The Federal Emergency Management Agency has nine Disaster Recovery Centers across Long Island to help homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses or homelessness in Superstorm Sandy.
Nassau opened its fourth center Monday and Suffolk said in addition to its five, a Mobile Disaster Recovery is open through the end of the day at Huntington Town Hall. FEMA, New York State and U.S. Small Business Administration specialists will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available.
In Nassau, the centers can be found at Nassau Community College, Island Park Village Hall, the New Cassel Community Center and at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, where a Red Cross food distribution site and free laundry facility has also been set up.
In Suffolk, the FEMA centers are at the Lindenhurst Public Library, Mastic Rec Center, Islip Town Annex, Suffolk County Center in Riverhead and the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, which is also a Red Cross food site.
A mobile FEMA center will additionally be open at the Patchogue Recreation Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The fixed centers are open seven days a week until 8 p.m. They open at 8 a.m. in Nassau and 9 a.m. in Suffolk.
Visiting a center is not a requirement to qualify for disaster aid. Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov.
Applicants may also call 1-800-621-332 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Service (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.
Applicants will need their Social Security number, current and pre-disaster address, phone number, insurance information, total household annual income, description of losses and bank account routing number. In order to be eligible for FEMA Rental Assistance, applicants must answer “yes” to when asked if they want to relocate.