ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State and federal officials remind those who were affected by the November severe storms and flooding that they only have until Friday to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for assistance.
Effective Friday, January 26, the two DRCs in the Binghamton area will close at 6 p.m. Hours of operation for the remainder of this week will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The DRCs are located at: Binghamton, Metro Center, 49 Court Street, and Town of Vestal, Vestal Library, 320 Vestal Parkway East.
Individuals can meet one on one with program experts to get answers to their recovery questions, check the status of their disaster assistance, get information about disaster resistant building techniques, and get help filling out their U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, an applicant must complete an SBA loan application to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
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 to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.
Those registered also can get help by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621 FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The telephone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
New York State and FEMA join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in reminding New Yorkers seeking assistance to complete and send in their SBA loan application. The SBA disaster loans are the primary source of long-term recovery aid.
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.