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New Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Brooklyn on Tuesday

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January 7, 2013
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NEW YORK – The state of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open a new Disaster Recovery Center in Brooklyn at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, to provide one-on-one, face-to-face help for Hurricane Sandy survivors. 

The center will be located at the Gerristen Beach Volunteer Fire Training building, 43 Seba Ave.Brooklyn, NY 11229.

Operational hours for the Disaster Recovery Center are:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday until further notice.

The center is opening as part of FEMA and the state’s ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of survivors who may visit the center to obtain useful FEMA information and apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

More than two months after Hurricane Sandy struck, 21 Disaster Recovery Centers, including the Seba Avenue center, are open throughout New York. In total, recovery centers have hosted more than 120,000 survivors.

To find the nearest recovery center, 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. Or go to the Disaster Recovery Center locator at

Individuals also can find a recovery center – and register for FEMA help – online at or via smartphone or tablet by going to or by downloading the FEMA app. They may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.

People who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) should call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York have until Jan. 28, 2013 to register for federal disaster assistance, which can include money for rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit,, and

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January 7, 2013 - 16:37
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