Middlesex County Urges Residents And Business Owners To Apply For Disaster Aid

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – On Friday, county and municipal officials met with FEMA representatives to discuss the recovery assistance that is available for residents and business owners in Middlesex County following Hurricane Sandy.

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano is urging residents and business owners to continue to file for disaster assistance.

“If you had losses or damage from Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for disaster aid,” said Rafano. “I strongly urge you to register with FEMA and review these other disaster aid options.”

He added, “There are many forms of assistance available for both homeowners and small business owners to take advantage of.”

Middlesex County is coordinating disaster relief efforts closely with federal and state agencies. The following is a list of websites, contact numbers and locations where you can get more for more detailed information:

FEMA

Homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and some nonprofit organizations can register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362, (TTY 1-800-462-7585). These toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Disaster information and recovery resources are available directly from a smartphone browser at m.fema.gov/.

Applicants need to have the following information to register:

  • 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 the applicant can get mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of any financial assistance.

Those looking to apply in person can visit the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Sayreville Senior Center located at 423 Main Street in Sayreville between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to self-employed residents or individuals who worked in New Jersey and are unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy.

The first step is to file for unemployment insurance benefits by calling a New Jersey Reemployment Call Center. Individuals who need DUA may call 732-761-2020 and a DUA specialist will provide assistance.

For information on all New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Programs and services, visit http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/index.html.

Small Business Association

The SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

For more information visit: http://www.sba.gov/ or call SBA Customer Service at 1-800-659-2955.

Those looking to apply in person can visit the SBA Loan Assistance center located in the JFK Library at 500 Hoes Lane in Piscataway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Those who need Disaster Legal Services can call 1-888-LSNJ-LAW.


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