Federal disaster relief deadlines extended for New Jersey

TRENTON – New Jersey residents and businesses whacked with hurricane and flood damage have more time to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Deadlines for application have been extended to Nov. 30.

“I applaud FEMA and the SBA for extending these deadlines and giving New Jersey families and businesses more time to register for federal assistance,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, (D-NJ), vice chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds FEMA. “Families and businesses in our state are trying to get back on their feet and I encourage them to take advantage of this extra time.”

Disaster assistance to individuals could include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are also available for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair or replace real or personal property.

To date, FEMA has approved more than $138 million in assistance to disaster survivors, while the SBA has approved nearly $46 million in disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and nonprofit organizations in New Jersey.

To register, visit www.disasterassistance.gov,  (m.fema.gov on smart phones), or call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362.

Federal disaster relief deadlines extended for New Jersey