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.
Fairfield Community Center
376 Hollywood Ave.
Fairfield, NJ 07004
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.