NEPTUNE, N.J. -- Nearly $137 million in federal disaster assistance to date is helping New Jersey residents recover from Hurricane Irene.
“New Jersey residents who registered quickly really helped us to speed assistance their way,” said William L. Vogel, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Those who had damages but have not yet registered should do so quickly; the Oct. 31 deadline is quickly approaching.”
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and FEMA announce the following summary of assistance as of Oct. 1:
- 34,706 individuals have been approved for FEMA disaster assistance, averaging more than 1,100 per day.
- More than $107.5 million in disaster assistance for housing-related needs.
- Nearly $8 million in Other Needs Assistance for other necessary expenses and serious needs (i.e. personal property, transportation, medical and dental expenses, eye glass replacement, funeral and burial expenses).
- More than $21.4 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to over 450 households and businesses.
- 17 Disaster Recovery Centers are open throughout New Jersey. To find the one nearest you visit: FEMA DRC Locator.
Anyone affected by the disaster may register for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY, call 800-4621-7585. Video Relay Service and 711 are also available by calling 800-621-3362. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Multilingual operators are available. Register anytime online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.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.