Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The hours at the Disaster Recovery Centers that were established across the state, including in Parsippany in the wake of Hurricane Irene have been changed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management said the new hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Centers will also now be closed Sundays.

The DRC in Parsippany is at the Parsippany Police Athletic League building at 33 Baldwin Road.

DRCs in Warren, Camden, Ocean and Salem completed their operations and closed at the end of the day Oct. 1.

“We are determined to make sure every New Jersey resident affected by Hurricane Irene gets all the help possible,” said State Coordinating Officer Lt. Paul Miller of NJOEM. “Even when the local recovery center demand drops enough that it closes, FEMA information is still available through the helpline at 1-800-621-3362.”

“While registering with FEMA is the first step, you still should follow up on your application and continue to update your contact information,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William L. Vogel. “We urge applicants to follow through with their recovery process.” he said.

The deadline to register is Oct. 31.

Registration may be accomplished online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3262 (FEMA). Registration may also be accomplished on a mobile device at m.fema.gov.

Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY should 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., and multilingual operators are available.