A Disaster Recovery Center in the town of Jay will close this Friday, according to a representative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
But that doesn't mean individuals and families impacted by Tropical Storm Irene can't receive assistance, said FEMA representative Panagiotis "Peter" Lembessis.
Lembessis said Monday that the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Jay Community Center in AuSable Forks will officially shut down at 8 p.m. Friday. He added that specialists from the Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions on loan applications available to individuals, nonprofit groups and business owners.
But Essex County Chairman Randy Douglas, who is also supervisor of the town of Jay, said he hopes FEMA will extend its operation beyond Friday. He told the Enterprise Monday morning he was working on the matter, but he could not be immediately reached for additional information this morning.
According to Lembessis, more than 33,800 people have registered for assistance in New York to date, with approximately $66 million in aid distributed. In Essex County, FEMA has now distributed more than $1,497,000 to 521 registrants.
Lembessis said people who have not registered but need assistance should call 1-800-621-3362 as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Oct. 31.