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Office of Emergency Management
May 2, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:      Chief Joseph Pica, Jr.
                       Emergency Management Coordinator
                       (609) 799-1222

                       James Yates
                       Director of Emergency Services
                       (609) 799-8735

 

MERCER COUNTY TO OPEN DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mercer County will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Trenton Fire Headquarters at 244 Perry Street, Trenton, NJ, on Thursday, May 3, 2007, to assist residents and businesses whose properties were damaged in last month’s Nor’easter.

The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. The DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County.

Residents who registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information there.

The DRC will be open starting Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center.

A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to a specific case.

Some of the services that a DRC may provide:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA.
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site.
On April 30, Mercer County residents were declared eligible to register for Individual Assistance with FEMA.

The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by Nor’easter flooding or storm events two weeks ago can apply to recoup their losses.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.fema.gov or registering by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time Monday through Sunday, and applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Individual Assistance, if awarded, can cover reimbursement for a variety of storm-related expenses.

These include, but are not limited to: rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; loans up to $1.5 million for small businesses that suffered disaster-related cash flow problems; and loans up to $500,000 for farmers and other agriculture operators to cover property loss.

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