BURLINGTON, Vt. – Federal and state officials announce the closing of the disaster recovery center in Rutland this Thursday, Oct. 20, but assistance is still only a phone call away.
Vermonters who were affected by Tropical Storm Irene flooding can still apply for federal disaster assistance until Monday, Oct. 31st.
Other centers in Dover and Waterbury will continue to serve Vermonters and be open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 center will close at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20
Rutland Heart Center
1 Commons Street
Rutland, VT 05701
The two centers below will remain open. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dover Town Hall
120 Taft Brook Road
Dover, VT 05341
Waterbury Fire Department
43 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676
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.