PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- To date, FEMA has approved disaster housing assistance grants amounting to $ 2 million for New Jersey families and individuals in the eight declared counties that suffered flooding due to Tropical Storm Floyd.
"There is still much more to do," said Federal Coordinating Officer Pete Martinasco. "But we?re registering people, identifying their emergency needs and providing assistance. At the same time, FEMA is committed to working with its federal, state, local partners and voluntary agencies to lessen the impact of this disaster. We want to pave the way for building disaster-resistant communities. This must be our highest priority for the future."
This storm will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, he said. Last year there were 65 disasters in the United States and FEMA spent nearly $4 billion on disaster assistance. In the last 10 years, taxpayers have paid $25 billion to help communities recover.
"That?s why we started Project Impact - to change the way America deals with disasters," Martinasco said. "Trenton and Rahway are examples of communities committed to breaking the repetitive-loss cycle. This partnership ensures communities will bounce back from disaster with far less property loss and consequently much fewer repair costs."
As of the close of business Sunday, Sept. 26:
FEMA approved 831 grants totaling $2 million for emergency rental assistance or minimal home repairs.
11,121 households have registered for assistance. To register for federal and state disaster aid call 1-800-462-9029. People with speech or hearing impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who suffered flood losses may be eligible for a variety of disaster assistance, including emergency housing assistance, disaster unemployment benefits, low-interest loans and grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance.
Thirty-two FEMA Community Relations teams are continuing efforts to provide vital disaster information to people affected by the disaster, and are learning first-hand the problems that people in affected areas are facing. Team members continue to meet face-to-face with those most severely impacted by the floods. FEMA Community Relations staff can gather direct feedback on federal recovery efforts and help ensure people know what aid is available.