Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens in Brick Sept. 13

THE FEDERAL Emergency Management Administration is scheduled to open its Disaster Recovery Center in Ocean County at noon, Sept. 13 at the Brick Township Civic Center, Chambers Bridge Road, Brick Township.

"We continue to closely work with FEMA representatives to insure our residents and area businesses receive assistance following any losses that resulted from Hurricane Irene," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "I join with Gov. Christie in urging residents to file for FEMA help as soon as they can."

Residents and businesses were already provided with important information and telephone numbers on how to register for claims with FEMA.

To register for assistance by phone call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice. Help in other languages is available. Or you can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Application can also be made through a web-enabled mobile device or smart phone by visiting m.fema.gov and following the link to "apply online for federal assistance."

When applying for disaster assistance having the following information available is helpful: Social Security number; private insurance information if available; address and zip code of the damaged property; directions to the damaged home or property and a daytime telephone number.

Vicari noted that follow up to claims already taken can be made at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Brick Township Civic Center, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, Suite 11, Brick Township, along with other services.

The center is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week for at least the first two weeks.

At the center, visitors can:
· Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
· Get help completing applications for U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.
· Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
· Receive referrals to voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
· Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.

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