FEMA opens recovery center in Paterson

PATERSON - New Jersey is bracing for more wet weather as people continue to deal with damage left behind by Hurricane Irene.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a Disaster Recovery Center today at the Paterson Museum on Market Street that will be open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day. The center has been set up to help individuals with information on disaster assistance programs. About 15,000 New Jerseyans have already contacted FEMA and many more are expected to do so.

President Barack Obama told Paterson residents and others affected by the floods in New Jersey on Sunday that help was on the way. Officials suggest everyone who was affected by the floods should apply for financial assistance, even if you have insurance.

City public schools that were scheduled to open today will now open on Thursday. But officials say even that plan could change as officials evaluate the school buildings.

Residents and businesses can register online at:DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.

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