A Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Hudson County to help residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
The DRC is at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center at 1379 Paterson Plank Rd. in Secaucus. The center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (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.
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 on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
Individuals in Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. To find other DRCs in addition to the one in Hudson County, go to egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator.
FEMA and NJOEM are looking to open DRCs in each of the designated counties. Additional centers will be opening soon, according to FEMA.
Apply online or by phone
Residents with homeowners or renters insurance should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. Those who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for federal assistance.
Apply by visiting disasterassistance.gov or calling 800-621-3362. For those who use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.
When applying for assistance, have information available, including a current phone number, your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying, your Social Security number, a general list of damage and losses, and the insurance policy number or the company name if insured.
Disaster assistance may include financial help for temporary lodging and home repairs along with other programs. For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4614.
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