FEMA unveils disaster recovery center in White Plains
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a disaster recovery center in White Plains today to help local residents who have been affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Leo Cattarini, the owner of Rini's Restaurant in Elmsford, says his business took on water from the Saw Mill River during the storm. Today, Cattarini came to FEMA's new outpost at the Westchester County Center to file an application for federal funds.Local leaders say people who come to the disaster recovery center will be offered help with filing insurance claims and applying for federal money to pay for the storm damage. FEMA officials say it's a good idea to register with the agency either online or by phone before coming to the center to speed the process along. The FEMA center will remain open indefinitely.