FEMA: New Jersey survivors affected by remnants of Hurricane Ida can seek possible FEMA assistance


Trenton, New Jersey – Hurricane Ida-affected New Jersey homeowners and renters who live in counties recently designated for individual assistance may be eligible for FEMA assistance.

The designated counties are: Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset.

If you have home or tenant insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is to visit catastropheassistance.gov/ or download the FEMA app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Toll-free telephone lines operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those using a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel must update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

“FEMA’s mission here in New Jersey and across the country is to help people before, during and after disasters,” said federal coordinator Patrick Cornbill. “Residents of Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset counties have already started registering for FEMA assistance and we encourage residents of these counties to visit DisasterAssistance.gov to register.

When you request help, have the following information ready:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the loss and the address where you are currently staying
  • Your social security number, if available
  • A general list of damages and losses
  • If insured, policy number or agent and / or company name

As soon as it is safe to do so, start cleaning. Take photos to document the damage and begin cleaning and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts for all purchases related to cleaning and repairs.

Disaster assistance may include financial assistance for temporary shelter and home repairs as well as other programs to help families recover from the effects of the event.

Undesignated County Residents

New Jersey launched a data collection portal to collect data on those affected outside the six counties where FEMA declared the major disaster declaration. The state portal will record basic information including name, location, damage and costs, as well as the needs of affected residents and businesses. It is accessible to nj.gov/ida and Damagenj-njoem.hub.arcgis.com

FEMA and the state continue to assess damage in other counties through the preliminary damage assessment process and the state portal will ensure that all Ida damage in all counties in the state is assessed for potential FEMA assistance.

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Low Interest Disaster Loans Available for owners, tenants, companies of all sizes and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, the SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.

  • For small enterprises, those engaged in aquaculture and most non-profit organizations, up to $ 2 million is available for working capital needs even if there has been no property damage, with a maximum loan $ 2 million for any combination of property damage and working capital requirements.
  • For owners: up to $ 200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For owners and tenants: up to $ 40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents can apply online on https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov For questions and help filling out an application, call 800-659-2955 or email [email protected]. SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan can help every survivor recover from disaster damage

For the latest information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4614. Follow the FEMA Region 2 Twitter account on twitter.com/FEMAregion2

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