Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives met with officials from Monmouth County on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and have presented preliminary information to residents regarding emergency disaster claims, according to a release issued by the Monmouth County Department of Public Information.
Monmouth County received a presidential declaration for individual or public assistance on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and the county has been approved for both by FEMA, the release stated.
Residents of Monmouth County and small business are now allowed to apply for different kinds of federal assistance including:
- temporary housing
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Small Business Administration disaster loans
State, eligible local governments, and certain non-profit organizations can apply for federal funding on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the hurricane, as well as for any emergency work.
“Monmouth County was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and the damage to many residences and businesses was extensive,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, said. “This is also good news for the county itself, which has already spent considerable time and money preparing for and responding to damage caused by the storm.”
All county residents who suffered damage are urged to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA, even if they are insured or are not sure if they are eligible, the release asserted.
Register by telephone at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Help in other languages is available.
Or, you can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. You can also apply through a Web-enabled mobile device or smart phone by visiting m.fema.gov and following the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”