Thursday, February 28, 2013
New Jersey residents who have not yet applied for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now have until April 1, 2013 to do so after today’s approval of the state’s request for a deadline extension for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. April 1 is also the new deadline to complete and return low-interest loan applications to the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).
FEMA assistance may include temporary housing and grants to repair or replace storm-damaged primary residences, as well as other programs to help homeowners, renters, business owners and communities recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, FEMA may provide grants to repair or replace essential disaster damaged or destroyed personal property, including furniture, clothing and automobiles, and may provide assistance for transportation, medical and dental services, and funeral and burial costs to qualified survivors.
By returning the SBA disaster loan application, homeowners may be eligible for assistance to repair or replace their storm-damaged primary residence. Qualified homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $40,000 for replacement of personal property. And businesses and private non-profits may seek to borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace storm-damaged property.
Individuals can register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet by going to m.fema.gov or by downloading the FEMA app. Registrations will also be accepted by phone by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585), 7 AM to 10 PM daily.
Anyone with questions regarding the FEMA registration process, the status of their application and available disaster assistance programs is encouraged to visit the local Disaster Recovery Center located at 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing (behind the Hamilton Mall). The DRC is open 9 AM to 7 PM weekdays and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays; closed on Sundays.
SBA customer service representatives are available by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or visiting www.sba.gov.