NEW YORK – Hurricane Sandy survivors in Staten Island, NY have until 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, to visit the disaster recovery center in Midland Park.
The state and FEMA closely monitor visitor traffic at all New York disaster recovery centers. Traffic to this Staten Island center has significantly decreased, indicating the information needs of survivors in the area have been met.
People who need face-to-face help at that center should visit the center Monday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the corner of Father Capodanno Blvd. and Hunter Ave.
Survivors can visit any of the four disaster recovery centers that remain open in Staten Island or one of the 30 other centers located throughout New York.
In addition, more than 1,000 FEMA community relations personnel continue blanketing damaged neighborhoods, going door-to-door delivering information vital to recovery and encouraging residents with property damage to register for assistance. They can help refer survivors to the proper resources for any unmet disaster needs, but they do not assess or document damage. FEMA inspectors will contact survivors directly after they have registered.
Help is always available by calling FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice and assistance is available in most languages.
Survivors who have a speech disability or hearing impairment can call TTY 800-462-7585.
People who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362. Individuals may also register online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Almost 116,000 New Yorkers have already applied online.
To find the disaster recovery center nearest you, the following options are available: Text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA), and a text message will be sent back with the address. Also, check out the disaster recovery center locator at www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.
Recovery centers are one-stop shops for eligible storm survivors to get help as quickly as possible. More centers will become available as sites are identified and approved. Conditions at individual locations may vary and affect opening times.