WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Beginning Wednesday, October 26, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Developers Finance Building, 430 Main Street in Williamstown will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
“A review of activity at the DRC indicates that individuals wanting to take advantage of the services provided there will be able to continue to do so during the new time periods,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mark H. Landry with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Anyone in Berkshire and Franklin counties with damage and losses caused by Tropical Storm Irene between August 27 and 29 may visit this DRC. For those already registered, follow-up information regarding FEMA assistance is available. The U.S Small Business Administration loan specialists can help applicants complete their low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions.
Anyone not yet registered has until Wednesday, November 2, 2011 to contact FEMA. Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; those with hearing or speech disabilities can call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov or use a smart phone and enter m.fema.gov.
“FEMA and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continue to monitor the need for the center, and it will remain open until further notice,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz, Director of MEMA.
Since opening on September 6, 2011, more than 760 individuals and business owners have visited the Williamstown DRC.
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.