Federal Disaster Assistance to New Jersey Tops $242 Million

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November 16, 2011
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NEPTUNE, N.J. – Federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Irene damage in New Jersey topped $242 million through Nov. 15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced.

• 47,065 registrations approved for assistance since the disaster declaration Aug. 31

• More than $143 million approved under the Housing Assistance program for housing-related repairs

• More than $83 million approved in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to more than 2,130 households and businesses

• More than $12 million approved for Other Needs Assistance, which includes serious needs such as personal property, transportation, medical and dental expenses, eyeglass replacement, funeral and burial expenses

• $39,500 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance awarded through Nov. 11 to those who lost jobs because of the disaster

• Public Assistance funds — to help rebuild roads, bridges, utilities, and other public infrastructure — currently totals more than $2.7 million

The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Nov. 30.

To register or to contact FEMA, go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) remain open in Essex and Passaic counties. Business hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. DRCs will close Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday but will reopen Nov. 25. Residents should register before visiting a center. Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

DRCs Open:

Fairfield Community Center
376 Hollywood Ave.
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Paterson Museum
2 Market St.
Paterson, NJ 07501

Go to an online video describing the “do’s and don’ts when registering for disaster assistance”: www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6486

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.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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