ALBANY, N.Y. – The state and federal Disaster Recovery Center for Schoharie County will move its operations on Monday, September 19. The new location will be at the Cobleskill Fire Department, 610 East Main Street in Cobleskill. The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
The disaster recovery center will continue to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee along with the subsequent flooding. Disaster-assistance specialists from the Federal Emergency Management agency will staff the center to provide information and guidance for those seeking help.
Also on hand will be representatives from the Small Business Administration and various state agencies to tender critical services to those affected by the storms.
Officials are urging those who have not yet done so to register with FEMA, if possible, before visiting any Disaster Recovery Centers located throughout the regions of the state hit by the storms. By phone, call the FEMA Helpline line at 800-621-3362. The toll-free line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week until further notice. People with hearing disabilities, can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to "apply online for federal assistance."
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.
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.