If you were one of the many New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy you'll now have until this April 1 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Atlantic County, the Mays Landing disaster recovery center appeared ready to close by Saturday March 9, wrapping up in just about all 21 N.J. counties with many centers converting to SBA disaster loan offices.  But now FEMA is extended aid application by a full month.

According to 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.
  • In addition to housing assistance, 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.
  • More than 256,900 survivors have registered with FEMA for potential state and federal disaster assistance. It’s vital that they keep FEMA and SBA informed of any changes in their contact information.
  • A conditional two-week extension of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in New Jersey has been approved for some New Jersey residents. For survivors who have not been able to secure viable housing, the conditional deadline has been extended from Feb. 23 to March 9. FEMA and the state will continue to work closely with survivors in the program to help them find suitable housing before this day. More than 5,500 displaced households have benefitted from the program.
  • March 1 is also the deadline to return applications to the Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans—the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding. 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
  • Disaster survivors can receive information and answers to questions at  disaster recovery centers located in five counties. All centers are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday hours for New Jersey disaster recovery centers are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Atlantic County DRC located at 4403 Black Horse Pike, behind the Hamilton Mall, in Mays Landing, will remain open through March 9, 2013.

Survivors who have questions about flood insurance claims and the appeals process can call toll-free at 888-379-9531.


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