Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Paterson


PATERSON, NJ - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened  a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Paterson on Friday afternoon, officials announced.

The center will be located at 317 Pennsylvania Avenue. Residents can go there to get information about FEMA, other disaster assistance programs and for questions related to their case.

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"As power is restored and cleanup begins in the wake of Sandy's devastation, I will continue to fight to ensure northern New Jersey residents have the resources they need to rebuild their lives and our communities," said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.  "The DRC will provide Passaic County residents assistance with housing, submission of applications to FEMA and processing claims that have already been submitted. As we continue down the road to recovery, I am committed to working with local, state and federal officials to ensure together we will rebuild a stronger New Jersey."

According to FEMA, New Jersey will have a DRC in every county by next Wednesday.  Bergen County already has a DRC located at Bergen County Plaza.

Passaic County residents can register for assistance at the DRC or by calling 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1 (800) 462-7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired.

Services available at the DRC will 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


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