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Disaster Recovery Center Opened in County Government Services Building

CLAYTON, N.J. – Gloucester County residents affected by the severe storms and flooding caused by the April nor’easter should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance.  After people register either by phone or online they can then consider visiting a Disaster Recovery Center if they have questions or need additional information.

Residents and businesses with damage from the storms may register online anytime at www.fema.gov or by calling-1-800-621-FEMA (3362) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Registering is the first step to get disaster assistance. Even those who go in person to a Disaster Recovery Center will first be asked to register online or over a phone.

A Disaster Recovery Center is now opened. Beginning today the center will be open from 8 am to 7 pm every day until further notice. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Gloucester County Government Services Building, 1200 North Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ.  County agencies supporting the Disaster Recovery Center include the County’s Department of Health, Consumer Affairs and Division of Social Services.  The County’s Office of Emergency Management coordinated the Center to get it up and running.

“Once you’ve registered, consider coming to one of our Disaster Recovery Centers in person,” says FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Peter Martinesco. “There you’ll get a lot of information about the process, and about preventing future damage. Also, you can get a low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration faster by filling out its application right away. Experienced SBA staff at the Disaster Recovery Centers will help you fill it out.”

Low-interest disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration, which have no closing costs or other fees, are the primary source of financial aid to residents who need to repair or rebuild and to businesses with physical damage or economic losses. Homeowners and renters also may be eligible for assistance in the form of grants.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.