FEMA: New Jersey survivors affected by the remains of Hurricane Ida can apply for potential FEMA assistance

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Trenton, New Jersey – New Jersey homeowners and renters affected by Hurricane Ida and living in counties recently designated for individual assistance may be eligible for assistance from FEMA.

The designated counties are: Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset.

If you have home contents or tenant liability insurance, you should apply as soon as possible. According to the law, FEMA cannot duplicate insurable damage benefits. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for government assistance.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is to go to www.desasterassistance.gov/ or download the FEMA app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

If you cannot apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines are open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. Those using a relay service such as a Videophone, InnoCaption, or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

“FEMA’s mission here in New Jersey and across the country is to help people before, during, and after a disaster,” said Patrick Cornbill, Federal Coordinating Officer. “Residents in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset counties have already started registering for FEMA support and we encourage people in these counties to visit DisasterAssistance.gov to register. “

When requesting assistance, have the following information ready:

  • A current phone number where you can be reached
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now
  • Your social security number, if you have one
  • A general damage and loss list
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and / or the company name

Once it’s safe, start cleaning up. Take photos to document damage and begin cleaning and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts of all purchases related to cleaning and repairs.

Disaster relief may include financial aid for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as other programs to help families recover from the effects of the event.

District residents not designated

New Jersey has launched a data collection portal to collect data from affected individuals outside of the six counties where FEMA declared the Major Disaster Declaration. The government portal will record basic information such as name, location, damage and cost, as well as the needs of the residents and businesses affected. It’s accessible under nj.gov/ida and Damagenj-njoem.hub.arcgis.com

FEMA and the state will continue to evaluate damage in other counties as part of the preliminary damage assessment process, and the state portal will ensure that all Ida damage in all counties in the state is assessed for potential FEMA assistance.

Small Business Disaster Loans

Low-interest catastrophe loans are available from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, tenants, Businesses of all sizes and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate insurance-covered damage benefits.

  • To the small businesses, aquaculture companies and most nonprofits have up to $ 2 million available for working capital needs even when no property damage has occurred.
  • To the Homeowner: Up to $ 200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. To the Homeowners and tenants: Up to $ 40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents can Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov For questions and assistance filling out an application, call 800-659-2955 or send an email [email protected]. SBA answers specific questions about how a disaster loan can help each survivor recover from the disaster damage

For the latest information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4614. Follow the FEMA Region 2 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMAregion2

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