Sandy recovery center in Morris Plains closing on Dec. 8


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is closing the disaster recovery center in Morris Plains on Dec. 8 at 7 pm, according to Morris County officials.

FEMA and the state Office of Emergency Management had opened the center, at the borough’s community center, on Nov. 9.

Anyone still seeking federal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy still can apply online or visit another FEMA center.   Here are more details.

The disaster recovery center in Morris Plains is closing on Dec. 8. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The disaster recovery center in Morris Plains is closing on Dec. 8. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


DECEMBER 6, 2012


The Disaster Recovery Center at the Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Drive in the borough, will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Center, operated by FEMA and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, has been open since Nov. 9. Morris County residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy can continue to visit the other DRC’s serving individuals in New Jersey. Anyone can visit any DRC in any county or even another state. A list of centers may be found at

Those affected by Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a DRC.

Individuals can register for assistance and can also follow up on previous applications by registering online at, or by web-enabled mobile device at Registering by telephone or 711/VRS can be accomplished by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Only applying directly with FEMA will establish registration for disaster assistance. Frank Pinto, director of the Morris County Department of Human Services, reminds anyone registering with FEMA that after they do so, there is a need to complete a Small Business Administration loan application.

“Accepting an SBA loan is not required, but completing an SBA loan application is part of the process,” Pinto said. “Once that is done, the applicant may get a loan for assistance or if qualified, the applicant may be eligible for additional assistance, which is the ultimate goal of most applicants.”

An SBA loan application may be found on the SBA website,






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