TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey residents affected by the severe storms and flooding caused by the April nor’easter should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance first, then consider visiting a Disaster Recovery Center if they have questions or need additional information.
Residents and businesses with damage from the storms may register online anytime at www.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Registering is the first step to get disaster assistance. Even those who go in person to a Disaster Recovery Center will first be asked to register online or over a phone.
Six Disaster Recovery Centers opened at noon on Sunday. More will open in the coming weeks. Beginning Monday the centers will be open for 8am to 8pm every day until further notice. The initial Disaster Recovery Centers are located at:
Bound Brook Borough
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Bound Brook,, NJ
Manville Rescue Squad
2 South Third Ave.
Bergen County Office Building
1 Bergen Plaza (next to 10 Main St.)
Fairfield Community Center
376 Hollywood Ave.
Thomas Roger Building
2 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Lumberton Municipal Building Parking Lot
34 Municipal Drive
“Once you’ve registered, consider coming to one of our Disaster Recovery Centers in person,” says FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Peter Martinesco. “There you’ll get a lot of information about the process, and about preventing future damage. Also, you can get a low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration faster by filling out its application right away. Experienced SBA staff at the Disaster Recovery Centers will help you fill it out.”
Low-interest disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration, which have no closing costs or other fees, are the primary source of financial aid to residents who need to repair or rebuild and to businesses with physical damage or economic losses. Homeowners and renters also may be eligible for assistance in the form of grants.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.