ALBANY, N.Y. – Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) will open for three days in two New York counties on Tuesday, October 18, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Lee, state and federal officials said today.
Each MDRC will be open through Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In Oxford (Chenango County), the MDRC will be at NBT Bank, 10 North Canal Street; in Maine (Broome County), it will be in the Maine Town Hall, 12 Lewis Street.
The centers will be staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said.
“Before visiting a recovery center, I strongly recommend people seeking assistance to register with FEMA,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr.
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 needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in 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.
Also on hand at the center will be specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said.
People who register with FEMA may be sent a loan application from the SBA. FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for transportation, medical and dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. But applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for FEMA assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.
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.