The Federal Disaster Relief Center in Sidney will be closed after 8 p.m. today, and FEMA officials are reminding residents about the Monday deadline to register for assistance for damages from Hurricane Irene.

The DRC has been set up in the Boys and Girls Club on the second floor of the Sidney Civic Center on Liberty Street. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said residents may apply for aid online or by telephone.

To register for individual aid, call the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362.

Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. People with hearing disabilities may use the TTY number, (800) 462-7585.

Applicants may register online at or with any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at Follow the link to "apply online for federal assistance."

FEMA federal coordinating officer Philip E. Parr said in a media release that registration by Monday for FEMA aid pertaining to Hurricane Irene damages is required even if residents are waiting for an insurance settlement. Registrations cannot be accepted after Oct. 31.

Local FEMA spokesman Thomas Schafer said Wednesday that hundreds of residents have visited centers and applied for assistance, The Sidney DRC had 720 visitors and received 451 applications between Sept. 19 and Oct. 26, he said.

In Schoharie County, there were 623 visitors and 1,711 applications between Sept. 5 and Oct. 26, and the FEMA Mobile DRC had 88 visitors between Oct. 21 and 24.

For Hurricane Irene, the registration period and the deadline apply to the major federal disaster declaration signed by President Obama on Aug. 31, which enabled residents and business owners in many New York counties, including Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie, to register for federal recovery aid.

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