Less Than A Month Left To Register For Disaster Assistance

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SOMERSET—Those who suffered losses or damages as a result of the severe storms and flooding of mid-March and who live or have a business in the New Jersey counties declared disaster areas by President Obama under the April 2, 2010 declaration have less than a month left to apply for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The deadline for individuals and businesses to register for assistance is June 1, 2010.

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“The registration deadline is quickly approaching, and we want to encourage those who need disaster aid to apply now,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William L. Vogel. “Registering with FEMA is the first step in the recovery process, and help is only a telephone call away or a few clicks away on the Internet.”

To Register for Assistance
Homeowners, renters, and business owners of Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties who suffered damages may 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 1 a.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time.

Flood survivors may also register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov, and can visit any one of 12 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to receive face-to-face assistance.  Survivors can get the location of the DRC closest to their home or business when they register.

Daily hours at each DRC are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The DRCs are closed on Sundays.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal assistance, even if the person has registered with another disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross, local officials or churches.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where you can get mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers if they want direct deposit of any financial assistance

Individuals and business owners should register even if they have flood insurance. Some losses may not be covered by insurance but federal grants may cover those expenses.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

“As the registration deadline approaches, we want to be sure that we have reached everyone who needs help and that that no one is left out,” said State Coordinating Officer Bill McDonnell. “We’re hoping the public will help us spread the message, so please take a few moments to call or knock on your neighbors’ doors to see if they registered with FEMA.”


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