TRENTON, N.J. -- Federal disaster assistance is being made available to several additional New Jersey counties that suffered damages during Hurricane Irene.
They join the list of nine counties already receiving assistance as a result of the presidential disaster declaration signed August 31.
The counties were added to the declaration following new damage assessments requested by the state, and conducted by local officials, representatives of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The declaration, amended on September 3, now provides:
- Both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance for: Atlantic, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Salem, Sussex and Warren counties
- Individual Assistance for:Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset counties.
- Public Assistance for: Mercer County
"Residents who may be eligible for individual assistance grants should register with FEMA as soon as possible," said William L. Vogel, FEMA's federal coordinating officer in New Jersey.
To register for assistance, flood survivors should call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for people with speech and hearing disabilities (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 6 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.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders 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.