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News Release    

May 17, 2007      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Disaster Recovery Centers to Open for Flood Damage Claims

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) will open Disaster Recovery Centers in Dutchess County to provide residents affected by last month’s nor’easter and subsequent flooding with in-person assistance with the disaster aid application process.

“These centers will provide an opportunity for residents who have not already applied for disaster assistance to do so with the help of FEMA representatives.    It is also a chance for the more than 360 residents who have questions about their current application to get additional information,” stated County Executive Steinhaus.

The following are the dates, times and locations for the Disaster Recovery Centers:

East Fishkill Fire Department Headquarters at 2502 Route 52 in Hopewell Junction.

  • Wednesday, May 23rd   12 pm to 6 pm
  • Thursday, May 24th         9 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, May 25th              9 am to 6 pm

    Dover Town Hall at 126 East Dunkin Hill Road in the Town of Dover.

    • Saturday, May 26th      12 pm to 6 pm
    • Monday, May 28th          9 am to 6 pm
    • Tuesday, May 29th         9 am to 6 pm

    Homeowners, renters and business owners who incurred damage from the disaster can meet with experts for information about:

    • Disaster assistance programs.
    • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans and how to complete applications for them.
    • Building techniques to reduce damage from future floods.
    • Flood insurance.
    • Internal Revenue Service assistance.
    • Other disaster aid programs.

    Residents should register with FEMA prior to visiting the Disaster Recovery Centers. To register for federal and state assistance, call FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  Register anytime online at  Registrants should use the name on their Social Security card when registering online.

    The Disaster Recovery Centers are open to ALL Dutchess County residents who have suffered flood damage, regardless of what town they reside in.   Residents can choose to visit either center.

    “I encourage every resident who has suffered loss due to flood damage to apply for assistance.   More than 360 Dutchess County residents have already applied for assistance to date, but there are many others who have not yet applied.   Residents are entitled to this aid the federal and state government has made available for them to help rebuild after this disaster.   No one should hesitate to apply,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.


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