FEMA Office Opens in Albany Park

October 8, 2008

The head of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Illinois  Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the Albany Park floods of September 13-14, 2008 may be eligible to receive federal assistance.
To serve the needs of our affected residents, Alderman Laurino worked with FEMA to open an office in the Albany Park community.   The FEMA Disaster Recovery Office in Albany Park will provide face-to-face assistance to those who suffered damage.
The center opened on October 7 and is located at:
Northeastern Illinois University
Physical Education Building
3600 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL  60625
The center is open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m, seven days a week, until further notice.
Residents are strongly encourgaged to register with FEMA before visiting the site.  There are two ways to register:  log on to or call FEMA's toll free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3363) or TTY 1-800-462-7585.  Residents should register only once; duplicate registrations may cause delays in the delivery of assistance.
Before going to the center, residents should bring identification, Social Security numbers, insurance information, proof of address and contact phone numbers in order to help speed up the assistance process.
Services people can expect to receive at the disaster recovery center include:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery;
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received;
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information;
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance;
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA;
  • U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program information; and
  • Information from representatives of other federal, state, and local agencies

More information is available online at