SOMERSET, N.J. -- In just five weeks since federal disaster assistance was made available to New Jersey residents, more than $10 million dollars has been approved to assist in the recovery efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
As of May 7, more than 9,100 flood survivors had registered for assistance. Funds awarded to date total $10,819,077, which includes:
- $10,020,363 in Housing Assistance to cover temporary housing, home repairs or replacement
- $798,714 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) to cover essential personal property losses, subsistence items, medical, transportation or serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance
- $2,152,800 in low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
"We remain committed in helping the affected residents throughout this recovery," said Federal Coordinating Officer, William L. Vogel. "There is still help available, and we encourage residents to register with FEMA."
To register for assistance, residents should call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time. Residents may also register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.
"It’s not too late to get into the FEMA system," said State Coordinating Officer Lt. Bill McDonnell. "Affected residents have until June 1 to register for recovery assistance, they can do it either by phone, or they can go online. The sooner they apply with FEMA, the quicker they will start on the path to recovery."
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