Federal disaster recovery center now open in Hudson County to help residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, authorities said
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Small Business Administration are available at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence, and provide documentation on repairs. and reconstruction to make houses more resilient to disasters.
The Hudson County DRC, which opened on Saturday, is located at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd. It will be open 7 am-7pm Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
People from Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance.
Residents concerned can ask questions or request more information in person at the DRC, additionally online or by phone. Residents can visit any of the DRC locations and find their nearest location through the FEMA app.
Additional centers are open in the following locations:
- Hunterdon County: Union Fire Company # 1, 230 N. Main St., Lambertville, open 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Bergen County: Ciarco Learning Center, 355 Main St., Hackensack, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday; close on Sunday
- Mercer County: Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Trenton, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Middlesex County: Middlesex Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Cafeteria B, Sayreville, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Passaic County: Civic Center, 19 Warren St., Little Falls, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Gloucester County: Mullica Hill Library, 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, open 7 am-7pm, Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Somerset County: North End Volunteer Fire Company # 3, 169 North 8th Ave., Manville, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Union County: Elizabeth O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
if you have home or tenant 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 to visit catastropheassistance.gov/.
If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Toll-free telephone lines currently operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are using a relay service, such as Video Relay Service (VRS), closed captioned telephone service, or the like, give FEMA the number for that service.
When requesting help, have the following information ready:
- A current phone number where you can be contacted
- Your address at the time of the loss and the address where you are currently staying
- Your social security number, if available
- A general list of damages and losses
- If insured, policy number or agent and / or company name
Disaster assistance may include financial assistance for temporary shelter and home repairs as well as other programs to help families recover from the effects of the event.