ALBANY, N.Y. – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout New York state will be open on Columbus Day, October 10, state and federal officials said today. All DRCs in the state are operational daily except Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.
The centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance.
FEMA strongly urges people adversely affected by the recent storms and flooding to register with FEMA before visiting the facilities.
To register 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.