NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Mobile Recovery Center staffed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) located in Jamaica, Queens is extending its hours of operation to include Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to assist homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered damages from the August 8 storm and flooding. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 16, 2007.
"We are looking for every opportunity to get the word out about Federal and State disaster assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson of FEMA. "Opening this recovery center on Sundays to meet with churchgoers is just another way we are reaching out."
The center is located at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York parking lot at 111-17 Merrick Boulevard (between 111th Avenue and 111th Road) Jamaica in Queens, NY. The center, which opened on October 10, is staffed by SBA and FEMA representatives and is a convenient way for people to meet face-to-face with disaster specialists to get answers about their FEMA application and obtain help in filling out an SBA low-interest loan package. In addition to the new Sunday hours, the center is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Two other SBA-FEMA centers are currently open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on weekends.
- QUEENS: SBA-FEMA Recovery Center in Rego Park located at Lost Battalion Hall, 93-29 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, NY 11374
- BROOKLYN: SBA-FEMA Recovery Center at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School; 552 59th Street, 6th Avenue/Sunset Park/Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY 11220.
Registering is the first step to get disaster assistance. Homeowners, renters and business owners located in either Kings or Queens counties, and who suffered damages from the August 8 storm may register online anytime at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.