WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Williamstown will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, disaster officials announced today. Applicants requiring further assistance may still call the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) toll-free helpline as well as access information via the Internet and the use of mobile devices.
“Now that the registration deadline has passed and daily visits to this center have declined, we feel that the majority of those needing assistance have taken advantage of the center’s services,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mark H. Landry. “FEMA and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are committed to keeping a DRC open for as long as it is needed.”
Closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8:
Developers Finance Building
430 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
This week, the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Next week, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and the final day of operations on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
“Anyone who has registered for disaster assistance may talk to FEMA representatives staffing the helpline,” State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz, Director of MEMA, said. “Access to necessary information is also available via the Web site and by smart phone.”
Call FEMA’s toll-free helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); individuals with speech or hearing disabilities may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Help is also available by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov as well as by using mobile devices and going to m.fema.gov, 24 hours a day.
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.