FEMA working to establish Atlantic County Disaster Recovery Center

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with Atlantic County officials to identify a location that may serve as a disaster recovery center for individuals and businesses displaced or impacted by Hurricane Sandy who are in need of assistance, according to Atlantic County officials.

In the meantime, there are currently two disaster recovery centers in New Jersey. One is in Cape May County at 30 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House; the other is in Ocean County at the Drum Point Elementary School, 41 Drum Point Road, Brick Township.

Storm victims from Atlantic County may go to either of these sites as they are not restricted to residents of those counties.

Hours in Cape May County are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Disaster recovery centers can provide the following services:

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

Small Business Administration program information if there is a SBA representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site

Storm victims are asked to first call their insurance agency to report damages and then to register with FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362 or register online at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance.gov. The TTY number is (800) 462-7585 for those who are speech or hearing-impaired.

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