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December 10, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Seniors who suffered losses when hurricane Sandy pummeled New Jersey don’t have to worry about being hit a second time if they receive disaster funds. FEMA disaster assistance is not counted as income, is not taxed, and has no effect on Social Security or other government benefits.
December 8, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Your home was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and you want to build back better. Or, maybe you have to rebuild your home completely and are looking for smart ideas to make it stronger and safer. For knowledgeable and reliable advice, look no farther than your local home improvement store. Specialists from FEMA will be present with information that will help you rebuild stronger, safer and smarter. They have information about building techniques that can provide more protection for your home, business and property in future disasters.
December 8, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Nine Disaster Recovery Centers in the western area of New Jersey will be closing over the next week and a half.  State and federal officials have been paying close attention to how many applicants are visiting centers throughout the state. Over the past weeks, the number of individuals seeking help at DRCs in the western counties has dropped, indicating the information needs of survivors in the area have mostly been met. 
December 7, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. – Beginning Sunday, Dec. 9, all Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) centers will be closed on Sundays. The centers will continue serving the community during their regular hours on all other days. There are now 33 DRCs open in New Jersey. All are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for the center in Bay Head which opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the curfew remains in effect.
December 7, 2012
News Release
Trenton, N.J. -- Survivors have the right to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision about what assistance they can receive. You may ask for another review to appeal the amount or type of help provided or any other decision about federal disaster assistance.
December 7, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Many survivors of Hurricane Sandy find themselves under additional stress these days. But disaster-related anxiety can be especially high in older adults, particularly those living on their own or isolated from friends and family. Because of their age and other unique circumstances, older adults often react much differently than younger people to catastrophic events. It’s not uncommon after a disaster for them to become withdrawn, agitated, disoriented and confused.
December 6, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. – Fraud and scams are age-old issues that surface in the aftermath of any disaster. Using old and new methods, scam artists seek to obtain vital information or take advantage of survivors focused on recovery. New Jersey residents need to be on alert. Some of the most common scams after a disaster include: Home Repair Scams
December 6, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Feeling blue?  Disoriented?  Powerless? For disaster survivors who may feel overwhelmed after Hurricane Sandy, help is just a phone call away. The New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Helpline at 877-294-4357, or TTY 877-294-4356, is open and ready for talk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
December 6, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved over $42.3 million in disaster assistance loans for 653 New Jersey residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The deadline to apply for physical damage is December 31, 2012. Those affected by the disaster are encouraged to apply now and may apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
December 5, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Before you hang any drywall or put your utilities back in the basement, make sure you’re practicing safe and smart rebuilding methods and following local building codes. It’s your house and you want to get back into it as quickly as possible. But, repairing or rebuilding a storm-damaged home takes thought and requires a lot more than your last do-it-yourself project. First step:  Check with your local government about permit requirements.

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