Mobile FEMA center opens in Piermont Monday

FEMA workers set up Rockland County's Mobile Disaster FEMA workers set up Rockland County's Mobile Disaster Recovery Center at Piermont Village Hall. (Nov. 26, 2012) Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daza

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Help arrived on Monday for Rockland County residents who need assistance in applying for federal disaster aid after superstorm Sandy.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile disaster recovery center opened at noon at Piermont Village Hall, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

"For residents and business owners in storm-ravaged parts of southern Rockland County, I'm pleased to announce that additional federal support is on the way," Schumer said.

Disaster recovery centers provide resources and guidance for residents who wish to apply for FEMA aid and other federal disaster assistance programs. Rockland already has one such center, at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. The new mobile center has begun operating in Piermont -- one of the hardest-hit areas in Rockland -- and eventually will change locations within the county as need dictates.

Federal recovery specialists are staffing the Piermont mobile center from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, and tentatively from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on subsequent days. The center will provide information on housing assistance and guidance to questions and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance.

According to FEMA, more than 69,000 people in New York have registered for disaster assistance and more than $75 million in aid has been approved.

Village Hall is at 478 Piermont Ave. For more information on FEMA assistance, go to www.fema.gov.

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