Tomorrow Is The Last Day To Apply For Hurricane Assistance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, Nov. 30, will be the final day for families, individuals, and businesses in New Jersey that suffered damages from Hurricane Irene from Aug. 27 through Sept. 5 to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

“As the deadline to register for disaster assistance quickly approaches, I encourage New Jerseyans who suffered damage from this year’s devastating storms to take advantage of these critical disaster relief programs,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. “Families and businesses in our state are working hard to recover and this federal aid could help them get back on their feet.”

Even if an insurance settlement has not been determined, individuals must register before the Nov. 30 deadline or face losing the opportunity to be considered for federal assistance. Though FEMA will not duplicate insurance benefits, expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for federal grants after the claim has been paid.

Two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers in Essex and Passaic counties will also close at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30. The centers, which operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., provide face-to-face answers to questions for those who have already registered. Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, register before visiting the centers, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

To register or to contact FEMA: Go to, or call FEMA toll-free, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and 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 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

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