TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy can now visit six newly-opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) if they have questions about recovery programs. Twenty-two DRCs across impacted areas are currently open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. - with the exception of one in Hoboken operating 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To serve the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, all centers are open until further notice including Veteran’s Day.
Before going to a DRC, it is helpful to register with FEMA. Apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
DRCs are set up for residents to be able to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives, but it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance.
FEMA program specialists are available to provide registration and other information, and to answer questions at the centers. These include mitigation specialists who can provide guidance on cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.
In addition to FEMA program specialists, customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to answer questions about the SBA low-interest disaster loan program, and to assist with disaster loan applications.
New DRC locations are:
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Burlington Center Mall
2501 Burlington – Mount Holly Road
Burlington, NJ 08016
Department of Public Safety Annex
77 Park Ave.
Flemington, NJ 08822
Franklin Township Municipal Building
2093 Route 57
Broadway, NJ 08808
Sussex County Community College
1 College Hill Road
Newton, NJ 07860
Belmar Municipal Building
601 Main St.
Belmar, NJ 07719
An applicant may go to any DRC, even if it is located in another state. Once an application has been made, a FEMA registration number is given to the file. It can be accessed nationally.
Other DRCs open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in New Jersey are located in:
Atlantic County Bergen County
Atlantic City Convention Center Bergen County Plaza
1 Convention Blvd., Room 201 1 Bergen Plaza, 4th Floor
Atlantic City, N.J. 08401 Hackensack, N.J. 07652
Cape May County Cumberland County
Cape May Courthouse Public Library Emergency Management Agency Office
30 Mechanics St. 637 Bridgeton Ave., Lower Level
Cape May Courthouse, N.J. 08210 Bridgeton, N.J. 08302
Gloucester County Hudson County
Government Services Building Jersey City Museum
1200 North Delsea Dr. 350 Montgomery St.
Clayton, NJ 08312 Jersey City, NJ 07302
Hudson County – special hours 8a.m to 5p.m.
adjacent to Police Department
59 Washington St.
Hoboken, N.J. 07030
Middlesex County Monmouth County
Sayreville Senior Center Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center
423 Main St. 945 Hwy. 36, Atlantic Highlands
Sayreville, NJ 08872 Leonardo, N.J. 07737
Monmouth County Morris County
Union Beach Municipal Building Morris Plains Community Center
650 Poole Ave. 51 Jim Fear Dr.
Union Beach, NJ 07735 Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Ocean County Passaic County
Brick Township Civic Center Passaic County Department of Health
270 Chambers Bridge Rd. 317 Pennsylvania Ave.
Brick, NJ 08723 Patterson, NJ 07503
Salem County Somerset County
Penns Grove EMS Building Somerset County Human Services
25 East Griffith St. 27 Warren St.
Penns Grove, NJ 08069 Somerville, NJ 08876
Chisholm School Community Center
100 S. Springfield Ave.
Springfield, NJ 07081
SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs)
SBA Customer Service Representatives are also available provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses at Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) at the following locations, until further notice:
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
Stafford Heritage Park Train Station and Rail Car
(Across from Manahawkin Lake between RT 9 and RT 72)
West Bay Avenue
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Hours: Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice
Bergen County Essex County
Bergen Community College Rutgers University
Small Business Development Center Small Business Development Center
355 Main Street, Room 121 25 James Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601 Newark, NJ 07102
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon- Fri Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Fri
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