Essex County FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Information

FEMA will have a team of representatives at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) below during the times listed and will assist residents with help in small business loans, insurance, mitigation, and funding from Storm Ida.

No appointment is necessary. 

The DRC is located at:
 Kmart – Co-located with a Vaccination Center
 235 Prospect Avenue #9413, West Orange, NJ 07052
 Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and Closed Sundays

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. The toll-free telephone lines operate are currently operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

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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