Sunday, November 25th, 2012

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and FEMA have changed the hours of nine Disaster Recovery Centers in the state including the DRC at the Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Drive in the borough.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 26, all DRC services at the Morris Plains DRC will be available for area residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy on a rotating basis for three days at a time.

That means the Morris Plains DRC will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26; Tuesday, Nov. 27; and Wednesday, Nov. 28; and again from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6; Friday, Dec. 7; and Saturday, Dec. 8.

The Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or to get answers to questions related to their individual case, according to the federal agency.

Some of the DRC services may include:

>Guidance regarding disaster recovery
>Clarification of any written correspondence received
>Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
>Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
>Status of applications being processed by FEMA
>SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site

Residents can register for Individual Assistance at the DRC in Morris Plains. Residents can also register online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or they can register by calling 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1 (800) 462-7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired.