PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The number of New Jersey counties eligible for federal assistance in the wake of the April 14-20 nor'easter was expanded today, when Camden, Mercer and Gloucester counties were added to the list of counties declared a disaster area by President Bush.
The declaration makes residents of these counties eligible for the federal Individual Assistance grant program. To get assistance, residents must register by telephone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585 or on line at www.FEMA.gov. Assistance for eligible individuals and small businesses includes funds for temporary housing and necessary home repairs, individual and household grants, disaster unemployment assistance, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration and other programs.
Elsewhere in the state, FEMA's six Disaster Recovery Center did a brisk business today, answering questions about the type of assistance available. Representatives from the Small Business Administration were also available to answer questions about the agency's low-interest loan programs.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.