FEMA/SBA Registration Deadline Is Nov. 3 For Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, And Erie Counties

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Release date: 
October 2, 2009
Release Number: 
1857-023

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Survivors of the severe storms and flooding of Aug. 8-10 in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie counties have until Nov. 3, 2009 to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Saturday, Oct. 3 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period.

Residents and business owners in the three-county area who have yet to register should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Online registration is available any time at www.disasterassistance.gov.

"Registering with FEMA is the only way to become eligible for federal and state disaster assistance," said State Coordinating Officer John R. Gibb, who is also the director of the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO). "We encourage everyone affected by the August flooding to register, regardless of their personal recovery plans, their concerns, or questions about the way to proceed."

So far, more than 1,200 western New Yorkers have registered for state and federal assistance in the three counties and assistance approved is nearly $4 million. More than $1million of that total is in low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

"Registration keeps open the possibility of a wide range of assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jaime E. Forero. "There is no need to delay registering because you are waiting for an insurance settlement or have already made repairs."

Two Disaster Recovery Centers, a Disaster Loan Outreach Center, and an SBA Business Recovery Center remain open to provide face-to-face assistance to those affected by the flooding:

Chautauqua County DRC
Mt. Carmel School
165 Central Ave.
Silver Creek, NY 14136
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays;
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays

Erie County DRC
Gowanda Fire Hall
230 Aldrich St.
Gowanda, NY 14070
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays;
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays

U.S. Small Business Administration
Business Recovery Center
HSBC Bank USA
26 W. Main St.
Gowanda, NY 14070
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Emergency Services Building
303 Court St.
Little Valley, NY 14755
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 2

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capabilities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

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