FEMA Disaster Centers Open in Nassau and Suffolk



ALBANY, NY— Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Specialists from the state of New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
The recovery centers act as a one-stop-shop for eligible survivors where they can meet with both state and federal workers and get help as quickly as possible.
Locations and hours:

Nassau County

Nassau Community College
1 Education Drive, Garden City, NY
Hours: Nov. 1, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Nov. 2 to further notice: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Suffolk County

Edward W. Bauer Elementary School
315 Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst, NY
Hours: Thurs. Nov 1, 1 to 7 p.m. and Fri. Nov 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*On Monday, Nov. 5, this DRC will be moved to a fixed location at the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge, NY.

Disaster recovery officials work closely with community leaders to find locations that provide safe and easy access for all survivors. More recovery centers will open as sites are identified and approved.
Visiting with a recovery specialist is not a requirement for survivors who want disaster assistance, but the centers are an excellent way for people to get answers to their questions about disaster aid and help applying for it.

Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.  If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT, seven days a week until further notice.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.