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September 9, 2011

Re:  NJ Department of Human Services Hurricane Relief Benefits

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has asked us to help communicate important assistance they can make available to your residents who are suffering from the recent hurricane.  Please consider posting their fliers in public places and promoting these benefits to your residents in need.

From the Department of Human Services:
First, it’s very important to encourage residents to register with FEMA – even if they don’t think they’re eligible, right now. Claims cannot be filed if damage is discovered at a later date unless a household has registered. FEMA has made the process very simple: login to or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.

Equally important to promote is the Disaster SNAP applications. As you know, the application period is limited.  Many of your towns and counties will be opening D-SNAP locations next week. Please be sure to use every opportunity with press and stakeholders to get the message out to residents.

Also, many residents are seeking mental health services. DHS’ Division of Mental Health Services’ Disaster and Terrorism Branch is working with the county mental health administrators to deploy Disaster Recovery Crisis Counselors daily.  If your county has a need for counselors that is not being met, please let us know.

(At the League web site) you’ll find a one-page Hurricane Recovery Resource Flyer that can be downloaded and printed for use in municipal and county office buildings, at shelters, at the DRCs or for use by any of your local community partners. Feel free to pass it along.

Also (at the League web site) is the NJ 211 Disaster Resource Guide that has a wealth of information regarding disaster assessments, cleanup kits, renters’ rights, and health safety issues. This can be printed out and used as a reference, as well.

I hope you find these resources helpful. We appreciate any effort you can make to get this information to your municipal and county residents.

If you have questions about this assistance please contact the Department of Human Services 609-292-3717.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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