TRENTON, N.J. -- Anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy can now visit four newly opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) if they have questions about recovery programs. With these four, there are now 25 DRCs are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice in New Jersey.
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 allow residents to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives. 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. It is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance.
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:
Camden County Essex County
Public Works Building Willing Heart Community Care Center
2311 Egg Harbor Road 555 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lindewold, NJ 08016 Newark, NJ 07103
Hudson County Ocean County
Adjacent to Office Depot Bell Crest Plaza
59 Washington St. Store Front 4C
Hoboken, NJ 07030 953 Fischer Blvd.
Toms River, NJ 08753
DRC locations change frequently. The closest open offices can be found online at http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm. An alternative is to go to www.fema.gov and search for DRC locator. An applicant may go to any DRC, even if it is located in another county or state. Once an application has been made, a FEMA registration number is assigned. It can be accessed nationally.
Other DRCs 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
Burlington County Cape May County
Burlington Center Mall Cape May Courthouse Public Library
2501 Burlington – Mount Holly Road 30 Mechanics St.
Suite 215 Cape May Courthouse, N.J. 08210
Burlington, NJ 08016
Cumberland County Gloucester County
Emergency Management Agency Office Government Services Building
637 Bridgeton Ave., Lower Level 1200 North Delsea Dr.
Bridgeton, N.J. 08302 Clayton, NJ 08312
Hudson County Hunterdon County
Jersey City Museum Hunterdon County
350 Montgomery St. Department of Public Safety Annex
Jersey City, NJ 07302 77 Park Ave.
Flemington, NJ 08822
Mercer County Middlesex County
Mercer County Community College Sayreville Senior Center
1200 Old Trenton Road 423 Main St.
West Windsor, NJ 08550 Sayreville, NJ 08872
Monmouth County Monmouth County
Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center Belmar Municipal Building
945 Hwy. 36 601 Main St.
Leonardo, N.J. 07737 Belmar, NJ 07719
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
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
Franklin Township Municipal Building
2093 Route 57
Broadway, NJ 08808
In addition to serving individuals in the DRCs, there are also SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to serve business customers. SBA Customer Service Representatives are available to provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses at 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
Hudson County Middlesex County
Small Business Development Center John F. Kennedy Library
New Jersey City University 500 Hoes Lane
285 West Side Avenue Piscataway, NJ 08854
Suites 189-191 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.- Sat.
Jersey City, NJ 07305 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon- Fri
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Bankier Library, Room 246 (SBDC)
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon- Fri
Renters, homeowners and businesses applying 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 https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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