ALBANY, N.Y. – State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Broome, Schoharie and Tioga counties will close at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Closing are the centers at the Vestal Public Library in Vestal, the Nichols Elementary School in Nichols and the Volunteer Emergency Squad building in Richmondville.
Two DRCs, one in Broome County and one in Tioga County, will remain open until further notice to serve the public. People who were unable to visit the facilities closing on Thursday can seek information and guidance at those DRCs that continue to operate.
FEMA and state emergency-management representatives strongly urge people adversely affected by the recent storms and flooding to register with FEMA before visiting any center. Call 800-621-3362 or log onto www.DisasterAssistance.gov to register. For people affected by both Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, FEMA requires that separate registrations be made for each.
The DRCs are staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance, FEMA officials said.
Currently, all of these centers are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays until further notice.
In Tioga County:
Church of the Nazarene, 3732 Waverly Road, Owego, N.Y. 13827.
In Broome County:
Broome County Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton, N.Y., 13901.
Information to have ready when registering includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of 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.
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.