SOMERSET, N.J. -- The deadline for flood survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Thursday, July 1, 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) announced today.
Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses in the mid-March floods and who live in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties may be eligible for disaster assistance.
"Time is running out for New Jersey residents and business owners affected by this disaster to register for federal assistance and start on the road to recovery,” said NJOEM State Coordinating Officer Lt. Bill McDonnell. “We urge all flood survivors to register before it’s too late.”
After a federal disaster is declared in an area, many forms of assistance become available to help individuals and families recover and rebuild. The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides funds directly to households affected by a disaster, to assist with minor repairs and clean-up, rental assistance for temporary housing, and other disaster-related needs. To date, more than $15.1 million has been disbursed through IHP to eligible New Jersey flood survivors.
In addition to IHP, low-interest disaster loans are available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA loan applications are given to eligible applicants. If an SBA loan application is received, it should be completed and mailed in immediately. Even if the loan is denied, by submitting the application, registrants may become eligible for additional grants to assist with disaster-related needs.
New Jersey flood survivors can register for aid or check the status of their application by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have speech disabilities (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.
"More than 12,000 flood survivors have registered for assistance since this disaster was declared on April 2, and we urge those who haven’t yet done so to register before the July 1 deadline,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William L. Vogel. “While the deadline to register is July 1, FEMA will always be here to help. Flood survivors who want to follow up on their applications or have their questions answered will always find that help is just a toll-free phone call or mouse click away.”
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.