Six new Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have opened for New Jersey residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Boats tossed onto the shore in Seaside Park by Hurricane Sandy
Boats tossed onto the shore in Seaside Park by Hurricane Sandy (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

DRCs enable residents to speak one-on-one with recovery representatives, but it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance.

There are currently 22 DRCs across impacted areas that are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for one in Hoboken, which operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is helpful to register with FEMA before going to a DRC. You can apply for assistance by registering online, by web-enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.

FEMA program specialists are available, as well as customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), who can answer questions about a  low-interest disaster loan program and assist with disaster loan applications.

 The new DRC locations are:

Mercer County:

  • Mercer County Community College 1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor, NJ 08550

Burlington County

  • Burlington Center Mall 2501 Burlington – Mount Holly Road Suite 215 Burlington, NJ 08016

Hunterdon County

  • Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety Annex 77 Park Ave.Flemington, NJ 08822

Warren County

  • Franklin Township Municipal Building 2093 Route 57 Broadway, NJ 08808

Sussex County

  • Sussex County Community College 1 College Hill Road Newton, NJ 07860

Monmouth County

  • Belmar Municipal Building 601 Main St. Belmar, NJ 07719

 Other DRCs in New Jersey are located in:

Atlantic County          

  • Atlantic City Convention Center 1 Convention Blvd., Room 201    Atlantic City, N.J. 08401                                        

Bergen County

  • Bergen County Plaza  1 Bergen Plaza, 4th Floor Hackensack, N.J. 07652

 Cape May County                            

  • Cape May Courthouse Public Library 30 Mechanics St. Cape May Courthouse, N.J. 08210

Cumberland County

  • Emergency Management Agency Office 637 Bridgeton Ave., Lower Level Bridgeton, N.J. 08302

Gloucester County

  • Government Services Building 1200 North Delsea Dr. Clayton, NJ 08312

Hudson County

  • Jersey City Museum 350 Montgomery St. Jersey City, NJ 07302

Hudson County – special hours 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

  • adjacent to Police Department 59 Washington St. Hoboken, N.J. 07030

Middlesex County   

  • Sayreville Senior Center 423 Main St.   Sayreville, NJ 08872

Monmouth County

  •  Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center 945 Hwy. 36, Atlantic Highlands Leonardo, N.J. 07737
  •  Union Beach Municipal Building 650 Poole Ave.Union Beach, NJ 07735

Morris County                                  

  • Morris Plains Community Center 51 Jim Fear Dr.   Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Ocean County                                    

  • Brick Township Civic Center 270 Chambers Bridge Rd. Brick, NJ 08723

Passaic County

  • Passaic County Department of Health 317 Pennsylvania Ave. Patterson, NJ 07503

Salem County                                               

  • Penns Grove EMS Building  25 East Griffith St.  Penns Grove, NJ 08069

Somerset County

  • Somerset County Human Services 27 Warren St.Somerville, NJ 08876

Union County

  • Chisholm School Community Center 100 S. Springfield Ave. Springfield, NJ 07081

SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs)

SBA Customer Service Representatives are also available provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses at Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) at the following locations, until further notice:

Ocean County

  • Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
  • Stafford Heritage Park Train Station and Rail Car (Across from Manahawkin Lake between RT 9 and RT 72)
  • West Bay Avenue
  • Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Hours:   Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice

Bergen County         

  • Bergen Community College Small Business Development Center  355 Main Street, Room 121   Hackensack, NJ 07601 

  Essex County

  • Rutgers University Small Business Development Center 25 James Street Newark, NJ 07102

Hours:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon- Fri

DRC locations change frequently. The closest open offices can be found online.

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