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FEMA Disaster Assistance Recovery

Disaster Recovery Center will be open in Union County at Elizabeth O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth, NJ 07208 from 7am until 7pm Monday through Friday, 8am until 5pm on Saturday, and 8am until 5pm on Sunday. Representatives from FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration will be at disaster center to help explain disaster assistance programs and answer any questions your constituents may have.

FEMA and NJOEM are committed to providing equitable service in each of the designated counties. Additional centers will be opening soon to support survivors.

If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by clicking here or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. If it is not possible to apply online, then call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6am to 10pm CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
  • Your Social Security number, if available
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

Disaster assistance may include financial help for temporary lodging and home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.

Click here for Resources Page on the City of Linden Website.