Trenton, NJ – Anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy can now visit newly opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Hudson, Middlesex, and Union counties if they have questions about recovery programs. The new DRCs are located in:
Bayonne City Museum, 229 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002
Two other DRCs are open in Hudson County at the Jersey City Museum and next to the Office Depot at 59 Washington St. in Hoboken.
Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
A second DRC is open in Middlesex County at the Sayreville Senior Center.
Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen St., Linden, NJ 07036
Two other DRCs are open in Hudson County at the Chisholm School Community Center, 100 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081 (scheduled to close Dec. 1), and the Plainfield Senior Citizen’s Service Center, 400 East Front St., Plainfield, NJ 07060.
There are now 34 DRCs open in New Jersey. All are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for the center in Bay Head which opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the curfew remains in effect.
Individuals can register for assistance and follow up on previous applications by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by web-enabled mobile device at m.FEMA.gov. By phone or 711/VRS, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
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.
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.
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