ALBANY, N.Y. -- The state and federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Rockland County will close Thursday, October 13, at 8 p.m., according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Several DRCs remain open to serve the public. People who were unable to visit the Rockland facility closing Thursday can seek information and guidance at those facilities that continue to operate throughout the area affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Currently, most of these centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance, according to FEMA and state officials.
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.
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.