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Contrary To Rumor, Ocean County's FEMA Centers Remain Open

FEMA's public information officer seeks to quell rumors, and tell people to look past denials

Despite rumors to the contrary, six disaster recovery centers in Ocean County remain open, a FEMA official says.

And people shoudn't give up if they've been denied assistance.

The six FEMA centers are located in Bay Head, Brick, Toms River, Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor and Harvey Cedars, said Cheri Huber, public information officer for FEMA in Ocean County.

They remain open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Bay Head, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Each of those six DRCs are still getting a lot of people," Huber said. "We're going to be here for a while. It's just pretty incredible."

Huber said FEMA is pushing people to register for assistance "because we need to get a better handle on the housing situation."

She said people are getting denial letters, and then giving up immediately. That's a mistake, she said.

"It's recently important that people read the back of the denial letter," she said. "They could have put in the wrong address or it could be a number off."

Huber said FEMA is more than happy to accept appeals.

"We want people to know that they’re eligible for the funds," she said.

MICHAEL December 12, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Where in Toms River??
Lynn December 12, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Fischer Blvd. Old foodtown plaza .
Lynn December 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Fischer Blvd Old foodtown plaza
MICHAEL December 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Thank you...............
Lynn December 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
welcome :)
Cynthia E Miller December 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
people are being consistantly denied by fema in person. not by letters, not by errors, denied in person. how many ways can you get denied. people say to keep trying, put that is just a bunch of bs. they are finding many many different ways to deny you. trust, it is happening. they deny to assist you and request for you to apply for fema loan and then they deny you that, in person after you sit w/them and fill out all of the information then ask, "do you rent" sorry, you are denied if you don't after sitting there w/ the gentlemen going over the application and for them to say that last, are you crazy that should of been the 1st thing to say, so again, you can understand my frustration. if they are happy to accept appeals, how long is going to take, and again be denied. they are making up own rules as they go. for example: since you don't rent your home you are absolutely not eligible for FEMA assistance or loan in any manner. regardless if u live there 7-8 months out of the year and do not use that as your primary address, there are just excuses upon excuses not to help in any manner. I am disguested and ashamed in this grossly overrated organization.
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