PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The state/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the East Pennsauken Fire Station in Pennsauken will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) beginning Thursday, May 17, federal and state disaster officials announced today. The DLOC will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday until further notice.
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and SBA officials opened DRCs in affected areas of the state to provide face-to-face assistance and disaster information to individuals and business owners who suffered damage from the April nor’easter storm.
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding are reminded that the DRCs provide direct access to state and federal representatives. However, applicants can acquire the same FEMA disaster information by speaking to a representative at the helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired.
The Pennsauken DRC has had 41 visitors, since its doors opened on May 6. To date more than 2,300 affected New Jersey residents have visited one of the 13 DRCs opened statewide to provide valuable recovery information. Representatives from the state, FEMA and the SBA are on hand at the DRCs 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 individuals complete their applications.