Friday, April 9th, 2010

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Lincoln Park to assist individuals, households and businesses in Morris County affected by the storms and flooding of mid-March.

The DRC, at the Lincoln Park PAL Community Center Building, 10 Boonton Turnpike, Lincoln Park, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and will be staffed with FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and state agency disaster recovery specialists who are ready to help survivors through the assistance process. The DRC will be closed Sundays.

At the Disaster Recovery Center, visitors can receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance; get help completing low-interest loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration for homeowners, renters and business owners; inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance; receive referrals to voluntary agencies to help with immediate unmet needs; and learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disasters.

However, before visiting the DRC, residents are encouraged to register with FEMA.

To register for assistance, residents should call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time.

Residents may also register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov .

More information on recovering from disasters is available online at www.fema.gov .