Disaster Recovery Centers open

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have opened in Bridgeport and Greenwich to assist home owners and businesses affected by Storm Sandy.

“I am urging any individual or businesses, in the four declared counties, who have suffered losses or damages as a result of Storm Sandy to visit a center and work with the staff there to review what benefits they may be entitled to,” Malloy said.

“These centers provide an opportunity to get answers to any questions and help with filling out an application.”

The Bridgeport Disaster Recovery Center is located at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd.  Its hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Greenwich Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Western Greenwich Civic Center, Room 203, 449 Pemberwick Road.  Its hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Disaster Recovery Centers will be staffed with state and federal disaster recovery specialists, including representatives from the Small Business Administration, who will provide information and answer questions about disaster assistance programs.  The state is working with FEMA on opening additional Disaster Recovery Centers in other affected areas

Residents and businesses in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties who suffered damage as a result of Storm Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting the recovery center by either calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or by going online at DisasterAssistance.gov.  For those with speech or hearing disabilities, the TTY number is 800-462-7585.

“We want to get residents’ lives back to normal as quickly as possible,” Malloy added.  “Registering with FEMA is often the first step in that process.”

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