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FEMA disaster centers change hours

Mobile disaster center in Queensbury Sept. 24-26

Residents and business affected by Hurricane Irene are urged to visit one of the Disaster Recovery Centers in Essex County.   The centers are located at the Jay Municipal Center in Ausable Forks and the Moriah Fire Department.  The DRCs have information and services and are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday, until the end of October.

Residents and business affected by Hurricane Irene are urged to visit one of the Disaster Recovery Centers in Essex County. The centers are located at the Jay Municipal Center in Ausable Forks and the Moriah Fire Department. The DRCs have information and services and are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday, until the end of October. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout New York state will be open six days a week from now on, according to state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials.

The DRCs – including those at the Jay Municipal Center in Au Sable Forks, the Moriah Fire House and the Lake Luzerne Town Hall – will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed Sundays.

This change does not apply to “mobile” disaster recovery centers, which are typically open for three days at a time, often including Sundays. FEMA will have a mobile recovery center at the Warren County Complex in Queensbury from Saturday, Sept. 24 to Monday, Sept. 26.

This past week, about $53 million in FEMA money was approved for New York state’s recovery efforts due to the damage incurred from tropical storms Irene and Lee. So far, about 27,000 people have registered for federal assistance. FEMA officials urge people affected by the storms to register by visiting the Disaster Recovery Centers or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362). It takes about 15 days to get financial assistance for those who are approved. No credit checks are made, and all information is confidential.

For more information, visit the FEMA website.

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