BROOKLYN - Residents and business owners who suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene last month can now apply for federal aid at the borough's recovery center.

FEMA opened a disaster recovery center at Brooklyn College on 2900 Bedford Ave. Kings County originally wasn't eligible for state or federal aid after Hurricane Irene struck the region last month, but was recently added to the list.

FEMA specialists will be on-hand to answer any questions about receiving aid for property damage, and will also be able to help those who lost jobs due to Irene, or who lost vehicles in the storm. Specialists say renters or tenants can also apply for aid, even for items such as damaged appliances.

Officials recommend registering with FEMA either on the phone or online before visiting the center. The center will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 7.