ALBANY, N.Y. -- To better serve those affected by the severe storms and flooding in November, a Disaster Recovery Center will open in Vestal, federal and state officials said today.
The Disaster Recovery Center will open in the Town of Vestal , Vestal Library, at 320 Vestal Parkway East at noon on Friday, January 5. Hours of operations will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. An additional location in the Binghamton area will open soon.
The center is a convenient way for Broome and Chenango county residents to meet face to face with recovery experts and to check the status of their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration. Disaster experts from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to help people fill out the SBA loan package.
"People who have applied for assistance are not required to visit the Disaster Recovery Center , although most people prefer meeting with recovery experts face to face. Residents can also call FEMA's Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 and the SBA at 1-800-659-2955," said John R. Gibb, Director of the New York State Emergency Management Office and state coordinating officer.
"Homeowners, renters and businesses in Broome and Chenango counties may be eligible for grants and loans to recover from the flooding," said Marianne C. Jackson, FEMA federal coordinating officer. "We want as many people as possible to register for assistance by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362."
If you have not registered for assistance, you can call the FEMA registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) . Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The registration lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday - Saturday and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.