Today, I joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other elected officials at the newly-opened FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Mastic Recreation Center at 15 Herkimer St., Mastic, which has been operating since this morning and will be open until 8 tonight. They will be back open again tomorrow at 8 AM until 8 PM. Click here to watch a video of the event on my website.
I was very impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the FEMA staff, and I will ask FEMA to extend their presence in Mastic should strong demand continue for the center's services to the area's homeowners and small businesses. Click to learn more about FEMA assistance that may be available to you.
The first step to receiving assistance is by registering with FEMA. Individuals who sustained losses in designated counties in New York and New Jersey must apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by registering using a web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov for those with internet access.
I also visited the temporary shelters operating at Sachem East and Hampton Bays High Schools. Like at the FEMA Center in Mastic, it was difficult to see neighbors in such difficult circumstances, but also heartwarming to see people pull together in the aftermath of this tragic storm. I'd like to thank the volunteers and government employees at all levels who are doing their utmost to help the community in its hour of need.
Along the way, I continued to see long lines at gas stations and many stations without gas, however I have received reports of some improvement though the day today. With the infrastructure back on-line, I anticipate that the situation will continue to improve in the coming days as regular deliveries resume and demand for gasoline for generators declines.
As always, my office is here to serve you. Please don't hesitate to call 289-6500 if we can be of assistance or if you would like to express your concerns. Messages left at the office will be returned as soon as possible.
Congressman Tim Bishop
First District of New York