PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The state/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Gloucester County Government Services Building, 1200N Delsea Dr., in Clayton, will close Friday, May 18, and will reopen Monday, May 21, as a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) 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 the SBA opened the DRC to provide face-to-face assistance and disaster information to individuals and business owners who suffered damage from the April nor?easter storm.
The Clayton DRC has assisted about 90 Gloucester County residents since opening May 6. Applicants can continue to reach federal and state recovery experts online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. Both lines are operational from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until further notice.
"We believe the transition of the DRC to an SBA office will meet the current needs of county residents," said Lt. George Georgeles, state coordinating officer for disaster recovery.
SBA representatives will continue to provide Clayton-area homeowners, renters and business owners with personal assistance in completing their loan applications, answering questions about SBA's loan program and explaining how an SBA loan can help pay for their disaster losses.
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.