New Jersey Adds Additional Disaster Recovery Centers In Cape May, Ocean And Union Counties

  • Sunday, November 18, 2012
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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, 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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