PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The state/federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in New Jersey will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. To date, more than 3,300 New Jersey residents affected by the April nor'easter storm have visited one of the 12 DRCs statewide, said officials at the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Beginning Friday, May 25, the following DRCs will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice.
St. Paul?s Episcopal Church
214 Church St.
Bergen County Office Building
1 Bergen Plaza (next to 10 Main St.)
Fairfield Community Center
376 Hollywood Ave.
Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center
132-150 Martin Luther King Dr.
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.