FEMA opens recovery center in Westbury

November 16, 2012 by  

In response to Superstorm Sandy and the Nor’easter that hit a week later, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it would open a recovery center in Westbury.

The recovery center will be located at the North Hempstead ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center. FEMA will have the entire second floor of the community center.

Jon Kaiman, the supervisor for the Town of North Hempstead, which contains Westbury, said that the town was one of the “hardest hit on Long Island.” Two weeks after the first storm, thousands of residents remain without power. The Nor’easter caused an additional 123,000 residents to lose power, though 73,000 of them have had power restored. Westbury residents have also had to deal with gasoline shortages, closed roads, and general damage to property over the past few weeks.

It will therefore be to the relief of many local that FEMA should have the recovery center operational shortly. The center might make use of Westbury brochure printers, as it will provide information on federal, state, and local aid sources to victims of the storms. FEMA is expected to maintain the recovery center for the next one or two months, and it is anticipated that FEMA officials will help hundreds of people each day over that time period.

The “Yes We Can” Community Center has also been serving as the main command center for North Hempstead’s emergency response since the storms. As storm relief efforts continue, the community center has also been the temporary home for 100 state troopers.