New FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Plainfield

PLAINFIELD – FEMA has opened a new Disaster Recovery Center in Plainfield to held people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The DRC is located at the Plainfield Senior Citizen’s Service Center, 400 E. Front Street, Plainfield and is open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. through Wednesday.

All 30 DRCs in New Jersey will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, and will re-open Friday with a permanent change in hours from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

This is the second DRC in Union County; the other is located at Chisholm School Community Center, 100 S. Springfield Avenue, Springfield.

Before going to a DRC, it is helpful to register with FEMA. Apply for assistance by registering online at, by a web-enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

At DRCs visitors can speak one-on-one to recovery representatives. FEMA program specialists provide registration and other information, and answer questions. FEMA mitigation specialists provide guidance on cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.

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

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