FEMA Reaches Out Across Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, And Erie Counties To Encourage Registering For Disaster Assistance

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Release date: 
October 10, 2009
Release Number: 
1857-030

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reaching out to all Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie county residents affected by the severe storms and flooding of Aug. 8-10, reminding them they have until Nov. 3, 2009 to register for disaster assistance.

"We know many parts of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie counties were affected by the storm," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jaime E. Forero. "Everyone who suffered losses in the three- county area should register as soon as possible before the deadline."

"Many of those who have registered are from the Gowanda and Silver Creek communities, which were particularly hard hit," said State Coordinating Officer John R. Gibb, who is also the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) Director. "But others suffered as well, and we encourage them to come forward and register."

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. Online registration is available any time at www.disasterassistance.gov.

So far, more than 1,300 western New Yorkers have registered for state and federal assistance in the three counties and assistance approved is nearly $6 million. More than $1.7 million of that total is in low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Two Disaster Recovery Centers remain open to provide face-to-face assistance to those affected by the flooding. The centers and their hours:

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

Both centers will be open regular hours on the Monday, Oct. 12, the Columbus Day Holiday.

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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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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