HUDSON COUNTY - Help from Washington, D.C. is on the way. Residents of Hudson County can now apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the damage from Hurricane Irene.
Affected residents and businesses are advised to document the damage to their homes or businesses with photos or video, and also keep a list of items that have been damaged or destroyed, according to a press release from the city of Hoboken.
Federal assistance may include temporary housing, repair, replacement, or other needs such as Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Small Business Administration disaster loans, according to the release.
To apply for federal disaster assistance, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362).
Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss should call 1 (800) 462-7585. Specialists are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.
When applying for help, residents will need their social security number, current and pre-disaster address, a contact number, insurance information, total household annual income, a routing and account number from their bank, and a description of losses that were caused by Hurricane Irene, according to a release.- Ray Smith