NEPTUNE, N.J. –The following is an update on federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Irene recovery through Nov. 8, said officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
• 46,387 registrations have been approved for assistance, averaging more than 680 households per day since the disaster declaration on Aug. 31.
• More than $141 million in Housing Assistance for housing-related needs and repairs.
• More than $12 million in Other Needs Assistance for other necessary expenses and serious needs, such as personal property, transportation, medical and dental expenses, eye glass replacement, funeral and burial expenses.
• More than $74 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to nearly 1,711 households and businesses, averaging more than $35,000 per household, and nearly $107,700 per business.
• Nearly $34,200 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been given to those whose work has been interrupted by the disaster.
Six Disaster Recovery Centers remain open throughout New Jersey. To find the nearest location, visit: FEMA DRC Locator.
Public Assistance — to help rebuild roads, bridges, utilities, and other public infrastructure — currently totals more than $2.25 million. Not all public projects resulting from the disaster are complete at this time; more than 5,000 projects are expected statewide from Hurricane Irene damages alone. Additional projects may result from subsequent storms.
“Having to recover from the back-to-back storms that have occurred has been a challenge for New Jersey residents,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William L. Vogel. “FEMA and its partners remain committed to seeing that New Jersey families get back on their feet.”
Get up-to-date information on the New Jersey recovery at www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=15536.
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.