Hurricane Ida Disaster Recovery Centers Opened Today in Morris & Essex

Published on September 20, 2021


Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Disaster Recovery Centers & Community Visits

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) were opened today in Morris and Essex counties to help residents impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also continued to schedule visits to individual communities to augment its outreach efforts.

The Morris County DRC is located at the Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Dr., Morris Plains, N.J. and it is open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. It is closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Essex County DRC is located at the Kmart, where the county also operates a vaccination center, at 235 Avenue #9413 West Orange, N.J. It is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday;  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and closed Sundays.

The federal representatives will be available to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant. FEMA also is scheduling community visits to many of the heavily impacted towns. Below is a list of towns, dates and locations in Morris County:

Community Visits Currently Scheduled:

  • Sept. 22:  Mendham Township, Town Hall, 2 West Main St., Brookside, NJ 07926. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sept. 23 & 24:  Montville Township, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Parking Lot at 195 Changebridge Road, Montville, N.J.
  • Sept. 25:  Borough of Madison, Madison Public Safety Complex, 62 Kings Road, Madison, N.J., 2nd Floor, OEM office.
  • Sept. 26:  Boonton Township, 155 Powerville Road, Boonton Township, N.J. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 27 & 29: East Hanover, East Hanover Police Department Headquarters, 2 Deforest Avenue, East Hanover, N.J. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Sept. 30: Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Community Center, 34 Chapel Hill Road (Borough Hall), Lincoln Park, N.J. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 1: Mine Hill Township, 10 Baker Street, Mine Hill, N.J. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

FEMA has declared that individuals in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance.  People may ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRCs, in addition to online or by phone.


FEMA warning of fraud. Beware of Scam artists, from contractors to property inspectors.

Learn more: FEMA Fraud Fact Sheet.

Read Your Determination Letter Carefully

Hurricane Ida survivors who already have registered with FEMA and applied for disaster assistance may have or will receive a letter explaining the current status of their application. Learn more.

Anyone with a smart phone may download the FEMA App to find the location of each DRC.  To download the FEMA App please visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Other DRCs in New Jersey include:

  • Hudson County: Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus 07094
    • Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Hunterdon County: Union Fire Company #1, 230 N. Main St., Lambertville 08530
    • ○Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Bergen County: Ciarco Learning Center, 355 Main St., Hackensack 07652
    • ○Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Saturday; Closed Sundays
  • Mercer County: Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Trenton 08638
    • ○Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Middlesex County: Middlesex Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Cafeteria B, Sayreville 08872
    • ○Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Passaic County: Civic Center, 19 Warren St., Little Falls 07424
    • Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Gloucester County: Mullica Hill Library, 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill 08062
    • Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Somerset County: North End Volunteer Fire Company #3, 169 North 8th Ave., Manville 08835
    • Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Union County: Elizabeth O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth 07208
    • Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


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 visiting

If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate are currently operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for 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.

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