FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS
FOR NEW JERSEY
FEMA/STATE NEWS RELEASES
September 5, 2011 - FEMA announced that President Obama has added Monmouth County to the list of New Jersey counties eligible for disaster assistance.
To submit a request for assistance, individuals can apply via the following options:
online at www.disasterassistance.gov
by smartphone at m.fema.gov
by phone (800) 621-FEMA (3362)
by phone for people with speech or hearing disabilities (800) 462-7585
The toll free telephone numbers will operate from 7am - 10pm (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
An overview of the process can be found on FEMA's website: http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm
Register Before Visiting a DRC
· Have Available Before Calling:
m A phone number where you can be reached m Social Security number
m Address of damaged property m Current mailing address
m Brief description of damages (separate from damaged
m Insurance information property if inaccessible)
There is no income threshold for disaster assistance.
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IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW UP:
FEMA OFFICIALS SAY 'KEEP IN TOUCH' TO GET ANSWERS, RESOLVE CONCERNS
NEPTUNE, N.J. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants all survivors of Hurricane Irene to receive the maximum assistance for which they are eligible.
After registering by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), survivors will receive notification by mail within 10 days on whether they qualify for federal disaster assistance.
If eligible, the letter explains how much the grant will be, and for how it is intended to be used.
If ineligible - or if the grant amount reads "0" - you may still qualify. The denial may just mean the application is missing information or that you missed an appointment with an inspector.
FEMA looks at a number of things to determine if a survivor can receive disaster assistance. The agency must be able to:
Verify an applicant's identity. Verify damages. If you believe the inspector didn't see all of your damages, call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Verify home occupancy. Applicants need to provide proof of occupancy such as a utility bill. Collect insurance information.
Call the Helpline to understand why you were denied assistance or go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or m.fema.gov. Changing your eligibility may be as simple as supplying missing paperwork or providing additional information.
"FEMA personnel are here to help," said Vogel. "Keep in touch. Use the Helpline. You'll get answers to your questions and help with understanding the assistance process, and ways to move your personal recovery forward."
Should you need further assistance please call Borough Hall at (732) 446-9235 and we will try our best to help you.