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Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, site of a DRC that will close on Saturday.

FEMA announced today that they will close all but one of Brooklyn’s Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), with the last day being this Saturday, February 16.

Here’s part of an e-mail blast they sent out today:

NEW YORK – Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York have until 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, to visit four disaster recovery centers.

The State of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency closely monitor visitor traffic at all New York recovery centers. Traffic at the four centers has slowed, indicating the information needs of survivors in those areas have mostly been met. So far, there have been more than 13,000 visits to the four centers combined.

Survivors who need help may still visit any of the other centers that remain open throughout New York, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Also, all recovery centers will suspend service Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The centers will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The four centers that are discontinuing service Feb. 16 are located at:

American Legion
209 Cross Bay Blvd.
Broad Channel, NY, 11693

Jewish Community Center
YM-YWHA
3300 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11235

Sheepshead Bay Club
3076 Emmons Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11235

Gerristen Beach Volunteer Fire Department Training Hall
43 Seba Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11229

Brooklyn will be left with just one DRC, located in the MCU Parking Lot at 1904 Surf Avenue.

Individuals can also find a recovery center – and register for FEMA help – online or by calling 800-621-3362.

Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York 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 disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery, will host a town hall meeting with residents affected by the storm, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7 pm at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club located at 3076 Emmons Avenue in Brooklyn.

Senator Golden has regularly hosted such meetings as a way for people in his district recovering from Sandy, to speak with and meet with City, State and federal agencies directly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be among the presenters at the meeting.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Just a reminder that State Senator Marty Golden will be holding another in a series of follow-up town hall meetings for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, January 24, 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue.

Also, another reminder that the final day residents affected by Sandy may apply for assistance from FEMA is Monday, January 28. FEMA has a nearby Disaster Recovery Center at the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 43 Seba Avenue, everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following agencies have been invited to the meeting: Rapid Repairs, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA, Department of Financial Services (Insurance), Department of Buildings, Department of Health, Department of Finance, the 61st Precinct, Department of Environmental Protection, National Grid and Con Edison.

For further information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

State Senator Marty Golden will host two follow-up town hall meetings for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The first meeting will be held January 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, 3076 Emmons Avenue. FEMA has a Disaster Recovery Center stationed at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The second follow-up town hall for those affected by Sandy will be held January 24, 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue. FEMA also has a Disaster Recovery Center at the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 43 Seba Avenue, everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following agencies have been invited to both meetings: Rapid Repairs, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA, Department of Financial Services (Insurance), Department of Buildings, Department of Health, Department of Finance, the 61st Precinct, Department of Environmental Protection, National Grid and Con Edison.

For further information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Following demands from local pols in just about all of the communities hard hit by Superstorm Sandy, New York City has decided to extend the application period for its innovative Rapid Repairs program until Monday, January 14.

The program, originally slated to cease accepting applications on December 31, will now be open for an additional two weeks, allowing more time to apply for those overwhelmed with immediate recovery needs to get to the forms.

There is a caveat, though: the program will no longer accept online or telephone applications. Residents seeking to apply must do so in-person at a Disaster Recovery Center like the one that opened today at 3076 Emmons Avenue.

The reason for the in-person registration is that the city requires all applicants to sign a “Right of Entry” form before they visit the home. These forms are now the first step in the process, and the in-person requirement will hopefully speed up repair work.

Rapid Repairs connects residents with registered contractors, and funnels FEMA funds directly to the work – allowing repairs to be done more quickly, and without any out-of-pocket payment by the resident. The repairs are limited to restoring essential services like heat, hot water and power, and also providing the bare minimum to live safely in the dwelling.

(UPDATE [February 4, 2013]: Beginning February 4, all FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will operate 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. All centers have stopped offering service on Sundays.)

More than two months after Sandy devastated the Sheepshead Bay waterfront, FEMA has finally established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Emmons Avenue, providing a one-stop shop for recovery services within walking distance for many hard-hit residents.

The DRC kicked off a “soft opening” today at 1:00 p.m., using space offered by the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club (3076 Emmons Avenue). It will have a regular opening tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Representatives for FEMA did not respond by our deadline to a request for more information, including complete operating hours or a list of services. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein’s office, though, tells us the DRC will operate until January 28.

DRCs offer services, including:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA
  • In-person application for Rapid Repairs
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site

Bay Improvement Group and Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association have been advocating for a DRC to be established in the heart of Sheepshead Bay for weeks, recruiting local pols including Councilman Lew Fidler and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein to champion their efforts. FEMA informed leaders on Monday that they had secured a location and would begin seeing applicants today.

“It took a lot of time and effort to get FEMA and other government agencies to recognize the need for a Disaster Recovery Center in Sheepshead Bay. But we’re happy they’re here now and will do everything we can to get the word out before deadlines like January 12, when displaced residents must leave FEMA hotels; January 14, the deadline for registering IN PERSON for Rapid Repairs; and of course January 28, the last day to register with FEMA,” said Laura McKenna, BIG’s acting executive director.

According to FEMA’s website, other local DRCs have been operating in Gerritsen Beach (2901 Gerritsen Avenue), Brighton Beach (3300 Coney Island Avenue), Coney Island (1904 Surf Avenue) and Gravesend (10 Bouck Court).

UPDATE (1/3/2012 @ 9:30 a.m.): FEMA just informed us that normal operational hours for this Disaster Recovery Center are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. A spokesperson emphasized that FEMA’s final deadline is January 28.