Wednesday, May 1, 2013
May 1 is the final day for residents to apply for federal assistance in aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Wednesday, May 1
Victims of Hurricane Sandy who suffered storm-related losses have until midnight Wednesday (May 1) to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. Survivors can register online and check the status of their applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. May 1 is also the deadline to return applications for Small Business Administration loans, which are the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding. Those interested in the low-interest loan program can apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan by filling out an online application…
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Deadline extension applies for homeowner, renter and business registration with SBA
Residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy now have until May 1 to register for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to a prepared statement from the governor's office. The deadline extension also applies for homeowner, renter, and business registration with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Disaster Loan Assistance. Businesses applying for SBA Economic Injury loans still have until July 31 to apply. The loans are for businesses that did not suffer any physical damage, but lost revenue in Sandy's aftermath. State and federal offiicials have urged all residents and businesses affected by the storm, whether it was through flooding, wind damage or loss of business revenue, …
Friday, March 22, 2013
NJ Natural Gas offering higher rebates to Sandy-flooded residents
It was bad enough that Superstorm Sandy flooded Jim Reilly's Point Borough home, forcing him and his wife to live elsewhere. But then came FEMA's flood maps, putting his house in the flood zone with the toughest building restrictions, with pressure on the towns and the state to accept them. "It's blackmail," Reilly said, outside a FEMA meeting at Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School in Point Borough on Wednesday night. "I'm appalled that the town and the state adopted the flood maps and it's because they were being blackmailed by FEMA, because FEMA said, 'Adopt this or we won't give you money.' And you can quote me on that!" Reilly, who lives on Center Street in Sunshine Harbor, had been in an "A5 zone," but is now in a "V10 zone," …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Residents need to submit their applications to the agency by April 1.
Applications for federal disaster assistance are due in just two weeks, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced recently, giving Hurricane Sandy victims who suffered storm-related damages a deadline of April 1 to apply. The disaster aid application deadline has been extended several times already following the late October storm, though the extensions require a request from the governor's office and are not guaranteed. Because of this FEMA encourages those seeking assistance not to wait to register with FEMA and apply for aid. April 1 is also the deadline to return applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans, which is the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding, …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Elderly residents affected by Superstorm Sandy could find themselves victims of unscrupulous contractors and scam artists.
Wednesday, March 13
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is advising seniors recovering from Superstorm Sandy to be on the lookout for scam artists claiming to represent FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA) or the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). By going door to door to storm-damaged homes or making contact by phone or on the Internet, scam artists may try to obtain personal information such as Social Security and bank account numbers or falsely claim that you need to make a payment to a federal agency. FEMA is offering residents a number of tips to ensure that they're not victims of a potential scam: On any follow-up calls, a FEMA representative will only ask for the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number. …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Other business owners and residents also ask for help
Renee Typaldos thought sleeping on a mattress on the floor of her Sandy-ravaged restaurant, losing electricity, heat and all the food, and becoming ill from breathing in gas leaking from Sandy-ripped lines all over Bay Head would be enough to get some help from FEMA. She was wrong. A FEMA inspector visited her and Harry Typaldos, co-owners of the Historic Grenville Hotel and Restaurant, shortly after Sandy barreled through Bay Head, flooding the hotel's basement and shorting out the electrical and heating systems. Renee Typaldos was sleeping during those nights on a mattress in front of a fireplace in the main dining room of the restaurant. "That was the only way I could stay warm," she said. "The man from FEMA looked at the fireplace …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The new deadline of April 1 allows residents additional time to register for FEMA assistance.
The deadline for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to apply for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been extended to April 1. Gov. Chris Christie's office announced Thursday. The extension applies for homeowner, renter, and business registration with the Small Business Administration for Disaster Loan Assistance, according to a release. The disaster aid application deadline has been extended multiple times as New Jersey continues to rebuild following Sandy. "This 30-day extension will help us ensure that anyone who has been affected by Sandy gets the help they need and deserve," Christie said in a release. "It’s vitally important for people to know that the process of receiving any…
Friday, February 22, 2013
And Toms River, Union Beach offices to close March 2
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Belmar Borough Hall will close 4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23 after officials saw fewer appointments being made at the office, the agency announced today. Since it's opening after Hurricane Sandy, the office saw more than 3,400 appointments at 601 Main Street in Belmar. After scheduling slows, the offices announce they are closing and divert those seeking disaster assistance to nearby DRCs. "Over the past weeks, the number of individuals seeking help at the Belmar center has dropped, indicating the information needs of survivors in the area have mostly been met," said FEMA in an announcement today. However, the next nearest DRCs for the Belmar area still open after Saturday will be Toms River's and Union Beach…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Disaster Recovery Centers in New Jersey will be closed for Presidents' Day this upcoming Monday, Feb. 18, according to a release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan outreach and business recovery centers will also be closed. The centers, opened to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, will re-open and return to normal business hours the next day, Tuesday, Feb. 19. While residents won't be able to find answers in person Monday, help and information are still available online or by phone. Sandy victims can check on the status of their disaster assistance applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, or via smart phone or tablet via m.FEMA.gov, or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY…
Monday, February 11, 2013
If your business lost revenue because of Superstorm Sandy, apply for an SBA Loan
Did your business in Point Beach, Point Borough or elswhere in the Jersey Shore region lose revenue because of Superstorm Sandy? If so, you should apply for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, even if your business was not physically damaged or flooded by the storm, according to an SBA official who addressed a crowd of 450 to 500 people in Point Pleasant Beach on Wednesday night. Those businesses may be eligible for "Economic Injury Loans," Garth MacDonald, an SBA public affairs specialist, said to an overflow crowd at G. Harold Antrim Elementary School. And any owner of a business, home or car that was flooded or damaged physically should also apply for the low-interest loans, MacDonald said. He said there are loans available …