Superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented devastation to South Brunswick, which caused over 400 residents to register for aid from FEMA to date.
The storm caused nearly 400 downed trees and power lines, in addition to knocking out power for the entire township, with some left in the dark for almost two weeks. FEMA is unable to duplicate assistance from an insurance company or other government sources, but they might be able to cover some uninsured losses, police said.
After registering with FEMA, residents will receive a letter concerning the status of their application. Even if the letter states that a person is ineligible, the reason might be that residents have not provided all the required information or documentation FEMA needs, according to police. The letter also lists what additional information may be needed or how to appeal a decision if you don't qualify for immediate assistance.
Some of the reasons for an ineligible classification:
- You haven’t submitted a settlement or denial determination from your insurance company.
- FEMA needs more information to process your application.
- You have not provided proof of ownership or occupancy.
- You did not provide records that showed the damaged property was your primary residence at the time of the disaster.
- You did not sign essential documents.
Appeals must be filed within 60 days of the date of the ineligible decision. Residents in need of assistance are urged to:
- Read the letter carefully
- Ask questions and ask for help
- Tell FEMA if you think the decision is incorrect
Residents can call the agency help line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 or visit a Disaster Recovery Center where you can talk with a FEMA representative about particular situations.
A video that gives more information about how to appeal a FEMA decision can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6486.