Albany, NY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) are opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Clinton County on Monday, June 3, to serve those affected by the April 20 Ausable Forks earthquake. The Center's location and hours of operation are as follows:
Town of Ausable Town Office Bldg.
111 Ausable Street
Keeseville, New York
Keeseville Center Hours:
Mon, June 3 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tues, June 4 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.*
Wed, June 5 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Note extended evening hours.
Another Disaster Recovery Center is currently open in Essex County. The Ausable Forks Disaster Recovery Center is open as follows:
24 School Street
Ausable Forks, New York
Ausable Forks Center Hours:
Wed, May 29 Noon - 6 p.m.
Thurs, May 30 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.*
Fri, May 31 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, June 1 9 a.m. - Noon
*Note extended evening hurs
The centers are open to people from either Essex or Clinton counties.
Individuals who suffered damage to their home or business property in the declared counties are urged to apply first for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
"People can always call FEMA's toll-free HELPLINE at 1-800-525-0321 with questions after they have registered," said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson. "The recovery centers offer people the opportunity to meet face-to-face with disaster experts if they choose."
"We are here to lend a helping hand," said State Coordinating Officer Edward F. Jacoby, Jr. "I urge anyone needing additional disaster-related information to visit the Disaster Recovery Center or call the HELPLINE with questions."
Individuals may go to the recovery center to:
- Learn common-sense measures to reduce the impact of future earthquakes;
- Receive help in filling out low-interest SBA loan packages for homeowners, renters and businesses;
- Learn about available disaster assistance programs.
The center will be staffed with disaster experts including representatives from FEMA, various state agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Information will be available on housing, agricultural and disaster loans available for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations affected by the disaster.