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October 18, 2011

Re:      Hurricane Irene Update - Two Weeks Left to Register for Disaster Assistance with FEMA

Dear Mayor:

New Jersey residents who sustained damage from Hurricane Irene have only two more weeks to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline is Monday, October 31, 2011.

Even if an insurance settlement has not yet been reached, individuals must register before the October 31st deadline or the opportunity to be considered for federal assistance may be lost. Though FEMA will not duplicate insurance benefits, expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for federal grants after the claim has been paid.

The deadline to submit loan applications to the Small Business Administration (SBA) is also October 31st. Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at or 800-659-2955.

To date, FEMA has approved more than $136 million in assistance to disaster survivors, while the SBA has approved nearly $44 million in disaster loans to homeowners; renters; businesses of all sizes; and, nonprofit organizations.

There are three ways to register – go to, or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

Please assistance in spreading the word to your residents.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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