ALBANY, N.Y. – The state and federal Disaster Recovery
Center (DRC) in Herkimer County, operating in Wal-Mart, 103 North Caroline
Street in the village of Herkimer, will close Tuesday, October 18, at 8 p.m.,
according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Several DRCs remain open to serve the public. People who
were unable to visit the Herkimer facility closing Tuesday can seek information
and guidance at those facilities that continue to operate throughout the area
affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Currently, most of these
centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Applicants for assistance will be advised where the
Recovery Center is located during the registration
process. For those who have already registered, phone FEMA's Helpline at
800-621-3362. A link to a list is also available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
or can be reached directly at http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator.
The centers are staffed with disaster recovery
specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related
assistance, according to FEMA and state officials.
FEMA strongly urges people adversely affected by the
recent storms and flooding to register with FEMA before visiting the centers.
To register by phone, call the Helpline listed
above. People with hearing
disabilities can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register
online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
or with any web-enabled mobile device or smart phone at m.fema.gov.
Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
Information to have ready when registering with FEMA
includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of 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