Information sessions from FEMA and others have covered a wide range of issues involving the impact of Hurricane Sandy, but representatives emphasized the need for owners to be aware of the resources available to them:
- Business owners are asked to register with FEMA for disaster assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (800-621-3362) visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smartphone at m.fema.gov.
- FEMA officials emphasized that their mission is first to provide shelter to primary residents most in need. But they ask that everybody register.
- A state program now allows small business owners to file for unemployment benefits. Call 856-507-2340.
- Business owners are eligible for low-interest Small Business Administration loans. Officials encourage owners to file for loans even if they ultimately choose not to accept them. Owners can apply at the Disaster Recovery Centers that are available.
- Business owners are encouraged to visit njeda.com to learn more about programs like the Main Street Disaster Relief Program.
In discussion related to residential property owners as well as businesses, officials emphasized the importance of inspecting and quickly mitigating flooded properties before mold contamination sets in.
Bill McMahon of the McMahon Agency said owners must take immediate action — flood insurance will not cover later work to remediate mold contamination.
See more on inspecting properties and mitigating flood damage.