Temporary FEMA offices to come close to Plainview
November 14, 2012 by Mark
Access to offices of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will soon be just a short drive for Plainview residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. This past Friday, November 9, officials announced FEMA would be opening a disaster recovery center in nearby Westbury. The entire second floor of the North Hempstead Yes We Can Community Center has been rented to the federal agency according to Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman.
On a conference call after the contract for offices had been signed, Kaiman said:
“The biggest frustration is power and power restoration. From a power standpoint, I believe North Hempstead was one of the hardest hit on Long Island.”
Setting-up a local office of FEMA is seen as one way to ease at least some of the stress felt by households and businesses. Since the hurricane made landfall on October 29, communities across Long Island, including Plainview, have had to cope with closed roads, downed power lines, power outages, dead traffic lights, and significant property damage.
Staff members from FEMA have already begun setting-up the offices in Westbury, though the recovery center will not be fully functional for another few days. Over the next couple of months, once personnel and equipment are in place, several hundreds of residents are expected to be seen on a daily basis.
Generally, the Westbury center will provide assistance in navigating the local, state, and federal support programs available to storm victims. Aid and special assistance programs also exist for small businesses, from dry cleaners to printing companies, that may have suffered losses.
The FEMA Westbury offices are located at 141 Garden Street.