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TRENTON, N.J.—The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mercer County will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the Princeton Shopping Center at 301 North Harrison Street starting Wednesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist residents and businesses whose properties were damaged in last month’s Nor’easter.

The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. The DRC will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County. Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered storm damage must bring with them a list of materials or goods lost or damaged as a result of the floods. County officials from the departments of Housing, Economic Opportunity and Human Services will be on hand to offer guidance and resources, including information on loans, mental health services for those having difficulty coping with the stressful event, and cleanup tips.

“Our hardworking residents and business owners here in Mercer County are now left to pick up the pieces, and we want them to know we can help them get back on their feet,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

Residents who registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information there. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center, which is located in Suite 10C between Smith’s ACE Hardware store and Camillo’s Café.

A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to a specific case.
Some of the services that a DRC may provide:
  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA.
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site.
The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by Nor’easter storm events around March 14 can apply to recoup their losses.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.fema.gov or registering by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week, and applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Individual Assistance, if awarded, can cover reimbursement for a variety of storm-related expenses.

These include, but are not limited to: rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; loans up to $1.5 million for small businesses that suffered disaster-related cash flow problems; and loans up to $500,000 for farmers and other agriculture operators to cover property loss.