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Sandy Storm Updates

Update from FEMA

5/11/2013

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE UPDATE
New Jersey Metrics as of Close of Business May 7, 2013
Registrations for Individual Assistance - 261,450 households
Approved Housing and Other Needs Assistance - $394.2 million
U.S. Small Business Administration total approved disaster loans to businesses - $137.7 million

Deadline to Apply for FEMA, SBA Extended to May 1

4/2/2013

Residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy now have until May 1 to register for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to a prepared statement from the governor's office. 

The deadline extension also applies for homeowner, renter, and business registration with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Disaster Loan Assistance.

Businesses applying for SBA Economic Injury loans still have until July 31 to apply. The loans are for businesses that did not suffer any physical damage, but lost revenue in Sandy's aftermath.

State and federal offiicials have urged all residents and businesses affected by the storm, whether it was through flooding, wind damage or loss of business  revenue, to register with FEMA and SBA.

With this extension, the FEMA and SBA registration periods will now remain open for a full six months after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey.

It is vitally important for people to know that the FEMA individual assistance registration process is essential to receiving any type of federal disaster assistance including grant assistance for homeowners and renters as outlined in our CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) disaster relief action plan.  This deadline will help us ensure that every affected New Jerseyan gets registered, said Gov. Christie in the statement. 

Registering with FEMA is the first step and most important gateway for families to obtain relief across a host of federal and state relief plans including individual assistance for losses due to Sandy and programs to help rebuild or reconstruct to safer standards, and for businesses to access low interest loans and grant programs to get back up and running.

"It is crucial that individuals register with FEMA - FEMA can provide disaster assistance for individuals and families that can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance," the statement says.

People with storm losses in all counties can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov and via smart phone or tablet here.

Survivors also can register by phone or 711/VRS by calling 800-621-3362, TTY800-462-7585.

At the request of the state, FEMA extended the registration deadline another 30 days due to the magnitude of the storm disaster.

The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the SBA, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.


About this column: News and essential information about Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.Related Topics: ApplicationsDamageFEMA,

Tax Break for Victims of Storm Sandy

3/23/2013
The IRS has outlined several tax situations for those effected by Storm Sandy...check it out here.

www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Help-for-Victims-of-Hurricane-Sandy

What is my Base Flood Elevation?

3/23/2013
Check out this Site to Find the Answer:

http://www.region2coastal.com/






FEMA Update

3/15/2013

TRENTON, N.J. -- Disaster assistance to New Jersey survivors of Hurricane Sandy by the numbers as of March 11:

  • $2.7 billion in total National Flood Insurance Program payments made on claims to date
  • $367.3 million in FEMA grants approved for individuals and households
  • $318 million for housing assistance
  • $49.3 million for other needs
  • $586.4 million in SBA disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and businesses
  • $188 million approved in FEMA Public Assistance grants to communities and some nonprofit organizations that serve the public
  • 258,333 people contacted FEMA for help or information
  • 123,695 housing inspections completed
  • 80,844 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers
  • Nine centers are open to assist survivors who have recovery questions

Survivors can register online and check on the status of their applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Recovery assistants remain available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The deadline for survivors to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance and return SBA disaster loan applications is Monday, April 1.

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