FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- In the 12 weeks since federal disaster assistance was made available to New Jersey homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding of mid-March, more than $33 million dollars has been distributed to assist in the recovery efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
As of July 2, 12,837 flood survivors registered for assistance. Funds awarded to date total $33,052,186, which includes:
- $14,234,560 in Housing Assistance to cover temporary housing, home repairs or replacement
- $1,399,850 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) to cover essential personal property losses, subsistence items, medical, transportation or serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance
- $12, 848,400 in low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
- $4,569,376 obligated for 238 Public Assistance projects to fund debris removal and critical public safety measures. Not all public projects resulting from the disaster are completed at this time.
"While the deadline to register for assistance was July 1, we remain committed to helping the flood survivors," said Federal Coordinating Officer, William L. Vogel. "We urge all flood survivors to continue to monitor the status of their recovery in the coming weeks and months, and to visit www.ready.gov to learn how to protect their homes, families and businesses from future disasters."
To check on the status of their application, flood survivors 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.
In addition to monetary aid, the recovery efforts encompassed a wide variety of assistance and community outreach.
- Since the Presidential disaster declaration was signed in early April, 11,554 inspections of storm-damaged homes have been requested, of which 11,478 or 99.3 percent have been completed, typically within 2.6 days
- Teams of State and FEMA Community Relations field specialists distributed tens of thousands of flyers to help identify and assist disaster survivors. In the course of explaining the recovery process, they visited residences, businesses and numerous community-based organizations, schools, town halls and houses of worship, as well as reaching out to the visually-impaired, deaf and those with limited English proficiency.
- In order to educate homeowners on how to reduce vulnerability in future disasters, teams of FEMA flood mitigation specialists offered their expertise at 21 home supply stores.
- Over the course of six weeks, these FEMA specialists counseled nearly 6,500 residents on how to rebuild safer, smarter and stronger, explaining techniques that can reduce damage to homes, businesses and property from future flooding.
- Disaster Recovery Centers were established in all 15 counties eligible for Individual Assistance. By the time the last centers closed on June 11, 4,167 survivors had visited the centers to talk one-to-one with recovery specialists about a wide range of assistance programs.
"The joint state and federal disaster response effort has helped put many thousands of New Jersey flood survivors on the path to recovery," said State Coordinating Officer Lt. Bill McDonnell. "We hope this experience inspires flood survi...