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Two County-Wide Disaster Recovery Centers Remain Open Columbus Day Holiday

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October 9, 2009
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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Gowanda and Silver Creek will remain open on the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 12 to serve every resident of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie Counties affected by the Aug. 8-10 storms and flooding, state and federal disaster recovery officials said today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) said the current schedule remains in effect. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The centers are closed on Sundays.

The centers are located at:

Gowanda Fire Hall
230 Aldrich St.
Gowanda, NY 14070

Mt. Carmel School
165 Central Ave.
Silver Creek, NY 14136

"The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Nov. 3, less than one month away," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jaime E. Forero, "The centers will remain open on the holiday to provide face-to-face assistance and to encourage storm survivors to register."

Recovery officials urge anyone living in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie counties affected by the severe storms and flooding of Aug. 8-10 to register with FEMA. The major disaster declaration is not limited to residents of Gowanda and Silver Creek. Officials also encourage registration regardless if the applicant:

  • has insurance and has made repairs
  • experienced personal losses
  • filed a claim with the National Flood Insurance Program.

Help is always just a phone call or mouse click away. elp Residents can apply or follow up on their applications by going online to, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Both numbers are available daily from 7 a.m. - 1 a.m.

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 capabilities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

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July 8, 2017 - 10:45
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