December 12, 2012
RE: Sandy Update from FEMA and NJOEM
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently published the following information that may be helpful to your residents:
FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE NOT APPROVED? DON’T GIVE UP!
A determination letter for FEMA assistance that doesn’t begin with “You’re approved” may simply mean that more information or documentation is required. Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA if you have questions. And you can always appeal if you believe FEMA got it wrong. See the news release for details.
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS: DON’T PHONE
N.J. unemployment insurance office phone systems are busy! For improved service, file your disaster unemployment insurance claim online at NJuifile.net. Benefits are paid faster to those who certify on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. via the internet.
Disaster Recovery Centers/ Business Recovery Centers NOW CLOSED SUNDAYS
All FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and U.S. Small Business Administration Business Recovery Centers in N.J. are now CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center, go to FEMA.gov/DRCLocator,or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362
CONFUSED ABOUT YOUR FLOOD INSURANCE CLAIM?
Step by step instructions can be found at this NFIP link.
Resources for Survivors Coping With Hurricane Sandy
FEMA Disaster Assistance Registration and Helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585
Apply Online for Assistance: DisasterAssistance.gov
Smartphone/Mobile Device: m.fema.gov/
New Jersey/FEMA Housing Resources: FEMA.gov/HousingPortal
U.S. Small Business Administration
Customer Service Center: 800-877-8339, TTY 800-877-8339
Disaster Assistance Website: SBA.gov/DisasterAssistance
Secure Online Disaster Loan Application: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Other Disaster Resources
New Jersey Disaster Case Management: 877-510-6762 or email at: dcmNewJersey@CatholicCharitiesUSA.org
Clean-up Resources and Local Recovery Efforts: 211 or online at NJ211.org
NJ Helps: NJhelps.org
American Red Cross: 800-733-2767 or online at RedCross.org
New Jersey Hope and Healing: 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356
National Disaster Stress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
Missing Pets: 855-407-4787
Disaster Legal Assistance: 888-541-1900
Disaster Unemployment: File Online at NJuifile.net.
We hope you find this helpful and that conditions in your municipality are improving.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.