FEMA Extension For NJ Residents


If you haven’t applied for FEMA assistance yet in New Jersey you just got a little bit more time. You now have until January 30, 2013 to register

“The single most important step people can take in this recovery period is to register with FEMA, if they haven’t already,” Governor Christie said. “This extension will help us ensure that anyone who has been affected by the storm gets registered and the help they need and deserve.”
Disaster Housing may be available for up to 18 months, using local resources, for displaced persons whose residences were heavily damaged or destroyed. Funding also can be provided for housing repairs and replacement of damaged items to make homes habitable.

This is FEMA’s list of what they can do for you:

DISASTER GRANTS are available to help meet serious disaster related needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance and other aid programs. These may include replacement of personal property, and transportation, medical, dental and funeral expenses.

LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS are available after a disaster for homeowners and renters from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover uninsured property losses. Loans may be available for repair or replacement of homes, automobiles, clothing or other damaged personal property. Loans are also available to businesses for property loss and economic injury.

OTHER ASSISTANCE includes crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and Veteran’s benefits. Other state or local help may also be available.

HOW TO APPLY:

After the application is taken, the damaged property is inspected to verify the loss. If approved, an applicant will soon receive a check for rental assistance or a grant. Loan applications require more information and approval may take several weeks after application. The deadline for most individual assistance programs is 60 days following the President’s major disaster

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