NEW JERSEY – President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New Jersey and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida from September 1 to September 3, 2021.
The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in the counties of Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset.
Lastly, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Patrick Cornbill as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.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 will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Separately, New Jersey has also launched a portal to gather data from impacted individuals outside of the counties that FEMA has declared a major disaster area. FEMA will continue to evaluate damage in other counties and the State’s portal will ensure that all Ida damages across all NJ counties are evaluated for potential FEMA assistance. The State’s portal will record basic information including name, location, damages and cost, and need from impacted residents and businesses. It is accessible at nj.gov/ida and damagenj-njoem.hub.arcgis.com.
“Our hearts go out to every single Jersey resident and local business affected by Hurricane Ida, especially those families who lost loved ones. With FEMA’s approval of a Major Disaster Declaration, residents and business owners in Passaic and Bergen Counties can now begin the federal disaster assistance application process, which will help them access critical resources and emergency financial aid as they work to recover,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “I’m urging residents outside of the FEMA-approved counties to register their Ida damage through the State of New Jersey’s data collection portal, as FEMA continues to evaluate issues throughout the state.”