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Families, individuals and businesses in New Jersey that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene have until the end of the month to register for federal assistance. The deadline for registering for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance is Oct. 31, 2011. 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.


The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Oct. 31.  SBA loan applications are a key part of the FEMA registration process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at or 800-659-2955.

The standard flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program have a 60-day period to file proof of loss. That deadline is Oct. 31.

There are three ways to register – go to, 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.