ALBANY, N.Y. -- Three state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers will open on Saturday to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and the subsequent flooding, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Friday. The facilities will begin to serve the public officially at 8:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Prattsville Town Hall
49 Main Street
Prattsville, NY 12468
Rotterdam Square Mall
93 West Campbell Road
Rotterdam, NY 12306
Belleayre Mountain Ski Area
Bellearye Mountain Road (off State Route 28)
Pine Hill, NY 12465
The centers will be staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance, according to FEMA. Operating hours will be 8:00 am to 8:00 pm seven days a week until further notice.
"Before stopping by at the recovery center, people seeking assistance are strongly urged to register with FEMA first," said Albany-based FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip Parr. "Having spoken with or otherwise having contacted state or local officials does not count. You must register with FEMA in order to apply for help."
Registration is quick and simple, Parr said. By phone, call the FEMA Hotline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or with any PDA device at m.fema.gov.
Information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security Account number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Center will be representatives from the Small Business Administration who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said. People who register with FEMA will be sent a loan application from the SBA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, according to the SBA. Applicants have six months after approval to decide whether to accept the loan.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation, medical and dental, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. But applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.
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 capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.