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FEDERAL ASSISTANCE & SUPPORT AVAILABLE POST-HURRICANE SANDY
Application deadlines for most federal assistance via FEMA have passed, however additional resources including those from the State of New Jersey are available. Below is the latest information on assistance and resources available to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild:
State of New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Assistance
reNew Jersey Stronger Housing Assistance - The grants are designed to encourage homeowners to resettle in their primary residences and help them reconstruct, rehabilitate, elevate and mitigate their homes or by calling 1-855-SANDYHM.
Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has established a grant and loan forgiveness program for New Jersey-based small businesses or non-profit organizations that sustained a minimum of $5,000 in physical damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Apply online: http://application.njeda.com/strongernjbusinessgrant/
Apply by phone: 1-855-SANDY-BZ
Apply by email: StrongerNJBusiness@njeda.com
NJ Department of Labor & Workforce - http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/index.html
National Flood Insurance & Claims
FEMA has extended the deadline for policyholders to send their proofs of loss documentation to fully support the amounts requested to their insurers.FEMA recognizes that certain NFIP policyholders may have encountered difficulties filing a timely proof of loss for complex cases. This extension provides an additional six months beyond the two previous extensions, providing for a full 24 months after the date of loss to submit required documentation.
- Questions about flood insurance claims or insurance rates based on new preliminary flood maps as well as the appeals process can call 800.427.4661 (M-F 8am to 4:30pm)
- Have a FloodSmart Representative call you or visit www.floodsmart.gov.
- Visit Region2Coastal.com for information about newly-released preliminary flood maps. Look up your own property or business at www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table.
Non-Flood Insurance Claims
The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance is assisting New Jersey residents with unresolved non-flood insurance claims related to Hurricane Sandy with mediation through the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
The mediation program will allow property owners to submit homeowner's, automobile and commercial property claims to a mediator who will review the case and assist in settlement discussions. Disputed non-flood Sandy-related claims greater than $1,000 that do not include a reasonable suspicion of fraud and are based on policies in force at the time Sandy made landfall will be eligible for mediation. Insurance carriers will pay for the cost of the mediator. Policyholders who wish to bring legal representation to the mediation session may hire an attorney at their own expense.
Apply online: www.adr.org
Apply by phone: 855-366-9774
Apply by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, if you have a complaint or question, the hotline is 800-446-7467 or submit via www.state.nj.us/dobi/consumer.htm#insurance
Stay Updated with Current Conditions & Alerts from New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
NJ 211 - This state-managed website gives current road and infrastructure conditions, power outages, public health precautions and volunteer opportunities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. http://www.nj211.org/hurricane.cfm
NJ Alert - NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: www.njalert.gov.