PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Monday is the last day for New Jersey residents and business owners who were affected by the April nor'easter storm to apply for disaster assistance, said officials at the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
June 25 is the last day applications will be accepted for Individual Assistance. Federal and state disaster recovery officials urge those who have not applied to do so as soon as possible by calling the toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance online at www.fema.gov.
Individuals and business owners should mail their completed SBA disaster loan applications to 14925 Kingsport Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76155 by the June 25 deadline. Individuals may contact SBA by calling 800-659-2955 or by visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call 800-877-8339.
After the application deadline, FEMA's toll-free phone lines will still be available to assist those who have already registered. Applicants who have questions about the disaster assistance programs or questions about the status of their previously filed applications should continue to use FEMA's toll-free number.
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.