ALBANY, N.Y. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials announced today that several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will extend their operations to remain open longer and additional centers will open to serve the needs of victims of the storms and floods that ravaged the region between September 16-24.
The Downsville DRC will remain open until further notice at the Fire Department, Route 30, Village of Downsville, Town of Colchester.
DRC’s will open Wednesday, October 13, 2004, at the Town Hall, 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, Town of Tuston, and at the Firehouse, 93 Main Street, Livingston Manor, Town of Rockland. All DRC’s are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Applicants need only register by telephone, but may also visit any of the newest DRCs and the existing DRCs listed below.
Sullivan County: Monticello Neighborhood Community Center, 2 Jefferson Street, Monticello.
Delaware County: Downsville Fire Department, Rt 30, Village of Downsville, Town of Colchester.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in the declared counties who suffered damages because of the storms are urged to apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. After calling, disaster victims may visit any of the centers to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists. Representatives of local, state and federal and voluntary agencies will also be on hand to provide program and service information. U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) staff will also be available at the center to assist victims with low-interest disaster loan applications. Personnel at the centers can provide disaster housing information, technical assistance on how to reduce future disaster damages, how to obtain flood insurance and can give referrals to other federal and state assistance programs.
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 the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.