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FEMA opens disaster recovery center for individual assistance in Warren County

WARREN COUNTY, NJ- A Disaster Recovery Center is opening Saturday, Sept. 25, in Warren County to help residents in New Jersey affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.

The DRC is located at: Franklin Township Municipal Building, 2093 Route 57 Broadway, NJ 08808

Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 spread through person-to-person contact, wearing a mask or face covering will be required to gain entry. Hand sanitizer will be available to survivors and staff.

Workstations will be spaced six feet apart to provide an extra level of protection for survivors and staff.

FEMA will ensure that common areas are cleaned regularly and workstations are sanitized after each visitor.

Individuals in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. To find a DRC nearest you, click on the FEMA DRC link: fema.gov/drc

Survivors can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC, in addition to online or by phone. Survivors can visit any of the DRC locations and find their closest location through the FEMA App.  To download the FEMA App please visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Additional centers are open in the following locations:

DRC Locations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Friday unless otherwise noted. See below for locations and weekend hours where available.
Bergen County: Phillip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center, 355 Main St., Hackensack 07652

Weekend Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sundays

Essex County: Kmart – Co-located with a Vaccination Center, 235 Prospect Ave. #9413, West Orange 07052

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Friday. Weekend Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and Closed Sunday

Gloucester County: Mullica Hill Library, 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill 08062

Weekend Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Hudson County: Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus 07094

Weekend Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2p.m.

Hunterdon County: Union Fire Company #1, 230 N. Main St., Lambertville 08530

Weekend Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday

Mercer County: Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Trenton 08638

Weekend Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday

Middlesex County: Middlesex Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Cafeteria B, Sayreville 08872

Weekend Hours:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday

Morris County: Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Dr., Morris Plains 07950

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Thursday. Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Passaic County: Civic Center, 19 Warren St., Little Falls 07424

Weekend Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday

Somerset County: North End Volunteer Fire Company #3, 169 N. 8th Ave., Manville 08835

Weekend Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday

Union County: Elizabeth O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth 07208

Weekend Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday

FEMA and NJOEM are committed to opening DRCs in each of the designated counties. These additional centers will be opening soon to support survivors.

If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting disasterassistance.gov/.

If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate are currently operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
  • Your Social Security number, if available
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

Disaster assistance may include financial help for home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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