--Latest Hurricane Irene Information--
MERCER’S FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER TO CLOSE OCT. 31
Families, individuals and businesses in New Jersey that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene have until the end of the month to register for federal assistance. The deadline for registering for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance is Oct. 31, 2011. In Mercer County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Mercer DRC is at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in the Fine Arts Building.
The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by Hurricane Irene events Aug. 27 to Sept. 5 can apply to recoup their losses. The DRC is staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. The DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County. Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered storm damage must bring with them a list of materials or goods lost or damaged as a result of the floods.
Signs are posted on the MCCC campus directing people to the Fine Arts Building and the FEMA DRC. Reserved parking areas are also marked. The West Windsor College Campus is accessible by public transportation. People living in Trenton who need transportation to the West Windsor campus may take the hourly shuttle bus from the Trenton Kerney Campus to the West Windsor campus. Those wishing to take the shuttle must check in with security at the Kerney Campus before riding. The Kerney Campus is at North Broad and Academy streets, Trenton.
The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Oct. 31. SBA loan applications are a key part of the FEMA registration process. If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at www.sba.gov or 800-659-2955.
The standard flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program have a 60-day period to file proof of loss. That deadline is Oct. 31.
There are three ways to register – go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.
Residents who registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information there. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center at Mercer County Community College.
FEMA Information Meeting for Hamilton Residents
An information meeting for Hamilton residents will be held with a presentation from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 6:00 PM at Nottingham High School (located at 1055 Klockner Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619) in the School Gymnasium.
The meeting will review sources of disaster assistance for residents who were affected by Hurricane Irene and its subsequent flooding.
Following the presentation, there will time for residents to ask questions of FEMA representatives.
Register with FEMA For Disaster Assistance
If you sustained losses or damages from Hurricane Irene you may be eligble for disaster assistance
Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA)
Online: www.disasterassistance.gov or www.fema.gov
When you apply for disaster assistance, please have the following available:
Social Security Number
Private insurance information, if available
Address and zip code of the damaged property
Directions to the damaged home or property
Daytime telephon number
Hamilton Waives Inspection/Permit Fees for Hurricane Irene Storm/Flood Victims
Damage caused by Hurricane Irene has created a need for many Hamilton residents to replace electric panels or appliances, which require permits fees for safety inspections. But in wake of property damage across our community -- which in some neighborhoods has been extremely severe -- Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo has authorized the waiving of permit fees for safety inspections that are directly related to storm/flood damage from Hurricane Irene.
The waiver, which will remain in effect for 90 days retroactively from August 27, 2011, would apply to residents who may need to replace items such as electrical panels, circuit-breaker boxes, electrical wires to outlets, hot water heaters, gas or oil heaters, oil storage tanks, or A/C condensing units, because of flooding from Hurricane Irene.
“These types of inspections protect the safety of our residents; and when considering the damage across our community, I would much rather encourage affected homeowners to have these important safety inspections to protect themselves and their loved ones, rather than allow a permit fee to possibly deter their compliance at a time when they are experiencing significant property loss,” explains Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo.
To help ensure the integrity of this temporary waiver, residents must supply the Township’s Department of Community Planning and Compliance with proof that the inspection permit is for repairs needed because of storm damage. As a reminder, Hamilton Township already waives these types of permit fees for residents over the age of 62.
Additionally, Hamilton Township’s decision to waive these permit fees also means that residents will not have to pay State of New Jersey permit surcharge fees, which would otherwise be required.
Finally, Mayor Bencivengo is urging residents to continue to visit the Township’s website (www.HamiltonNJ.com) for helpful safety tips related to storm/flooding issues, such as the Post Storm/Flood Guide for Residents, which was hand-delivered to homeowners in the some of Hamilton’s most severely impacted neighborhoods earlier this week.
“Our Township officials will continue to do all that we can to assist our affected residents during this time of need,” says Mayor Bencivengo. “I encourage residents to continue to visit our Township website and review the information and safety tips it features.”