PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The state/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Secaucus Municipal Building will close on Wednesday, May 9 and a new DRC will open Thursday, May 10 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center in Jersey City. The new DRC, located at 132-150 Martin Luther King Drive, will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice, said officials at the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
To date, nearly 1,500 New Jersey residents affected by the April nor'easter storm have visited DRCs statewide to obtain valuable recovery information. Representatives from the state, FEMA and the SBA are on hand to provide homeowners, renters and business owners with information regarding the types of assistance available. SBA customer service representatives are available to issue disaster loan applications, answer questions about SBA's loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application.
Residents who were affected by the severe storms and flooding of April 14-20 are urged to register for assistance with FEMA before visiting a DRC by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. New Jersey residents may also register online at www.fema.gov.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
FEMA and NJOEM work together to coordinate the federal and state governments' roles 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.