Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) releases a statistical snapshot of its disaster relief efforts.
The following is from a FEMA news release: Disaster assistance to New Jersey survivors of Hurricane Sandy by the numbers as of March 4: 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 April 1. Survivors can ask questions about their SBA disaster home or business loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailing …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Governor: Don't listen to 'dopes' saying to hold off.
Sunday, March 3
Gov. Chris Christie took a stand against public officials and community leaders calling on residents to wait for potential changes to Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps before elevating or rebuilding their homes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Christie, speaking in Lavallette last month, said the state's adoption of FEMA's advisory base flood elevation maps last month will ensure residents build smarter and stronger, and avoid the consequences that came in Sandy's storm surge. "Fight away, I'm fighting too, but don't tell people not to rebuild their homes if they want to," said Christie. "Don't we want people in safer homes and more resilient homes?" Some have called on residents to wait for FEMA to put out revised, …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
FEMA releases search engine allowing residents to learn more about base flood elevation
New "Advisory Base Flood Elevations" are now posted to this interactive map from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the agency says should provide a post-Hurricane Sandy picture of flood risk as residents rebuild. Residents can input an address and see what the advisory base flood elevation is specific to that location, as FEMA updates its site. The interactive map aims to equip residents "with more precise information about the flood risk they face, allowing them to make more informed decisions to reduce their personal risk to life and property," announced FEMA in a recent statement. With a storm surge and continued flooding along waterfront areas after Hurricane Sandy, the advisory base flood elevation hopes to answer the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Funds can be invested in new equipment and training or safety operations.
The Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department was one of six departments statewide to receive part of more than $640,000 in federal funding this week. U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced Monday the awarding of the funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Monmouth Junction received the highest grant award at $231,434, money that can be invested in new equipment and training or safety operations. “Our firefighters are ready to sacrifice everything in responding to emergencies and keeping our communities safe," said Sen. Menendez via release. "We are obligated to do everything we can to help them obtain the equipment that helps them work…
Friday, January 4, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives approved funding for the National Flood Insurance Program.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Friday afternoon allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to borrow $9.7 billion to pay insurance claims made by victims of Hurricane Sandy. The bill, HR 41, temporarily increases the borrowing authority of FEMA to allow the agency to carry out payment claims made by property owners to the National Flood Insurance Program. Congress moved to approve the funding stop-gap Friday after concerns were raised that aid for Sandy victims had been delayed too long. The House, specifically, Majority Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, came under fire for tabling a Sandy aid package until after the New Year. Congress is expected to vote on two additional bills authorizing more than…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Gov. Christie's office announced an extension for New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to register for disaster assistance.
The deadline for New Jersey residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy to apply for disaster assistance has been extended, Gov. Chris Christie's office announced Tuesday. Residents now have until Jan. 30, 2013, to register for disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline to apply for aid was originally set to expire on Dec. 27, 60 days after FEMA launched its recovery effort, though considering the totality of the damage and the number of households affected by Sandy, the State appealed for more time to accommodate all of its residents. "The single most important step people can take in this recovery period is to register with FEMA, if they haven’t already," Christie said in a release. “The process of a …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Victims with home damage can still seek temporary housing assistance.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Residents who turned down the opportunity of FEMA housing assistance have another chance to receive temporary aid. Sandy victims who elected not to relocate while repairs were made at their homes became ineligible for FEMA assistance. If that decision proved to be unwise, residents can apply for aid by: Sandy victims can follow up on applications at DisasterAssistance.gov or by a web-enabled mobile device at FEMA.gov. Help also is available at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
South Brunswick continues recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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, …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Mayor says he's just waiting for state approval
Brick hopes to allow its barrier island residents and property owners to be able to drive to their properties in their own vehicles "soon," but the township needs state approval first. "We hope it will be soon, we hope it's within days," said Mayor Stephen Acropolis, on a bus tour Thursday of many of the township's Sandy-ravaged waterfront and low-lying sections. "We're just waiting for some construction work to be cleared, for Route 35 to be opened and for approval from the state Department of Transportation." On Thursday morning, Acropolis, Police Chief Nils Bergquist, other police officers and the National Guard traveled by police-escorted bus with a limited number of media to tour the township's barrier island and other damaged …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Relief available for temporary housing, repairs, loans, etc.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Individuals in every New Jersey county are now eligible to apply for federal disaster relief, the governor's office announced Tuesday. All residents and businesses can now apply for Individual Assistance through FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The state had already been approved for Public Assistance, which is available to state and local governments as well as nonprofits. Individual Assistance relief allows residents to apply for aid including temporary housing, repair, Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Small Business Administration loans. The governor's office advises all residents who suffered damage to apply with FEMA, even if they have their own insurance. Register by calling 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for those with …