ALBANY, N.Y. – State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in five New York counties will close soon, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Facilities in Essex, Nassau, Rensselaer, Suffolk and Ulster counties will end operations at the close of business on Saturday, October 1.
DRCs will close at the following locations:
Moriah Fire Station, 630 Tarbell Hill Road, Moriah, NY 12960
Mitchell Athletic Complex, Park Administration Field House, Building #126,
1 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Uniondale, NY 11553
Social Services Office #11, Administrative Building, 127 Blooming Grove Drive, Troy, NY 12180
H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788
and Riverhead Fire Station, 540 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, 181 Galli Curci Road, High Mount, NY 12441
“We keep our disaster recovery centers open until we feel they are no longer critical in a given area,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “Hurricane Irene left a huge amount of damage in its wake, quickly followed by Tropical Storm Lee. FEMA has to deploy people where they are needed most and often to places where we are still addressing serious problems.”
Parr noted that in Essex and Ulster counties the following DRCs remain open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., to serve the public:
Jay Community Center, 11 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912
Ulster Business Resource Center, 601 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
FEMA strongly urges people adversely affected by the recent storms and flooding to register with FEMA before visiting the disaster recovery centers. Applicants for assistance will be advised where the closest Disaster Recovery Center is located during the registration process. A list is also available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
By phone, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. 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 to have ready when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security 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 Centers will be specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) 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 may be sent a loan application from the SBA.
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