FEMA and SBA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center in the Okemo Marketplace, between the Cool Moose Café and Darkside. Designed for both individuals and businesses, it is open from 8-6, seven days a week. Some of the services provided include: 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; and SBA program information. Local resource information will also be available at the Center.
FEMA applications need to be filed by Oct. 31. Whether you are a business, homeowner or renter, and have sustained damage from Hurricane Irene, it is important that you file for FEMA, as so many opportunities stem from there. You are in no way obligated to take a low interest loan if it is offered. Many programs will list having filed with FEMA as one of their requirements.