STATE – Only about three weeks remain for families, individuals and businesses in New Jersey to register for federal assistance for damage suffered from Hurricane Irene.
The deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Nov. 30.
The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Nov. 30. SBA loan applications are a key part of the recovery process. If the SBA determines that as a homeowner or renter you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or toll-free at 1-800-659-2955.
The standard flood insurance policies from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program have a 60-day period from the date of declaration to file proof of loss. That deadline was extended to Nov. 30 as well.
To date, federal assistance totals more than $225 million in aid to disaster survivors, including SBA approved disaster loans of more than $73 million to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and nonprofit organizations.
There are three ways to register: go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs, who use a TTY, may call 1-800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 1-800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.
Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.
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