4/27/2007 - Assistance for Flood Disaster Area/Rebates for damaged equipment/Free Clean Up (Updated 5/14/07)

Bergen County Office of Emergency Management
Disaster Information Bulletin

Bergen County Declared as Disaster Area

Individuals, Households, and Businesses Eligible for Assistance

The President has authorized Bergen County as a disaster area.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses during recent nor’easter storm and flooding event of April 14-20, 2007 can begin applying for assistance through FEMA by registering on-line at www.fema.gov or by calling 1800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY( for the hearing and speech impaired.

Assistance coordinated by FEMA may include grants to pay for temporary housing, home repairs, and other serious disaster related expenses. Low interest loans from the Us Small Business Administrations will also be available to cover residential and business losses not fully covered by insurance.

FEMA notes that damage surveys are still underway and additional forms of assistance may be designated at a later date.

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Federal Aid Programs For New Jersey Disaster Recovery

Release Date: April 26, 2007
Release Number: HQ-07-041Factsheet

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Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush’s major disaster declaration for New Jersey

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $1.5 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $1.5 million for small businesses that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $1.5 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
  • Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

How to Apply for Assistance: 

  • Those in the counties designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time) Monday through Sunday. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.
  • Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
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Free Home Cleanup Available For Flood Damage
Call 2-1-1 Volunteers lend a hand

Release Date: May 7, 2007 Release Number: 1694-011

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Volunteers are on hand to help New Jersey residents clean their flood damaged homes after the April nor'easter storm. Residents in need of assistance should call 2-1-1 to request a free home cleanup. Priority is being given to the elderly, disabled and others who have circumstances that make cleanup difficult, but all who need assistance with flood cleanup are encouraged to call.

The cleanup is being conducted by volunteers from national agencies, such as the Southern Baptist Convention, Mennonite Disaster Services, Tzu-Chi Foundation and the Christian Reform World Relief Committee. These national agencies are working in affiliation at the local level with the Salvation Army, United Way and Catholic Charities.

The toll-free 211 number is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 211 operators have valuable information on community programs and services available including housing assistance, counseling services, employment opportunities and health services.

"We want to encourage New Jersey residents to take advantage of the 211 Program when looking for assistance," said Lt. George Georgeles, state coordinating officer for disaster recovery. "It is a valuable resource that unites those who want to help with those who most need assistance."

All residents affected by the April storms and flooding are urged to register with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. New Jersey residents may also register online atwww.fema.gov.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

FEMA and NJOEM work together to coordinate the federal and state governments’ roles in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
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Release: PR#51-06 Release date: 4/20/07
Contact: Eric Hartsfield Phone: 973-648-2014
Contact: Doyal Siddell Phone: 973-468-8515
NJBPU ADVISES IMPACTED FLOOD VICTIMS OF AVAILABILE ASSISTANCE FOR HVAC, BOILERS, HOT WATER HEATERS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT

(Newark, NJ) - In the wake of recent flooding throughout the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) today announced the availability of assistance for the replacement and or upgrade of damaged equipment.

"Our Clean Energy Program is always available to provide financial incentives for using energy efficient equipment such as improved lighting and HVAC systems or high efficiency furnaces and hot water heaters," said NJBPU President Jeanne M Fox. "With many homes and businesses having to replace items due to the recent flood damage, it is essential that the public is aware of the financial assistance that is available to assist them in this difficult time."

Rebates for residential customers can range from $50-$400, depending on the type of equipment and its efficiency rating, while financial incentives for the commercial and industrial market can be as much as $100,000.00. In order to qualify for the rebates, the equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards, which can be found by visiting www.njcleanenergycom, and selecting Residential or Commercial to view the different assistance options.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Clean Energy Program's web site at: www.njcleanenergy.com. Questions regarding the program also can be answered by calling "toll-free" to 1-866 657 6278 for residential accounts or 1-866 433 4479 for commercial and business customers.