Recovery Facts as of 8-13-2004
2283 - registrations for assistance from the two counties declared for federal assistance (Burlington and Camden).
1153 - visitors to Disaster Recovery Centers in Cherry Hill, Medford and Lumberton.
$4,045,624 - approved for disaster housing program needs (home repairs and temporary rental assistance).
$744,615 - approved for Other Needs Assistance grants that may include grants for serious unmet needs for personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses.
$2,129,000 - low-interest disaster loan funds approved from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
(Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency)
The Disaster Recovery Centers remaining are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in Camden and Burlington counties and located at:
- Lumberton Middle School, Gymnasium, 30 Dimsdale Drive, Lumberton, NJ
- Burlington County Institute of Technology, Cafeteria, 10 Hawkins Road, Medford, NJ
"We have already sent out almost $7 million in New Jersey for the victims of the severe storms and flooding that occurred between July 12 and July 23", said Peter Martinasco, federal coordinating officer for FEMA."
Capt. Karl Kleeberg, state coordinating officer with New Jersey Office of Emergency Management added "There is only one month left to register and we hope that everyone who may qualify for assistance will register - even people who have insurance because some unmet needs may qualify for low interest disaster loans, or in some cases, grants.
People, who suffered damages during the storms and flooding between July 12 and July 23, should call FEMA'S toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The special number for those with TTY equipment for hearing or speech impairment is 1-800-462-7585. Call 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA disaster specialists have issued 1954 loan applications to homeowners, renters and/or business owners. Officials urge applicants to complete their loan paperwork as soon as possible, even if they have not received a final settlement from their insurance company. The loan application must be returned so that reviewers can determine if people are eligible for other potential forms of disaster assistance - such as grants for serious unmet needs. SBA representatives are available at all Disaster Recovery Centers for applicants who need assistance completing their loan paperwork.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders and m...