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Disaster Aid Application Deadline Extended

The new deadline of April 1 allows residents additional time to register for FEMA assistance.

The deadline for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to apply for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been extended to April 1. Gov. Chris Christie's office announced Thursday.

The extension applies for homeowner, renter, and business registration with the Small Business Administration for Disaster Loan Assistance, according to a release.

The disaster aid application deadline has been extended multiple times as New Jersey continues to rebuild following Sandy. 

"This 30-day extension will help us ensure that anyone who has been affected by Sandy gets the help they need and deserve," Christie said in a release. "It’s vitally important for people to know that the process of receiving any type of federal disaster assistance – including future grant assistance for homeowners and businesses – begins with registering as a disaster survivor with FEMA and working with a coordinator to determine eligibility for relief."

In addition to the April 1 application deadline, businesses also have until July 31 to apply for SBA economic injury disaster loans. 

Homeowners, renters, and business owners are encouraged to register with both FEMA and the SBA to ensure their eligibility for aid going forward.

Those with storm losses in all of New Jersey's counties can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov and via smart phone or tablet by clicking here.


Sandy survivors also can register by phone or 711/VRS by calling 800-621-3362, TTY800-462-7585.

FEMA disaster assistance can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance, according to a release.

Michael reina February 28, 2013 at 08:58 PM
THEY HAVNT DONE A GOD DAM THING WORTH ANYTHING SINCE DAY 1.....im still friggn displaced from ortley...my landlord scared to rebuild not knowing if its rite or not... My credit isnt the best thankd to economy so i was turned down by sba...WELL DAMIT SINCE WHEN DOES A HURRICANE ONLY HIT PEOPLE WITH GOOD CREDIT....DAMIT IM A SINGLE DAD TRYN LIKE HELL TO GET AHEAD AND GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE LIFE I PROMISED HER ... But hell if they wont give a hand back to all ive paid......i need a 2 bdrm home in ortley or east tr school district so im not loosen time driven my daughter to school everyday from jackson......its just CRAP
Floodgate February 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Am i the only one that gets chills when FEMA is mentioned?
proud February 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM
No. www.stopfemanow.com
jerseyswamps February 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM
We need an exorcist.
Michelle V March 01, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Ortley Residents -- the latest gimmick is you CANNOT get a permit if you DO NOT sign a legal contract stating you AGREE to raise your house within four years...guess alot of follks will be rebuilding without permits! We live in America! They are holding our homes hostage unless we cowtow to their demands! SO WRONG!!
PJ Ortley March 01, 2013 at 04:13 AM
If you have more than 50% damage, TR will not let you rebuild without raising to the new elevations - period. The optional contract with TR gives you 4 years to do the lifting - and lets you repair enough to live in the home in the meantime, without lifting. They did this so that you can wait until the maps are final - so you might not have to lift so high or build to V zone requirements. If you do not have more then 50% damage, then you are not required to raise it.
Dominick Lodispoto March 01, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Who determines 50%....it has a lot to do with the types of materials in your home and what is the true value of your home..not the bs number put on your home by your local building deptartments or boro halls...four years to raise it and thirty grand ...more bs
lacey voter March 01, 2013 at 11:35 AM
The biggest, most costly Federal disaster is FEMA
proud March 01, 2013 at 11:58 AM
www stopfemanow.com
jerseyswamps March 01, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Dominick, That question has been very important to me. I am not seeking any grants to elevate. I do not want to go over 50% and then have the town come in and say I have to elevate and comply with all kinds of codes, etc. I've read a lot. FEMA does say it is 50% of the pre storm value of the structure. But who's 50%? FEMA says it is the local flood compliance officer. Who's that? I suppose someone the town appoints. Perhaps in the building department. The town has to comply with what FEMA wants for the town to receive FEMA money. How will the flood compliance officer determine that magic 50% number? The pre storm value would have at least some range between experts. Builders, appraisers,etc. But one number is exact. It is the pre storm assessed value of the structure. We can all agree it is low but it is a real number on the books. If the town is looking to play hardball with making you comply they will probably use that number. If they are reasonable they may go with an estimate of the fair market value. At least that is my take on how it will go down.
