WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Buckland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 26 Ashfield Road in Shelburne Falls, Mass 01370 will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, disaster officials announced today. It will also be closed over the Columbus Day weekend, - Saturday through Monday - from 6 p.m. on Friday and reopen for its final day of operation on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The Williamstown DRC, located at the Developers Finance Building, 430 Main Street in Williamstown, Mass 01267, will also be closed on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Monday, Oct. 10. Regular hours of operation, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
“The number of registrations in this area has declined, and we feel that the majority of those needing assistance have taken advantage of the center’s services,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz. “The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and FEMA keep DRCs open for as long as needed in each location.”
Individuals in Berkshire and Franklin counties needing further help and answers to their questions may call FEMA’s toll-free helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals with a speech or hearing disability may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
“Anyone who registers for disaster assistance may access necessary information through FEMA,” Federal Coordinating Officer Mark H. Landry said. “This help is available from representatives staffing the helpline service and Internet sites.”
Help is also available by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov as well as with mobile electronic devices at m.fema.gov, 24 hours a day. They may also continue to visit the Williamstown DRC which remains open until further notice.
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.