BURLINGTON, Vt. – It may be Halloween, but federal and state officials say Vermonters shouldn’t be scared because the last disaster recovery centers will be closing later this week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and its partners will continue to be available to assist anyone who needs help in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene after it closes the centers in Waterbury and Dover on Thursday, said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo.
“There’s nothing to be frightened about. We are going to make sure that every Vermonter who is eligible gets the aid they need,” Russo said. “Assistance is still only a phone call away.”
Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene with questions or who still have not registered may do so by calling toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Registration is also available via web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Multilingual assistance is available if needed. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY should know that assistance is still available, if needed. They can call 800-462-7585 directly; or 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service.
The registration deadline is November 15. This is also the deadline to complete and return a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loan application if you received one.
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.
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 before Friday. The centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance.
The following disaster recovery centers in Dover and Waterbury will be open until close of business Thursday, November 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Waterbury Fire Department
43 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676
Dover Town Hall
120 Taft Brook Road
Dover, VT 05341
During the peak of the recovery, there were 12 disaster recovery centers open throughout the state. A mobile unit also visited several other communities. A total of 4,091 visits have been made to the fixed centers and the mobi...