The Public Information Officer for the federal agency helping the North Country in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene wants people to sign up and then come to the Disaster Relief Centers for help.
Panagiotis “Peter” Lembessis, PIO for FEMA programs in Clinton, Essex and Warren counties, said that the best way for people to get help is to register and then contact their DRC.
“I really urge people to call our hotline or to go online and register,” Lembessis said. “Then, we can know what questions they are going to have and know how to better help each person as they come into the DRC.”
Lembessis said that if there is no other way to register, then people will still be welcome to register at the DRC.
“That’s why the centers are there,” he said. “If you need help, go to them. We just urge people to register before so we can better help them.”
Lembessis said that relief programs are going to start being put into place, so people with issues should contact them as quickly as possible.
“The state is doing a great job with their resources,” Lembessis said. “Registration right now is the key. After that, you will have a lot of choices.”
Currently, there are DRC’s in Au Sable Forks, Moriah and Lake Luzerne town hall, and a mobile FEMA station will be either at the Mooers fire department or Plattsburgh town hall, depending on the day.
Essex County Emergency Operations Center will be closing Wednesday at noon though call and coordination efforts will continue for Essex County. Residents are encouraged to apply with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 and completing the Essex County’s Disaster and Flood Damage Survey. Essex County Public Health will continue to offer Tetanus vaccine. Please call 873-3500 to make an appointment.