Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Three Counties to Assist Hurricane Survivors

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Release date: 
September 9, 2011
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TRENTON, N.J. -- FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will open Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8:00 a.m. in Morris, Essex and Union Counties to provide face-to-face assistance to those who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Irene.

The centers are located at:

Parsippany PAL Building
33 Baldwin Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016

Fairfield Community Center
376 Hollywood Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004

The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Residents are urged to register before visiting a DRC. There are two ways to register -- log on to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY, call 800-462-7585; or, use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Both numbers are available from 7 a.m. -- 10 p.m.

Residents can find the DRC closest to them online at: asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm Additional locations will be announced by the FEMA/state joint information center.

At the center, visitors can:

  • Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
  • Get help completing applications for U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.
  • Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
  • Receive referrals to voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
  • Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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