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Disaster Recovery Center Update Sussex County Drc Sites To Open

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Release date: 
October 28, 2004
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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. -- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will open in Sussex County to serve those who suffered damages from Tropical Depression Ivan, state and federal disaster recovery officials announced today. Below are the locations, dates and hours of operation:

Municipal Building
Route 23 North
Date/Hours of Operation:
November 1, 2004
10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Municipal Building
Route 206 North
Date/Hours of Operation: November 2, 2004
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sussex County Community College
CR 519 and Plotts Road
Date/Hours of Operation:
November 3, 2004
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

“All of these Disaster Recovery Centers have been opened in an effort to bring recovery officials closer to those who need help. It really functions as a one-stop shop for disaster recovery assistance,” said Peter Martinasco, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) federal coordinating officer. “There are a number of
representatives at these centers from various local, state and federal agencies ready to answer questions, update case files and provide information to those who have already registered with FEMA,” Martinasco added.

“To date, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has mailed more than 573 applications for disaster recovery loans, and only a few have been returned,” said Captain Karl E. Kleeberg, state coordinating officer, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. “People can come to any one of the recovery centers, meet with SBA representatives, complete the applications and turn them in. It’s just that simple,” Kleeberg said. State and federal officials point out that if those applications are not completed and filed with the SBA, all further disaster recovery assistance will cease.

Individuals can begin the disaster application process by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or apply online and find valuable recovery information at . The registration number for those with hearing or speech impairment is TTY 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers and the website are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. If possible, try calling in the evening after 6:00 p.m. or on weekends when call volume often is lighter.

On October 1, 2004, President Bush declared a major disaster for New Jersey, opening the way for the use of federal disaster funds to help people and communities recover from the effects of Tropical Depression Ivan. Residents in Hunterdon, Mercer, Sussex and Warren counties with damages from the storm are eligible to apply for federal and state aid.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became a part of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U. S. Fire Administration.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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