FEMA Joint Field Office: Neptune, NJ
DR-4021-NJ NR-058
FEMA Media Contact: 732-918-4431
SBA: 404-387-8670

TRENTON, N.J. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is extending the registration deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene. Families, individuals and businesses in New Jersey that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene now have until Nov. 30 to register for federal assistance. In Mercer County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Mercer DRC is at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in the Fine Arts Building.

The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by Hurricane Irene events Aug. 27 to Sept. 5 can apply to recoup their losses. The DRC is staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. The DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County. Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered storm damage must bring with them a list of materials or goods lost or damaged as a result of the floods.

Signs are posted on the MCCC campus directing people to the Fine Arts Building and the FEMA DRC. Reserved parking areas are also marked. The West Windsor College Campus is accessible by public transportation. People living in Trenton who need transportation to the West Windsor campus may take the hourly shuttle bus from the Trenton Kerney Campus to the West Windsor campus. Those wishing to take the shuttle must check in with security at the Kerney Campus before riding. The Kerney Campus is at North Broad and Academy streets, Trenton.

There are three ways to register – go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Residents who registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information there. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center at Mercer County Community College.