BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Barre will be open till 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, but those affected by Tropical Storm Irene can continue to get assistance at other centers in the area.
Residents can also get assistance on FEMA's toll-free line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
"We are redeploying our people throughout the state to better serve all Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene, but we are not leaving the people of Washington County behind," said FEMA's federal coordinating officer Craig Gilbert. "The Northfield and Waterbury centers are still open, and phone and online registration for aid remain available."
The center will be operating from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the Thursday evening closure at Barre Municipal Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill, Barre. The closure was necessary due to a previous commitment for the municipal auditorium.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's individual assistance program covers expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.
Homeowners and renters may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Some applicants may receive an SBA loan application after registering with FEMA. No one is obligated to take out a loan. But if they don't complete the application, they will not be considered for some federal grants.
Anyone who has a question about disaster loans may visit a disaster recovery center to speak with an SBA representative. Staff specialists are also available at the centers to answer other disaster assistance questions. Specialists at the recovery centers can refer applicants to voluntary agencies and provide information to reduce damage in possible future disasters.
Disaster officials encourage those affected by the storm to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center by calling toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly; or 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service.
Applicants who would like to speak to disaster specialists face-to-face can visit a center between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Other disaster recovery centers are in the following locations:
Between Cool Moose and Dark Side Snowboard Shop
57 Pond Street, Suite #4
Ludlow, VT 05149
Hartford Fire Department
2nd Floor Training Room
812 VA Cutoff Road
White River Junction, VT 05001
Northfield Library (Community Room)
93 South Main Street
Northfield, VT 05663
Bennington Fire Department
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201
The Rock Church
473 Woodstock Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
Rutland Heart Center
1 Commons Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Dover Town Hall
120 Taft Brook Road
Dover, VT 05341
U.S. Post Office (Upstairs)
2046 Route 4
Killington, VT 05751
Living Memorial Park Skating Rink
61 Memorial Park Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Waterbury Fire Department
43 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676
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