HELP FOR RECOVERY COMES FROM LOCAL, STATE, FEDERAL SOURCES
Individuals and families recovering from a Hurricane have access to a number of local, state, and federal resources that can help them get back on their feet.
“Disasters begin and end locally,” said William L. Vogel, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s top official in New Jersey. “It’s important to remember we’re only part of the team.”
FEMA coordinates the federal resources that became available soon after Irene hit. A presidential disaster declaration helps survivors and their communities get started on the road to recovery. Grants are provided to eligible applicants to cover basic needs; communities are reimbursed — at a minimum of 75 percent — for eligible projects that repair or replace disaster-damaged infrastructure.
“In addition to FEMA, there are state and local resources here before, during and after disaster strikes,” said Lt. Paul Miller, state coordinating officer with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
Clean-up and Debris Concerns:
- Simple guidelines for debris removal: http://www.fema.gov/photodata/low/51711.jpg
- Clean-up tips: Clean-up tips can be found at http://www.nj211.org/hurricane2.cfm
- Mold: Mold in a damaged home can create serious health problems. www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_eng
- Learn about housing options on NJ 2-1-1 housing-related web pages. http://nj211.org/housing.cfm
- NJ HELPS: For complete information on all state social services and online applications http://www.njhelps.org.
- Disaster Mental Health: New Jersey MentalHealthCares’ Disaster Mental Health Helpline (877) 294-HELP (4357). A TTY line is available at (877) 294-4356. Translation services are available as well. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhs/disaster/#4
Social Services for the Homeless hotline (by county) http://nj211.org/images/Hurricane/CountyHomelessHotlines.pdf
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance: www.sba.gov
- Hurricane Irene Business Recovery Assistance: A special business recovery assistance service can be found at http://www.nj.gov./njbusiness/
- Care/Temporary Sheltering of Farm Animals: http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/news/hottopics/approved/topics110827.html
- Information for replacing important documents is available from the New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics, 609-292-4087 or visit http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/
Legal Services: www.lsnj.org or call 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529)
Fraud Reporting: To report suspected fraud 1-800-323-8603
- NJ Division of Consumer Affairs: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.com/disaster/floodtipsflyer_1.pdf
Verifying the credibility of Charitable Organization:
- http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp/charities.htm or call 973-504-6215.
Hiring Licensed Home Improvement Contractors:
- Visit http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/brief/improve.pdf to receive tips from the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
- Search by name for licensed contractors and for other licensed professionals http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/list1.htm
Disaster IRS Tax Relief: Go to www.IRS.gov or see your tax person.
Temporary Suspension of Federal Student Loan Payments:
- Contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman at 877-557-2575 or 202-377-3800 for assistance. http://www.asa.org/repay/options/disaster/default.aspx
Volunteer Your Services: Agencies looking for volunteers may register their needs and volunteers willing to assist in relief efforts may search for opportunities at www.VolunteerNewJersey.org. Database maintained by The Association of New Jersey Volunteer Centers and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism: (609) 633-9629 or (609) 775-5236.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.