LEWIS - Residents and business affected by Tropical Storm Irene are being urged to visit one of the two disaster recovery centers that have been established in Essex County.
The centers are located in the town of Jay Community Center in AuSable Forks and the Moriah firehouse. The centers have information and services from various local, state and federal agencies, and are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
"If you have been impacted by flooding or the hurricane you should stop by," Kristen Sayers of the state Department of Health said in a news release. "Everyone has left with either valuable information or potential funding sources."
The Jay Community Center in AuSable Forks, pictured, and the Moriah firehouse are currently serving as information hubs for residents and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Irene.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state Insurance Department, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Labor, Department of Health, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health, the Salvation Army and other organizations are all represented at the disaster centers.
County officials say the centers will remain open as long as people continue to use them.
Meanwhile, the county has announced that its own emergency operations center will close today at noon, although call and coordination efforts will continue. The center has been open since Aug. 28, when Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread flooding that damaged homes, businesses, roads and bridges.
Residents are encouraged to apply with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 and completing Essex County's Disaster and Flood Damage Survey.
Other disaster assistance information is posted and continues to be updated on the Essex County website, www.co.essex.ny.us.
Essex County Public Health will continue to offer tetanus vaccines for Irene survivors, responders and volunteers during regular clinic hours. To make an appointment, call 518-873-3500.