SOMERSET CO.- The Federal Emergency Management Agency open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in in the 12 counties affected by last month's severe storms and flooding to assist individuals, households and businesses.
With the opening of these DRCs, FEMA will have DRCs operating in all 12 flood-stricken, federally declared New Jersey counties. Each DRC is staffed with FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration and state agency disaster recovery specialists who are ready to help survivors through the recovery process.
Residents affected by the flooding are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a center. To register for assistance, residents should call FEMAs toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for people with speech and hearing disabilities (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time. Residents may also register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.
At the Disaster Recovery Center, visitors can:
Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
Get help completing low-interest loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters and business owners.
Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
May receive referrals to voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.
HOURS AND LOCATIONS OF ALL DRCs
Until further notice, daily hours at each DRC are from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The DRCs are closed Sundays.
1201 Loretta Avenue
Belcoville, NJ 08330
(in Weymouth Township, off Route 50)
Community Services Building
327 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
Cape May County
(Childrens Learning Center)
30 Mechanic Street
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Senior Citizen Center
376 Hollywood Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Government Services Building
1200 North Delsea Drive
Clayton, NJ 08312
Princeton Shopping Center
301 North Harrison Street, Suite C
(between Camillo's Cafe and Ace Hardware)
Princeton, NJ 08540
Sayreville Senior Center
423 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Urban Enterprise Zone Office (Museum)
2 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Sayreville, NJ 08872
Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center
945 Route 36
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Lincoln Park PAL Community Center
10 Boonton Turnpike
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
Paterson, NJ 07501
Cranford Borough Hall
8 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Facilities & Services Building
80 East High Street, 2nd Floor
Somerville, NJ 08876
Disaster registrants from any declared county may visit any of the DRC locations for assistance. Receive up to the minute New Jersey disaster recovery information by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion2.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available for persons, including self-employed individuals, who are unemployed as a direct result of damages caused by last months severe storms and flooding.
Individuals eligible for DUA benefits are those who work in one of 12 federally declared counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union) and lost their jobs directly due to the disaster. Those eligible may also include: (1) individuals who are unable to reach their job because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented by doing so by the disaster, (2) individuals who were to commence employment but were prevented by the disaster, (3) individuals who became the major support for a household because of the death of the head of household due to disaster, or (4) individuals who cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster.
The DUA program is part of the federal disaster assistance process, but is administered by the State of New Jerseys Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD).
Residents who lost their jobs due to this disaster should file a claim for DUA benefits by calling a LWD Re-employment Call Center or by visiting the LWD One-Stop Career Center closest to their home and ask to use the computer system or courtesy phone.
The deadline for filing for DUA benefits is May 12, 2010. DUA claims filed after the deadline may be ineligible for payment.