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FEMA Opens Second Disaster Recovery Center in Essex County

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September 8, 2011
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- An additional state and federal Disaster Recovery Center will open on Friday, September 9 in Essex County to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and the subsequent flooding, federal and state emergency management officials said.

This brings to nine the number of centers that are open and operating. The new office is shaded in yellow below:

Westchester County
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Rensselaer County
Social Services Office
127 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Ulster County
Business Resource Center
1061 Development Court
Ulster Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401

Belleayre Mountain Ski Area
Belleayre Mountain Road
Pine Hill, NY 12465

Essex County
Town Hall
11 School Street
Ausable Forks, NY 12912

Moriah Fire Station*
630 Tarbell Hill Road
Moriah, NY 12960
*to open 9/9/11

Schoharie County
Holiday Inn Express
160 Holiday Way;
Schoharie, NY 12157

Greene County
Prattsville Town Hall
49 Main Street
Prattsville, NY 12468

Schenectady County
Rotterdam Square Mall
93 West Campbell
Rotterdam, NY 12306

The centers are staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about hurricane-related assistance, according to FEMA and state officials. Operating hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

"Before visiting a recovery center, I strongly recommend people seeking assistance, to register with FEMA before hand," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip Parr. "Having spoken with or contacted state or local officials does not count. You must register with FEMA in order to apply for help."

Registration is quick and simple, Parr said. By phone, call the FEMA registration line at 800-621-3362. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number at 1-800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at or with any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at

Information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in 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.

New York state agencies will join FEMA to provide services to the public at the centers. These include, but are not limited to: information about state disaster aid and help for unemployed persons and displaced workers as the result of the hurricane; information for senior citizens about state-funded programs; access to forms and services pertaining to motor-vehicle issues; coordination and assistance with any needs for daycare services; and access to MyBenefits pre-screening tool. Representatives of these and other agencies will participate as determined by need.

Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Centers will be specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said. People who register with FEMA will be sent a loan application from the SBA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, according to the SBA. Applicants have six months after approval to decide whether to accept the loan....

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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