TRENTON, N.J. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) announced today the opening of Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to serve residents affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren counties. DRC hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., open daily until further notice.
Before visiting a DRC, individuals should register for assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or 800‑462‑7585 for those who are hearing or speech-impaired. The FEMA application line is open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week, until further notice. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.
DRCs provide residents an opportunity to meet face to face with representatives from state, federal, and voluntary agencies to find answers to questions they may have about the recovery process. Loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to help individuals fill out loan applications and answer questions. Available mitigation personnel can provide applicants with information and advice on how to repair or rebuild a flooded home or structure safely.
The following is a list of locations opening Tuesday, July 11, 2006:
West Ward Fire House
Corner of West State Street and Lee Avenue #25
Municipal Court Parking Lot
South Union Street
Harmony Township Municipal Building
3003 Belvedere Road
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.