ALBANY, N.Y. – Two state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will close Friday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m., officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today.
The centers, which are staffed with disaster-recovery specialists to provide information and guidance to homeowners, renters and businesses applying for assistance in recovering from damage and losses suffered from the tropical storms of late August, are the last two such facilities in operation in the state of New York.
Both locations, at the Broome County Library, 185 Court Street in Binghamton, and in Tioga County at the Church of the Nazarene, 3732 Waverly Road in Owego, are currently open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
“We strongly encourage anyone affected by these storms to register with FEMA and then to visit either of these centers before they close for good,” FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr said. “Folks have until December 15 to register, whether losses were sustained from Irene or Lee or both.” Applicants affected by both storms are required to register separately for each.
Once the centers close, Parr said, applicants can still get information and guidance from operators on the FEMA registration Hotline at 800-621-3362. Registration via the Internet is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov; for web-enabled mobile devices the address is m.fema.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” For TTY users, call 800-462-7585.
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.
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