PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Only one week remains for homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the April nor'easter storm and flooding to apply for federal disaster 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).
June 25 is the deadline to register with FEMA and to return disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). To date, more than 15,000 residents in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties have applied for assistance and more than $33 million in federal grants and low-interest loans have been approved.
Federal and state officials urge anyone who suffered damages or loss from the severe storms and flooding that occurred April 14-20 to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. The lines are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until further notice. Individuals also may register at www.fema.gov. The deadline to apply for assistance is June 25.
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.