FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Centers In New Jersey

NEWARK — New Jersey residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy can now visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) if they have questions about recovery programs.

Before going to a DRC, it is helpful to register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). Individuals may also register by smart phone at m.fema.gov.

Following Wednesday’s storm, the DRCs in the following locations will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, and close at 8 p.m. Thereafter they will be open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. until further notice.

Cape May Courthouse Public Library
30 Mechanics St
Cape May Courthouse, N.J. 08210

Brick Township
270 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, N.J. 08723

Sayreville Senior Center
423 Main St
Sayreville, N.J. 08872

Jersey City Museum
350 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, N.J. 07302

Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center
945 Hwy. 36, Atlantic Highlands
Leonardo, N.J. 07737

The following DRCs will open Thursday at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Thereafter they are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until further notice.

Memorial School
221 Morningside Ave
Union Beach, N.J. 07735

Adjacent to Police Station
94 Washington St
Hoboken, N.J. 07030

The following DRC locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily:

Chislhom School Community Center
100 S. Springfield Avenue
Springfield, N.J. 07081

Somerset County Human Services
27 Warren Street
Somerset, N.J. 08876

DRC locations change frequently. The closest open offices can be found online at http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm. An alternative is to go to www.fema.gov and search for DRC locator.

An applicant may go to any DRC, even if it is located in another state. The FEMA registration number is a national identifier.

DRCs are set up for residents to be able to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives, but it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance.

FEMA program specialists are at the centers, including Mitigation Specialists who provide information and answer questions about cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.

In addition to FEMA program specialists, customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to answer questions about the SBA low-interest disaster-loan program and to assist with disaster loan applications.

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