NEPTUNE, N.J. – Federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Irene damage in New Jersey reached nearly $256 million through Nov. 28, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced.
• 47,950 registrations approved for assistance since the disaster declaration Aug. 31
• Nearly $147.7 million approved under the Housing Assistance program for housing-related repairs
• More than $91.7 million approved in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to more than 2,300 households and businesses
• Nearly $12.9 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
• $63,990 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance awarded through Nov. 25 to those who lost jobs because of the disaster
• Public Assistance funds obligated — to help rebuild roads, bridges, utilities, and other public infrastructure — total more than $3.6 million
Not all public assistance projects resulting from the disaster are completed. FEMA picks up 75 percent of the cost and the remainder is paid for by the state and local governments.
“Recovering from a disaster is never easy,” said William L. Vogel, federal coordinating officer with FEMA. “But we’re confident that survivors have taken the important first steps toward renewing their lives and property.”
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.