TRENTON – Direct federal disaster assistance to individual New Jerseyans has now surpassed the $100 million milestone, with more than $116 million in aid going to more than 54,000 residents to date, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno announced today.
In fewer than 30 days since federal disaster declarations were secured for all of New Jersey’s 21 counties, relief efforts have moved quickly to deliver aid to New Jerseyans impacted by Hurricane Irene and storm-related flooding. Of the $116 million in assistance that has been supplied, nearly $104 million has been provided in housing and other needs assistance, while the Small Business Administration has approved nearly $12 million in low-interest disaster loans primarily to homeowners and renters, as well as businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations throughout the state.
“State and federal emergency management officials have been working tirelessly to deliver aid to the families of our state who have been impacted by Hurricane Irene,” said Guadagno. “Through quick work to meet with residents, inspect damage and determine eligibility, relief efforts have now resulted in over $100 million in aid going directly to hard-hit New Jerseyans as they rebuild and recover from these disasters. It is critical that New Jerseyans register for relief before the deadline of October 31. Even if New Jerseyans already have flood insurance or aren’t sure of their eligibility for aid, registering through FEMA is necessary to determine what relief is available to them.”
“Assisting the recovery from a disaster the magnitude of Hurricane Irene takes teamwork and dedication,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer William L. Vogel. “The amount of assistance that’s been provided to date reflects those commitments among our state and local partners.”
Noting that today marks 34 days until the October 31 deadline for New Jerseyans to register for relief with FEMA, Lt. Paul Miller, New Jersey OEM State Coordinating Officer, urged New Jerseyans who have yet to apply to do so immediately – even if they have flood insurance or aren’t certain of their eligibility.
“This milestone demonstrates how severely New Jersey was impacted and how strong our recovery efforts have been,” said Miller. “If you have been impacted by Hurricane Irene in any way, we encourage you to teleregister with FEMA – by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.disasterassistance.gov. You must register with FEMA by Oct. 31, so don’t delay.”
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