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BREAKING NEWS: FEMA, SBA ANNOUNCE HOURS FOR THE TWO WEEKS BEFORE NOV. 30 DEADLINES

Seven centers remain open to provide federal assistance in the final two weeks leading to Nov. 30, the deadline to register and to submit disaster loan applications for Hurricane Irene damage in New Jersey.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), in Essex and Passaic counties, and five U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) business recovery centers are still open. All will close Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving, a federal and state holiday, and an SBA center in Bergen County will have a shortened schedule during Thanksgiving week. Most will reopen Friday, Nov. 25.

 

FEMA’s DRC hours:

 

ESSEX COUNTY

Fairfield Community Center

376 Hollywood Ave.

Fairfield, NJ 07004

Hours:  Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

PASSAIC COUNTY

Paterson Museum

2 Market St.

Paterson, NJ 07501

Hours:  Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

SBA’s BRC hours:

 

BERGEN COUNTY

New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Bergen Community College

355 Main St.

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Hours:  Mon-Tues, Nov. 21-22 − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Nov. 23-25

Hours:  Mon-Wed, Nov. 28-30 − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Monmouth County OEM

300 Halls Mills Rd.

Freehold, NJ 07728

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

MORRIS COUNTY

Denville Municipal Building

1 Saint Mary’s Place

Denville, NJ 07834

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

PASSAIC COUNTY

Woodland Park Municipal Building

Community Room

5 Brophy Lane

Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

UNION COUNTY

New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Kean University-Incubator

320 Park Ave.

Plainfield, NJ, 07060

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NOTE: All business recovery centers will permanently close Nov. 30.

Customer service representatives at FEMA’s disaster recovery centers and the SBA’s business recovery centers can issue loan applications; answer questions about the disaster loan program; and explain and assist homeowners, renters and businesses with the application process.

The deadline to register with FEMA for assistance and the deadline to submit SBA loan applications for physical property damage is Nov. 30.

To register or to contact FEMA, go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., ET; multilingual operators are available.

Go to an online video describing the “do’s and don’ts when registering for disaster assistance”: www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6486

Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the federal recovery process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible FEMA assistance. Visit the website at: www.sba.gov, call the customer service center at 800-659-2955 or send an email to: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Those with access or functional needs may call TTY 800-877-8339.

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