Posted Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Disaster Recovery Center at the Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Drive in the borough, will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Center, operated by FEMA and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, has been open since Nov. 9.

Morris County residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy can continue to visit the other DRC’s serving individuals in New Jersey. Anyone can visit any DRC in any county or even another state. A list of centers may be found at

Those affected by Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a DRC.

Individuals can register for assistance and can also follow up on previous applications by registering online at, or by web-enabled mobile device at

Registering by telephone or 711/VRS can be accomplished by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585.

Only applying directly with FEMA will establish registration for disaster assistance.

Frank Pinto, director of the Morris County Department of Human Services, reminds anyone registering with FEMA that after they do so, there is a need to complete a Small Business Administration loan application, which may be found on the SBA website,

“Accepting an SBA loan is not required, but completing an SBA loan application is part of the process,” Pinto said. “Once that is done, the applicant may get a loan for assistance or if qualified, the applicant may be eligible for additional assistance, which is the ultimate goal of most applicants.”