proud March 01, 2013 at 12:59 PM
@jerseyswamps, who the permit officer is depends on where you live. It could be the director of community development working in connection with engeering department (if there is such an entity) or municipal engineer. You might want to check the web site for your municipality or call the building department and make your inquiry. I'm sure you'll be directed.
A Resident March 01, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Local building inspector and/or building department. Whoever is responsible for issuing building permits.
Brick Jerz Mom 3 March 01, 2013 at 02:28 PM
NO help at all from them
Brick Jerz Mom 3 March 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM
have to say, a lot of people thought it was wrong that Mitt Romney mention that he wanted to do away with FEMA & he got a lot of negative feed back from that comment, He knew something that we maybe Didn't, that we working class tax paying people are paying for this & the majority have not been able to get any help from them. I lost about 4,000 in personal property that I was denied to get help from ( nothing compared to most I realize that) but my husband & I both have worked for over 25 yrs & own a home, that we also pay taxes on, YOUR going to tell me that btwn my husband & I we have not paid into the FEMA program 4,000??? We have WELL exceeded that& to be denied for it was a kick in the face from our goverment, as well Iam sure other people feel too, maybe Romney ( like him or not) knew what he was talking about when he made that comment about doing away with FEMA, I know I'd rather see my money....
Dominick Lodispoto March 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Thanks proud & J/ S...I still cant believe that after one episode (sandy) My home has gone from my main source of enjoyment to my financial demise. Out of pocket 100k...Devastating&I am sure its not just myself.200 k flood policy limit ...I get 50 k and a kick in the ass.what about the other 150..
Spooner March 01, 2013 at 04:59 PM
...that link isn't coming up
proud March 01, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Sorry Spooner, try Googling this and it should bring up the file: FEMA 50% RULE - SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT OR SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT/DAMAGE Z101-0410
Martin March 01, 2013 at 06:05 PM
FEMA is using our money for a bail-ut from its Katrina debt, thanks to the misguided 2012 Biggert-Waters Act. Tell your reps in Congress to amend that law and get FEMA out of our wallets! StopFemaNow.com
proud March 01, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Your welcome @Dom, and I feel your pain. Follow the advice of @Martin in the subsequent post : www.stopfemanow.com
Kim E March 01, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Join our fight against the new flood rates and height requirement! Visit www.StopFemaNow.com and we are on facebook!
proud March 01, 2013 at 06:19 PM
@ Dominick Lodispoto, here is one of the better overviews of determining substantial damage that I have seen. Google it: FEMA 50% RULE - SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT OR SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT/DAMAGE Z101-0410 www.stopfemanow.com
foggyworld March 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Fema seems to want to push out a ton of middle class folks from the Western side of Barnegat Bay. It's going to be impossible because they set up an insurance structure that doesn't pay off and now are adding new rules and regulations that our Governor has gone along with by accepting whatever comes out on the new Fema map. It's a land of Catch 22 and people are suffering intensely because of what is going on. But no one seems to care other than those who have been directly hurt. Indifference is the biggest sin of all.
proud March 01, 2013 at 06:32 PM
@ Brick Jerz Mom 3, this is not an endorsement of Romney per se,but what he suggested was that control of flood insurance be administered at the state level, as earthquake insurance is written in California. Given the shenanigans going on in Washington,and the failures of the NFIP, that very well be a good idea. www.stopfemanow.com
jerseyswamps March 01, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Thanks proud, but I'm keeping a low profile. I'm not asking any questions in my town. I'm learning to trust no one. I don't want anyone wondering why I'm asking about permits. Sadly, I don't want to trust neighbors. Some could be angry they are getting screwed and not think it was fair that everyone wasn't hurting as badly as them.
proud March 01, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I can appreciate that @jerseyswamps. Hope all works out for you.
proud March 01, 2013 at 07:22 PM
@Spooner, I have re posted to @ Dom L. Try this in a search engine: FEMA 50% RULE - SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT OR SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT/DAMAGE Z101-0410
John Hay March 03, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Free Sandy desktop Clock and mini-clock here: http://www.orijinations.com/HTML/JH/SandyDay.html


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