Monday, September 12th, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Parsippany Police Athletic League building at 33 Baldwin Road to provide face-to-face assistance to those who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Irene.

Federal disaster assistance is now available in Morris and New Jersey’s 20 other counties that suffered damages during Irene.

The Parsippany center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. FEMA urges residents to register before visiting the DRC.

Individuals may register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or they may call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585, or they may use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Both numbers are available from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

At the Parsippany DRC, residents will be able to receive information from FEMA specialists 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; and learn about cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.

The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance will also have staff on hand at the Parsippany center through Wednesday, Sept. 14 to assist county residents with their needs, including processing applications for one-time food assistance through the disaster-related Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

For affected residents without transportation of their own, alternate means of transportation is available, said Deena Cybulski, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Development.

For example, an individual can take the NJ Transit Bus 871 or 874 to Route 46 at Baldwin Road and walk approximately 0.2 miles south on Baldwin Road to the PAL Building. The bus schedule for NJT 871/874, which also run on Saturdays, is available at www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T1871.pdf.

Because of continued flooding, NJ Transit Bus 29 has not resumed service to Parsippany. Its schedule may be accessed at www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0029.pdf. NJT 29 does not serve Parsippany on weekends.

Cybulski advises residents to call NJ Transit (973) 275-5555 or visit www.njtransit.com for the latest service information prior to making their trip.

Parsippany residents can use the Parsippany Free Transit System Route 2 to reach the PAL site, but they should call 973-263-7093 to confirm the buses are running, and check the Parsippany Transit Schedule online at www.parsippany.net/web_content/acrobat/Municipal-Operations-Transit-Schedule.pdf.