PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- There are only three weeks left to apply for disaster assistance for those New Jersey residents and business owners affected by the April nor'easter. June 25 is the last day to register for assistance, said officials at the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Federal and state officials urge others affected by the April severe storms and flooding to apply immediately by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are operational from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, until further notice. Residents also may register for assistance online at www.fema.gov.
To date, more than 14,400 households have registered for federal disaster assistance and more than 13,000 homeinspections have been completed. More than $15 million in grants have been approved through FEMA's Individual and Household Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $11.7 million in low-interest disaster assistance loans to date. Homeowners, renters and business owners are reminded that June 25 is also the deadline to submit SBA loan applications.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
FEMA and NJOEM work together to coordinate the federal and state governments' roles 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.