ALBANY, N.Y. -- State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in three New York counties will close on October 4, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Facilities in Albany, Saratoga and Warren counties will end operations at the close of business on Tuesday, October 4.
DRCs will close at the following locations:
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186
F.B. Peck Hose Company (Fire Station), 85 Saratoga Avenue, Waterford, NY 12188
Lake Luzerne Town Hall, 539 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
“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.”
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.
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.