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NJ Lawmaker Trying to Halt Closure of FEMA Centers

Congressman Frank Pallone isn’t happy that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to close some Disaster Recovery Centers in New Jersey. 

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The Disaster Recovery Centers located in Leonardo and Union Beach are set to close its doors on March 5.

Congressman Pallone fired off a letter today to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate urging on him to halt the planned closures.

“Too many in New Jersey are still suffering and need as much help from FEMA as they can get,” says Pallone. “The DRCs have served an important role in helping residents move forward with recovery and their closure is simply premature.”

Pallone’s letter also calls on FEMA to extend the deadline for New Jersey residents to register with FEMA, citing the extension already approved in New York.

This is Pallone’s second letter to FEMA. Earlier this month, he asked Fugate to address the slow and cumbersome process of advancing flood insurance claims.

“It is simply unacceptable for residents of New Jersey, who have faithfully paid flood insurance premiums for years, to be left in the lurch when they need this assistance the most,” wrote Pallone on February 6. “I respectfully request that you take necessary steps within your power to cut the red tape and expedite the NFIP claims process so that New Jersey homeowners and businesses can begin the path to recovery.”



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