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Assistance After Hurricane Sandy

Posted: November 16, 2012

FEMA representatives coming to Randolph
Representatives from FEMA will be arriving in Randolph to begin visiting residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy. These FEMA employees will have government-issued ID and will be distributing information on how to receive FEMA financial assistance.

Disaster Recovery Center opens in Morris Plains
Randolph residents affected by Hurricane Sandy who have questions about recovery programs can visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) local Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Drive in Morris Plains. As of Monday, November 26, the DRC will be open Monday, November 26 to Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, December 6 to Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

According to FEMA, DRCs are set up for residents to be able to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives, but it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance.

Before going to a DRC, it is helpful to register with FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Individuals may also register by smart phone at m.fema.gov.

FEMA program specialists at the centers include mitigation specialists who provide information and answer questions about cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.

All NJ residents eligible for federal assistance
On November 6, 2012, FEMA announced that the full range of federal disaster assistance was now available for all 21 counties in New Jersey. What does this mean for Randolph residents affected by Hurricane Sandy?

According to a FEMA news release, the expansion to all counties means that all New Jersey residents who have losses may apply for individual assistance.

Depending on damage, help may be available to repair a dwelling to a basic safe, sanitary, livable condition. Cost of temporary lodging elsewhere may be available if the residence is inaccessible. Other needs that may be covered could include basic appliances, clothing, bedding and transportation.

Moreover, Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available for those whose jobs were impacted by the hurricane. That includes people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm workers.

NJ211 »
The State of New Jersey has published a 57-page Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Assistance Guide . Residents can also call 211 on their phone for free, confidential, information and referrals regarding hurricane relief.

FEMA Online Help Digest »
Individuals, families and business owners may qualify for aid programs provided and coordinated by the FEMA. View a summary and list of online resources for survivors of Hurricane Sandy.