TRENTON, 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 www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by a 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.
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
Plainfield Senior Citizen’s Service Center
400 E. Front St.
Plainfield, NJ 07060
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
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 https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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