BURLINGTON, Vt. – Federal and state officials announce the closing of six disaster recovery centers this next week, but assistance is still only a phone call away for Vermonters who were affected by Tropical Storm Irene flooding and they can can still apply for federal disaster assistance until Monday, Oct. 31st.
The centers which are closing are located in Brattleboro, Woodstock, Killington, Northfield, Bennington, and Hartford. Nearly 3,200 applicants have visited one of the 11 temporary fixed sites.
Other centers in Lyndonville, Ludlow, Rutland, Dover, and Waterbury will continue to serve Vermonters and be open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, a mobile disaster recovery center vehicle is now making short visits to several Vermont communities.
It is not necessary for Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene to visit a center in order to receive disaster assistance. In fact, people with storm-related losses are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a center.
Register 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 if needed. 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.
Those who have questions about disaster assistance can call 800-621-3362 and select the “help” option. Applicants who would like to speak to someone face to face can visit a center, which is staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance.
The following two centers will close at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4
Living Memorial Park Skating Rink
61 Memorial Park Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301
The Rock Church
473 Woodstock Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
The following two centers will close at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5
U.S. Post Office (Upstairs)
2046 Route 4
Killington, VT 05751
Northfield Library (Community Room)
93 South Main Street
Northfield, VT 05663
The following two centers will close at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6