New Jersey Hurricane Floyd (DR-1295)

Incident period: September 16, 1999 to September 18, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 18, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 8, 1999
News Release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- To date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved disaster housing assistance grants amounting to $13 million for 6,212 households in the nine declared counties that suffered flooding due to Hurricane Floyd. "One of the agency's main objectives during a major disaster is to get people into livable housing as soon as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Peter Martinasco of FEMA. "Our Temporary Disaster Housing grant program serves that need." Housing grants may be awarded for one of three reasons:
October 6, 1999
News Release
Hundreds of New Jersey residents now have a better idea of how to take steps that can lessen damage before disaster strikes again, thanks to a Disaster Prevention Weekend offered as part of a nationwide initiative, Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities. Representatives from Home Depot, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of New Jersey, Fannie Mae, the Bank of New York and Chevy Chase Bank, teamed up last weekend at prevention booths at seven Home Depot stores in New Jersey.
October 5, 1999
News Release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The hours of operation for the special toll-free telephone number for people affected by Tropical Storm Floyd have changed. People can register for assistance immediately by calling the toll-free number from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-800-462-9029. Persons with a speech or hearing impairment can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
October 1, 1999
News Release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- A Disaster Information Helpline has been established for those who have been affected by Tropical Storm Floyd and need information about assistance programs or the status of their application for aid. The toll-free number is 1-800-525-0321. People with hearing or speech impairments may call the TTY Helpline at 1-800-462-7585. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management are encouraging anyone with questions about disaster assistance recovery programs to also call the Helpline.
October 1, 1999
News Release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- When Tropical Storm Floyd hit 28,389 New Jersey residents had taken one good step to prepare for the deluge. They were the ones who had flood insurance. "These residents were prepared," said Federal Coordinating Officer Pete Martinasco of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."The smartest thing these property owners did was to purchase flood insurance. It's one of the wisest investments you can make in protecting against future loss of homes and properties."
September 30, 1999
News Release
As federal coordinating officer for New Jersey's recovery from Hurricane Floyd, Pete Martinasco's 12-hour days are generally full of decision making, management tasks and high-tension meetings. But Martinasco is a hands-on sort of guy. So this week he got away from the office and hit the muddy streets of Manville, NJ. "I wanted to ensure that people are taken care of, and to see what's going on," he said.

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