For Immediate Release: Thursday November 8, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, Director, Union County Office of Public Information
Tina Casey, Deputy Director

Union County Welcomes FEMA Disaster Recovery Center


Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has opened its first Disaster Recovery Center in Union County, to enable residents to apply for disaster assistance in person. The Center is located at the Chisholm Community Center at 100 South Springfield Avenue in Springfield. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day of the week including Saturday and Sunday.

“Many residents have used FEMA’s website and toll-free number, but for those of you who need an extra hand, the Disaster Recovery Center enables you to talk to a FEMA representative in person,” said Freeholder Chairman Mirabella. “It is very reassuring to be able to speak with someone face to face, so if you have any questions at all about applying for disaster assistance, I urge you visit the Disaster Recovery Center.”

FEMA is expected to open additional centers at other locations in Union County within the next several days. Any of the centers, regardless of its location, can be used by any New Jersey resident.

For residents wishing to use FEMA’s online application process, visit disasterassitance.gov or call FEMA toll free, 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585).

For all updates on Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org or call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234.


Union County Freeholder Christopher Hudak speaks with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Policy Analyst Naomi Johnson at the newly opened FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Springfield. The center was set up to assist residents who suffered property damage and loss due to Hurricane Sandy. Homeowners, renters and business owners can visit the center to register in person for assistance through FEMA and the federal Small Business Administration. The center is located at 100 S. Springfield Avenue in Springfield and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.  (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)