Sunday, January 27, 2013
Extension prompted by a request from New Jersey officials.
The deadline to register for disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has been extended to March 1, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Friday. The registration, which was supposed to end Wednesday, Jan. 30, was extended to give storm survivors another month to register with the agency for federal aid, according to an NJ.com report last week. The extension was prompted by a request from New Jersey officials, according to FEMA. More than 57,500 New Jersey residents so far have been approved for help through FEMA’s individual assistance program, the report said.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Gov. Christie's office announced an extension for New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to register for disaster assistance.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The deadline for New Jersey residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy to apply for disaster assistance has been extended, Gov. Chris Christie's office announced Tuesday. Residents now have until Jan. 30, 2013, to register for disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The deadline to apply for aid was originally set to expire on Dec. 27, 60 days after FEMA launched its recovery effort, though considering the totality of the damage and the number of households affected by Sandy, the State appealed for more time to accommodate all of its residents. "The single most important step people can take in this recovery period is to register with FEMA, if they haven’t already," Christie said in a release. “The process of a …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
As residents remain anxious in the aftermath of Sandy, the agency says it is offering tips and information about mitigation.
Navigating her way through the piles of paperwork, through meetings with contractors and the near never-ending stream of advice coming at her from every direction is a new experience for Jacqueline Capestro. Then again, so was watching ocean water surge down the street and into her home. For the 22 years she’s lived there, Capestro had never once seen her Bradley Beach home flood. When she returned following Hurricane Sandy to assess the damage she found her floorboards buckled, the furniture destroyed, and a flood line on the wall three feet from the floor. After initial shock slowly shifted to resolve, Capestro was left without an answer to one very important question: What now? In Capestro’s case, and in the case of many New Jersey’s …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Federal representatives on hand to help with disaster assistance at new Bergen County center, the county executive announced Thursday.
Officials have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the county administration building in Hackensack, allowing storm-battered residnets to get assistance in applying for Sandy recovery programs. The center will be staffed with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration, according to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan's Office. Information on state and federal programs, disaster assistance and low-interest mitigation loans for private non-profits and businesses will be available. Residents should bring photo identification, insurance information, an itemized list of damages and their FEMA registration number if they have already registered with the agency, Donovan's office …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Homeowners with damaged property from Hurricane Sandy have 60 days to register for assistance.
As the full extent of Hurricane Sandy's impact is still being uncovered, residents who lost homes or have suffered damage to them may apply to FEMA for help right now. Registering your claim can be done online or by phone, and the process takes about 25-30 minutes, officials say. The website is www.disasterassistance.gov. You can apply via your smartphone as well at m.fema.gov. To apply by phone, call 1-800-621-3362. People with speech or hearing disabilities should call 1-800-462-7585. According to Scott Sanders, a FEMA spokesman, you have 60 days from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for help. For New Jersey residents, this means you have until Saturday, Dec. 29 -- 60 days from the date the disaster declaration was made, on …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Impact of Hurricane Sandy expected spread over two days, bringing coastal surging, inland flooding and spot rainfalls of up to 12.
Hurricane Sandy's impact on weather along the coast and inland is expected to continue over two days, potentially bringing coastal surges of 6 to 11 feet, and rainfall of up to 12 inches at spots that could cause river and other inland flooding, federal officials said in a press conference on Sunday morning. No matter exactly where or when the hurricane makes landfall, Sandy is a large system that will create potentially life-threatening surges along hundreds of miles of coastline from North Carolina up to Cape Cod, according to spokespersons for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The hurricane's effect, already being felt in the southern part of the mid-Atlantic, will last up to a day before and after the hurricane's actual arrival…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Hurricane will bring a variety of hazards and up to 8 inches of rain as it wreaks havoc throughout East Coast, according to federal officials.
As Hurricane Sandy travels toward the East Coast, New Jersey residents should brace for a slow deterioration of the weather well before landfall early next week, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additional damage from Sandy is expected, because the hurricane is expected to lose speed by the time it makes landfall. This will extend the period of heavy wind and rainfall, according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb. Sandy is expected to bring between 5 and 8 inches of rain to the affected area, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction Director Dr. Louis Uccellini said. Between 50 and 60 million people will be impacted by Sandy well into next week. "It's difficult to …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Request comes after Bergen officials said “clerical error” prevented the county from getting aid.
State officials will ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend snowstorm disaster aid to Bergen and Passaic counties after the two counties were left out of last week’s federal disaster declaration, an emergency management official said. The state’s decision was based on newly collected damage costs, according to New Jersey Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Mary Goepfert. Officials toured the area Monday as part of a reassessment of the federal assistance. In November, Gov. Chris Christie requested federal aid for eleven counties, including Bergen and Passaic, that were hard hit in the October snowstorm. However, when the aid was announced last week, the two counties were left out. Bergen County officials said a “…
Special needs require special response in emergency situations; Fort Lee Councilwoman attends conference at BCC
A county-sponsored conference, Disability Considerations for Emergency Preparedness, was held Friday at Bergen Community College. This conference, moderated by Jim Thebery, Bergen County Division of Special Services Director, served as an outreach campaign to solicit input and ideas on how to encourage community participation and involvement in preparedness for emergencies at the local, county and state levels, and how communities can effectively assist those with disabilities. The panel of experts included: With 56 million Americans classified with disabilities, a number representing 20% of the population, the seminar focused on "Planning for the Whole Community," an approach designed to provide guidance, tools, methods and strategies …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A look at tips from FEMA
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New Jersey ranks low on the list of states at risk for experiencing an earthquake. Earthquake hazards are measured by the likelihood of experiencing shaking of varying intensity, according to FEMA, and Northern New Jersey is in a category described as "having a hazard shaking of moderate intensity," which can be felt by residents and could lead to slight damage. That could very well describe the earthquake that was felt in Fort Lee Tuesday—minus the slight damage. Below is a list of five tips for dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake courtesy of FEMA: Number one: Expect aftershocks Secondary shockwaves, which can occur in the initial hours, days, weeks or even months after …