2013-02-15 / Top Stories

Broad Channel FEMA Center Closing


The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located in the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel is set to close as of Saturday, February 16th. (Photo by Dan Guarino.) The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located in the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel is set to close as of Saturday, February 16th. (Photo by Dan Guarino.) Broad Channel hurricane survivors have until Saturday February 16th to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located in the American Legion hall at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard. At 3 p.m. that center and three other will close to the public.

The other affected locations are Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and Gerristen Beach.

According to a media release, New York State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirm traffic through each center has slowed considerably, indicating survivor’s needs have been met in those areas. By their count, there have been more than 13,000 visits to the four centers combined so far. Residents may still visit any of the other centers throughout New York. All are opened from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

All recovery centers will be closed for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18th. New York Hurricane Sandy survivors have until Feb. 27, 2013, to register for federal disaster assistance, which can include money for rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disasterrelated needs not covered by insurance.

Individuals can find recovery centers and register for FEMA help online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet by going to m.fema.gov or by downloading the FEMA app.

They can also text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA), and a message will be sent back with the address. A Disaster Recovery Center locator is available online at www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

Residents can also call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) users should call 800-621-3362.

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