DR 1486 NY - Severe Storms
NYS / Fema Disaster Recovery Centers
Opening Dates And Hours Of Operation
NUNDA VILLAGE HALL
Corner of Main and Mill Street
Village of Nunda, NY
HOURS: Saturday, 9-27-03, through Thursday 10-02-03 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SUNY DELHI UNIVERSITY
Village of Delhi, NY
HOURS: Monday, 9-29-03 from 12 Noon to 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9-30-03 through Thursday10-02-03 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
VILLAGE OF ANGELICA OFFICES
21 Peacock Hill Road
HOURS: Friday 10-3-03 from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday 10-04-03 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.