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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 It’s not uncommon after a disaster for them to become withdrawn, agitated, disoriented and confused.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.
December 4, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Your home has been damaged and you want to get it back to where it was before Hurricane Sandy. Or, maybe you’re looking to rebuild and need smart ideas on how to make your next home stronger and safer than your last. Knowledgeable and reliable advice will be available at a nearby home improvement store.
December 4, 2012
News Release
Trenton, N.J . -- Hurricane Sandy survivors who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and indicated they had insurance coverage should send in their insurance settlement information as soon as they receive it. The insurance settlement documents allow FEMA to determine if survivors have uninsured or underinsured losses eligible for federal assistance. By law FEMA cannot provide financial assistance for losses covered by insurance. FEMA cannot pay deductibles either. Decisions on FEMA aid are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
December 4, 2012
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Deadlines to apply for Public Assistance (PA) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been extended to December 30, 2012 for all 21 counties. Michael Hall, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer, granted the extension following a request from the New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management. The PA program is a reimbursement program where the federal government provides 75 percent of eligible costs.

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