Another county in NJ now eligible for federal disaster relief from Storm Ida
Business owners and residents of Morris County are now eligible for federal disaster relief funds following the destructive impact of Tropical Storm Ida, FEMA said on Saturday.
Morris County, the last region to add to an increasingly long list, was one of the areas where high floods caused untold material damage.
Saturday afternoon, 11 counties make up the list.
Essex, Hudson, Mercer and Union were added Friday. And President Joe Biden originally issued a declaration of disaster for Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset.
Since the storm hit, many business owners told NJ Advance Media that they did not have flood insurance since they were not located in a flood zone. When Biden makes a declaration of major disaster for hard-hit areas like Morris County, residents of that region may qualify for federal aid like grants and loans.
FEMA and the National Emergency Management Office have go around various affected counties, including Burlington, Monmouth and Warren, which have yet to be added to the declaration of emergency. FEMA officials said they are still evaluating those counties.
“We will continue to work with our federal partners to include all eligible counties and residents,” Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter on Friday.
Earlier during the week, Murphy called Ida “truly a statewide event” that “demands a statewide response.”
Morris County residents and business owners who have suffered losses will now be able to seek help online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number for the hearing impaired or hard of hearing is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Calls will be accepted seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Under the declaration, applications will also be opened for a range of federal programs, including low-cost loans for property losses not covered by insurance, and grants for temporary shelter and home repairs.
State and local governments, as well as some Morris County nonprofits, may also receive federal funding for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by storms.
“We are just beginning the rebuilding process,” Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist. Said Friday. “The federal declaration of disaster allows us to provide resources to families and to our local governments. “
Additional counties could be added as authorities continue to assess damage statewide to the garden. Additionally, New Jersey residents and businesses will be eligible for federal funds to help cover the costs of measures designed to deal with future disasters.
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