[Contact Info] Disaster relief for Hurricane Irene is now available to residents, businesses and communities in South Jersey and the entire state, Domenick DiCicco said today. “Our region was knocked off its feet from flooding before Irene delivered a second round of devastation,” DiCicco said. “Our residents need relief and I’m glad Governor Christie was able to work with President Obama to make sure South Jersey was eligible for federal disaster assistance.”
Federal aid is now available in all 21 New Jersey counties.
Residents and small businesses can apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for different types of assistance, including temporary housing, repair, replacement or other needs such as disaster unemployment assistance and small business disaster loans.
Residents who sustained damage from Hurricane Irene should apply for disaster assistance even if they have insurance or aren’t certain whether they are eligible.
“FEMA exists to help us through disasters like Hurricane Irene and everyone who has suffered a loss should take advantage of disaster relief,” DiCicco said. “Our area has suffered tremendous loss over the past month and we have a long recovery ahead of us, but I’m confident we’ll pull through and rebuild our communities better than before.”
To register for federal relief, contact FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. The lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Registration is also available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov and following the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” TLS.