New Jersey Adds Additional Disaster Recovery Centers in Cape May, Ocean and Union Counties

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November 18, 2012
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LINCROFT, N.J. -- Anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy can now visit newly opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Cape May, Ocean, and Union counties if they have questions about recovery programs. There are now 30 DRCs open daily. The center in Bay Head will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the curfew there remains in effect. All others are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  All DRCs in New Jersey will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22; they will reopen on Friday, Nov. 23, with a permanent change in hours to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Before going to a DRC, it is helpful to register with FEMA. Apply for assistance by registering online at, by a web-enabled mobile device at 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.

At DRCs visitors can speak one-on-one to recovery representatives. FEMA program specialists provide registration and other information, and answer questions.  FEMA mitigation specialists provide guidance on cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.

In addition to FEMA program specialists, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) customer service representatives are available to answer questions about the SBA low-interest disaster loan program, and to assist with disaster loan applications.

The new DRC locations are:

Cape May County                                                    Ocean County

Ocean City Community Center                                  Old Township Building

1735 Simpson Ave.                                                    775 East Bay Ave.

Ocean City, NJ 08226                                                Stafford, NJ 08050


Union County

Plainfield Senior Citizen’s Service Center

400 E. Front St.

Plainfield, NJ 07060

DRC locations change frequently. Updates can be found online at  An alternative site is; search DRC Locator.

An applicant may go to any DRC, even if it is located in another county or state but it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance. Once an application has been made, a FEMA registration number is assigned that can be accessed nationally.

The following is a list of DRC locations in New Jersey:

Atlantic County                                                        Bergen County

Atlantic City Convention Center                                Bergen County Plaza

1 Convention Blvd., Room 201                                 1 Bergen Plaza, 4th Floor

Atlantic City, NJ 08401                                              Hackensack, NJ 07652


Burlington County                                                    Camden County                                           

Burlington Center Mall                                               Public Works Building                                   

2501 Burlington – Mount Holly Road                         2311 Egg Harbor Road

Suite 215                                                                  Lindenwold, NJ 08021

Burlington, NJ 08016


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, NJ 08210                              Bridgeton, NJ 08302


Essex County                                                            Gloucester County

Willing Heart Community Care Center                        Government Services Building

555 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.                                1200 North Delsea Drive

Newark, NJ  07103                                                      Clayton, NJ 08312


Hudson County                                                         Hudson County

Adjacent to Office Depot                                            Jersey City Museum

59 Washington St.                                                      350 Montgomery St.

Hoboken, NJ 07030                                                    Jersey City, NJ 07302


Hunterdon County                                                    Mercer County

Hunterdon County                                                      Mercer County Community College

Department of Public Safety Annex                            1200 Old Trenton Road

77 Park Ave.                                                               West Windsor, NJ 08550

Flemington, NJ 08822


Middlesex County                                                   Monmouth County

Sayreville Senior Center                                            Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center

423 Main St.                                                               945 Highway 36

Sayreville, NJ 08872                                                   Leonardo, NJ 07737


Monmouth County                                                  Monmouth County

Belmar Municipal Building                                         Union Beach Municipal Building

601 Main St.                                                              650 Poole Ave.

Belmar, NJ 07719                                                      Union Beach, NJ 07735


Morris County                                                          Ocean County                       

Morris Plains Community Center                                Bell Crest Plaza                      

51 Jim Fear Drive                                                       Store Front 4C                                                                                                          

Morris Plains, NJ 07950                                              953 Fischer Blvd.                                                                                

                                                                                   Toms River, NJ  08753


Ocean County                                                           Passaic County

Brick Township Civic Center                                       Passaic County Department of Health

270 Chambers Bridge Road                                       317 Pennsylvania Ave.

Brick, NJ 08723                                                          Paterson, 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


Sussex County                                                        Union County

Sussex County Community College                           Chisholm School Community Center

1 College Hill Road                                                    100 S. Springfield Ave.

Newton, NJ 07860                                                      Springfield, NJ 07081


Warren County

Franklin Township Municipal Building                     

2093 Route 57

Broadway, NJ 08808

In addition to the DRCs, there are also SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) for business customers. SBA customer service representatives are available at BRCs to provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance for business losses. They are at the following locations, until further notice:

Atlantic County                                                         Bergen County

Richard Stockton College                                           Bergen Community College

Small Business Development Center                         Small Business Development Center 

35 South Martin Luther King Blvd.                             355 Main St., Room 121

Atlantic City, NJ 08401                                               Hackensack, NJ 07601

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.                       Hours: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Cape May County                                                     Essex County

Cape May County Chamber of Commerce                 Rutgers University

13 Crest Haven Road                                                 Small Business Development Center

Cape May, NJ 08210                                                  25 James St.   

Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.                     Newark, NJ 07102

                                                                                   Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Hudson County                                                         Middlesex County

Small Business Development Center                          John F. Kennedy Library

New Jersey City University                                          500 Hoes Lane

285 West Side Ave., Suites 189 - 191                        Piscataway, NJ 08854                        

Jersey City, NJ 07305                                                 Hours: Mon. - Sat.10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                             Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.                                                                                                                         


Monmouth County                                                  Ocean County

Brookdale Community College                                 Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce

765 Newman Springs Road                                      Stafford Heritage Park Train Station and Rail Car   

Bankier Library, Room 246 (SBDC)                          (Across from Manahawkin Lake between RT 9 and

Lincroft, NJ 07738                                                     RT 72)

Hours: Mon- Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                West Bay Ave.

                                                                                   Manahawkin, NJ 08050

                                                                                   Hours:   Mon – Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Passaic County                                                          Union County

William Paterson University                                         Kean University - SBDC

Small Business Development Center                          Business One-Stop Service – The Incubator

131 Ellison St.                                                             320 Park Ave.

Paterson, NJ 07505                                                     Plainfield, NJ 07060

Hours: Mon- Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                  Hours: Mon- Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All BRCs will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov.22.                                                                  

Renters, homeowners and businesses that do not need one-on-one assistance do not need to visit a center. They can apply for an SBA disaster loan online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

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November 18, 2012 - 16:45
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