STATE – Monday, Oct. 31, is the deadline for New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Irene to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to seek government assistance.
Last week, FEMA opened a disaster recovery center located at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
Residents can find the disaster recovery center closest to them online at: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm
Prior to visiting a disaster recovery center, residents should register with FEMA either on line at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
At the center, visitors can:
- Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
- Get help completing applications for U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.
- Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
- Receive referrals to voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
- Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.
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