What To Expect After Registering For Assistance With FEMA

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FORT MONMOUTH — Inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are contacting New Jersey residents applying for disaster assistance following the storms and flooding of mid-March.

These inspectors have approved FEMA identification badges that include the inspectors name and photo, and the name of the company under contract with FEMA.

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They will ask for information to verify your name and address and registration with FEMA.  They will not ask for a Social Security number nor ask to be paid for the inspection.  The FEMA inspection is free, so beware of fraudulent individuals attempting to charge for an inspection.

The inspection generally takes 30 – 40 minutes, during which the inspector will assess disaster-related damage for both real and personal property and may take photos of the interior and exterior of the damaged dwelling. The inspector will then enter damage-related information into a handheld computer and send that data electronically to FEMA.

The inspector does not determine whether a registrant is eligible for assistance, or the amount of a FEMA grant the individual may receive.

To Register for Assistance
New Jersey residents living in a declared county (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset or Union) who suffered damage to their home or were otherwise affected by the mid-March storm and flooding may be eligible for assistance.

To register for assistance, residents should call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time, and residents may also register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.


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