FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Acting Director, Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management
MIDDLESEX COUNTY ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO MITIGATE IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE IRENE
Sayreville, NJ - September 7: Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced jointly that Federal assistance has been made available to residents of Middlesex County impacted by Hurricane Irene.
Eligibility allows residents to apply for different types of assistance, including temporary housing, repair, replacement or other needs such as Disaster Unemployment Assistance, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.
“I encourage all residents and business owners who have suffered losses to apply for this aid to help them repair and rebuild their homes and livelihoods,” said Freeholder Director Rafano. “The hurricane’s impact will be felt for some time to come, but with the help of this aid and these programs, our residents and businesses can start on the path to recovery.”
Residents can register by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice. Alternatively, registration can be completed online at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or through a Web-enabled mobile device or smart phone by visiting m.fema.gov and following the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
To register with FEMA, applicants need to provide:
- Social Security number
- Address of the damaged home or apartment
- Description of the damage
- Information about insurance coverage
- A current contact telephone number
- An address where you can get mail
- Bank account and routing numbers if they want direct deposit of any financial assistance
This Federal assistance was made available to Middlesex County after FEMA assessment teams consisting of personnel from FEMA, the State's emergency management agency, Department of Human Services, Department of Community Affairs, Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management as well as county and local officials worked tirelessly through the weekend to complete the survey of areas impacted in Middlesex County by Hurricane Irene.
“I want to thank the assessment teams from the Federal and State governments and our municipal partners for their time and efforts on behalf of the people of Middlesex County,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, Chair of the County’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “Most importantly, I wish to thank and commend all the County offices, especially the Office of Emergency Management, employees and volunteers and the local first responder personnel who supported our response and recovery efforts. They displayed an incredible dedication to the health and safety of all who live and work in Middlesex County, and for that, we are eternally grateful.”
The Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irene relief efforts and provide additional updates as needed.