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NJ's Hurricane Sandy Assistance Reaches Nearly $800M

New Jersey residents affected by Sandy have until March 1 to register for disaster assistance.

Editor's Note: The following is a press release from FEMA:

While New Jersey survivors of Hurricane Sandy have until March 1 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance, more than $780 million in disaster assistance has been approved to speed recovery.

FEMA has approved more than $300 million in housing assistance for more than 52,000 people. Housing assistance includes temporary rental assistance and grants to repair and replace storm-damaged primary residences. More than $42 million has been approved to help survivors replace hurricane-damaged personal property and to help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.

In rare cases, FEMA is providing temporary housing to Sandy survivors. Empty apartments at Fort Monmouth are being renovated to house some survivors. More than 40 apartments are occupied and when work is complete, there will be 115 units ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms. FEMA is also installing a limited number of manufactured homes at commercial mobile home parks.

Homeowners and renters are also being helped with low-interest disaster loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $277 million in loans to individuals. Another $31.7 million has been approved for New Jersey businesses.

More than $129 million has been channeled to state and local governments to help remove hurricane debris and restore disaster-damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Among the largest grants was $11.2 million to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for emergency repairs to a wastewater treatment plant that serves 48 communities and treats 330 million gallons of sewage daily.

FEMA and federal partners such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have helped local communities replace critical public facilities damaged by the hurricane. The Sea Bright Fire Department, for example, was knocked out of commission by storm damage. The Corps set up a temporary fire station with a four-bay fire truck tent and a 56-foot trailer in a beach access parking lot.

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.

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mammalove January 28, 2013 at 01:53 PM
WOW really & I denied 2500 for a car that we lost... Don't worry though MY taxes are going up to help support the 800 million into the FEMA program YOUR WELCOME!!
Art January 28, 2013 at 04:51 PM
FEMA is a joke. We were denied everything because we have insurance and jobs. So much for being responsible people.
swTepi January 28, 2013 at 05:04 PM
that's pretty much been the way the past 4+ years... While I Feel that Everyone along the coastline should get help ( regardless) If they are second homes are not should get help, But Many many many more people where affected maybe in small ways compared to them, but IF you lost something .. YOU lost something... that you had before that you paid for, that you no longer have & with the increase in taxes & decreases in pays will be even LONGER before we will be able to rebuild or replace what we lost... I did hear however people in Queens that where hit hard are getting everything replaced, from home repairs to grants to help them get back on their feet to all cars ( including Motorcycles) & second cars getting replaced ( or the funds to do so) ... I am not saying people should get help, but it NEEDS to Be EQUAL to everyone... Not depending on where you live or who filed your claim... I remember then Romney mentioned that he wanted to Do away with FEMA & everyone that that was terrible... Guess he knew what he was talking about
swTepi January 28, 2013 at 05:06 PM
The Obama way The responsible people taking care of those who are not
Mad in OC January 28, 2013 at 06:10 PM
So glad te people without insurance got all this help while those with are getting screwed.
wookfish January 28, 2013 at 06:10 PM
agreed. swTepi..now add on a few million ILLEGALS and the will be nothing left...NOTHING
JHill January 28, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I don't mean to sound cruel but did you have car insurance? Why should the taxpayers be on the hook to buy you a new car?
jack cee January 28, 2013 at 09:42 PM
mad in oc...I know people on the barrier island that had replacement insurance who received 38,000 for a house that will cost 250 k to replace..What the heck was the sense in even having insurance.I was lucky and only had about 10k damage,but only got like 3k from the insurance.I was told the other day that grant money is available but getting it is another problem.
VICTOR FINAMORE January 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM
When comparing a Hurricane to a 100 year Super Storm, we can take a close look at the similarities between - Katrina vs Sandy and ask how far have we've come since then. If anyone would like to read a couple good reports with Informative information regarding Hurricane Katrina + FEMA, there is a 737 page public report availble: [both are PDF files-] Hurricane katrina: a nation still unprepared- U.S. Government prepared in 2006 writen by: The Committee of Home Land Security and Governmental Affairs. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-109srpt322/pdf/CRPT-109srpt322.pdf along with another good report regrding Katrina - 29 page report- Hurricane Katrina: Lessons and Implications - RMS.com/report- http://www.rms.com/publications/katrinareport_lessonsandimplications.pdf This may offer a little incite into this process.
VICTOR FINAMORE January 29, 2013 at 12:42 AM
We have to keep in mind of the many tasks a head for every Brick resident who currently lives here [ Home owners to Renters ]. There are a few immediate factors to this challenge. 1] Total Home loss:Those who lost their homes - will either rebuild,relocate or can never rebuild again. 2] Those individuals who've had severe damage done to their homes. a) Individuals who've made repairs - returned home now facing a new problems. 1a) FEMA Flood maps - Must raise. b) Those who can't afford to make repairs - currently living in, poor, unfinished - despaired homes - just waiting. 3] Others not physically impacted; who are living in a development that was damaged. a) The residents of Brick; surrounding those developments. b) What of the elderly who've been here for many years; living in these developments [ not adult communities ]. Living on a fixed income. That's, just the very basic outline...... everyone is affected in some way.. ~just saying.
Obcare January 29, 2013 at 03:19 AM
@ Jhill most people that OWN their cars & are older only have liberality ( basic) insurance that would not cover flood. Just like home owners that paid off their mortgage, unless has to. doesn't keep flood insurance once their homes are paid off.
mammalove January 29, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Jhill having a car that I do not have a loan on & that is 14 yrs old I have only basic insurance .. the 1st thing I did was call my insurance company Thy told me to call FEMA That Floods are not covered under the policy I had. / ( have still paying on a car I cant use) very much like the people expected to pay mortgages on homes that are rubble now
mammalove January 29, 2013 at 03:29 AM
And one parent having to opt not to be able to keep working because only 1 car in a 2 parent working home, having to make the hard choice of who is bringing in more income & the other unable to work without a car

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