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Storm Resources for New Jersey Businesses and Residents
Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we have compiled a list of important contacts and web resources available to assist in your recovery efforts. Homeowners, job seekers, businesses, and NJ residents as a whole can benefit from utilizing this valuable information.
Information is updated regulary, so check back with us often!
Here you will find resources to help you through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
- For FEMA disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
- Free Legal Aid is now available to disaster survivors through the New Jersey State Bar Association and ABA Young Lawyers Division by calling 888-541-1900 Monday through Friday from 9-5.
- Click here to find a local Red Cross shelter near you.
- If you are in need of help, but you are unsure of where to turn, dial 2-1-1 or visit nj211.org for a database of local resources.
- Only call 911 for serious emergencies and injuries. Residents are urged to call local police non-emergency phone numbers for other various needs, or simply dial 2-1-1
- For temporary work opportunities, call 1-877-682-6238 or e-mail email@example.com
- To volunteer time or resources, call 1-800-Jersey7 (537-7397) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For immediate crisis counseling and help, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990. You can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 and begin the process of recovery. TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
- To report life-threatening infrastructure problems, call (609) 963-6810.
- For business questions, call the Business Action Center at (609) 534-7789.
- Get instant warnings, alerts, and important information from your local NJ police department by receiving text or email Nixle alerts. Sign up here.
- Visit ready.nj.gov for the latest updates and alerts issued by the state and the NJOEM (New Jersey Office of Emergency Management).
- For transportation information including road and tunnel closures/ openings, dial 5-1-1 or visit 511nj.org.
- For general questions or complaints related to insurance, contact the Department of Banking and Insurance at 800-446-7467, 609-292-7272 or www.state.nj.us/dobi.
- For HUD guidance or assistance, call (973) 776-7201. For fair housing or disability access issues, call (800) 496-4294.
New Jersey Eduation Association - The NJEA Hurricane Sandy Back to School Effort will help our members replace and rebuild the learning environments our students need. The NJEA Hurricane Sandy Back to School Fund will be used to support member volunteer efforts in New Jersey's hardest-hit communities and schools. Through donations of money, materials and time, NJEA and its members will help our hardest-hit schools and communities rebuild.
Hurricane Sandy Rumor Control - There is a lot of misinformation circulating on social networks regarding the response and recovery effort for Hurricane Sandy. This page will provide accurate information about the types of assistance available.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management — Residents can follow the New Jersey OEM's alerts and updates which offer important information for those seeking shelter and additional information about conditions. The organization is also keeping residents informed through its Twitter account. There is also a list to county OEMs that residents can contact if necessary.
FEMA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be assisting those in New Jersey who were greatly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. To apply for disaster assistance, New Jersey residents and business owners can visit DisasterAssistance.gov ,download the FEMA smartphone app or visit m.fema.gov from a smartphone. To apply over the phone, call 800-621-3362. Click here for information about disaster aid programs through FEMA.
To search for shelters via text message, text: SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). FEMA also offers Disaster Recovery Centers for victims of storms. Individuals and families who have been displaced by the disaster can use the FEMA Housing Portal to help find a place to live.
Grants are available for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance. Click here for more information.
American Red Cross - For those who are unable to return home, states, tribes, localities, the Red Cross continue to operate emergency shelters along the East Coast. The American Red Cross can provide access to open shelters, register or search the Safe and Well listings for family members, and additional services. Download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Links to the many chapters across the State are available below:
Disaster Unemployment Assistance - If you are unemployed because of the disaster that began on Oct. 28, you can receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Registration closes February 4, 2013. For more information, click here.
State of New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Information Center - Statewide resources available to assist in storm recovery, including plans for utility restoration, guidance on insurance claims, information for parents and families, along with videos and latest news from the Office of the Governor.
New Jersey Department of Human Services - The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Disaster and Terrorism Branch is coordinating statewide efforts to help individuals and communities manage the emotional impact of the storm, providing support in shelters around the State in the form of disaster crisis counseling and informational materials.
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest - treatment center offering mental health services as well as emergency financial services and debt counseling to its clients, including Sandy victims. Also acts as a liaison between individuals seeking assistance and sources of aid.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - The Department of Health has activated the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program, providing prescription drugs and limited durable medical equipment to individuals without health insurance. For more information, click here.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Disaster assistance and emergency relief for individuals and businesses. Individuals in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.
JCP&L — Jersey Central Power & Light has online form for customers to report power outages. Customers with downed power lines or other hazardous situations should call 888-544-4877 immediately. JCP&L customers can check the utility's outage map and follow its Twitter account for updates.
PSE&G — PSE&G customers who are registered users of My Account can report a power outage online. All customers can call 800-436-PSEG (7734) to report outages. The utility offers an outage map and updates through its website and Twitter account.
New Jersey Business Action Center - One stop business portal for businesses in New Jersey. If, due to the storm, you are unable get answers to everyday questions you may have, check out their webiste and see if you can get the information you need there. Information about: financial solutions, tax center, licensing and permits, starting a business and more. Call the Business Action Center at (609) 534-7789 if you cannot find what you need.
NJ Transit — Friday, November 2, NEC [Northeast Corridor] service will be restored between Trenton Transit Center and New York Penn Station, operating on a special schedule. NEC service is not affected by power failure at the Rail Operations Center. NJ TRANSIT rail service on the North Jersey Coast Line, Raritan Valley Line and the Main Line is suspended due to a power failure at NJ TRANSIT's rail operations center which controls the lines." Please click the link for the NEC special schedule: http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/NEC_WITH_NY.pdf
U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster loan information: SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. Business Recovery Centers opened in New Jersey on November 14, which will provide one-on-one assistance to business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Homeowner Connect - connects homeowners who may be struggling with their mortgage with valuable free resources, such as information on options via government and industry programs. Provides a localized map of free, nonprofit housing counselors available to help discuss your options.
US Department of Agriculture - offering loans for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.
Scholastic - providing resources to teachers and parents to support their children's social and emotional recovery from the vast devastation left by hurricane Sandy
PNC - Customers who need access to cash now for rebuilding, relocating or unexpected expenses due to Hurricane Sandy should call PNC at 1-888-762-2265 (consumers) or 1-855-762-2365 (businesses). For a limited time, they are offering reduced rates and attractive terms on select consumer and business loans in affected areas.
The Intersect Fund - offering disaster relief loans to New Jersey small businesses that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. These loans are targeted at businesses that will not qualify for SBA Disaster Loans. These loans carry reduced interest rates and faster turnaround times. Businesses can apply online.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority - offers immediate access to cash for your business. They offer loans and a variety of other products. Their prominent program is the Main Street Disaster Relief program, which guarantees up to $500,000 for Commercial lines of credit. This program is designed for expedited approvals. A decision will be made within 5 days of receiving the application.
Twilio - Telephone companies servicing New York & New Jersey are accepting requests to redirect calls to business lines to any other phone number until recovery from the storm is complete. If your business is based in the New York or New Jersey areas and you've lost phone connectivity, we'll help build a temporary replacement phone line for you. Twilio volunteers will build you a temporary phone tree, call queue, or voicemail system to help your business operate until your service is restored.
Local Library Resources
Camden County Library System - issuing temporary cards to people who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy; free six month courtesy card, set to expire on May 1, 2013
Newark Public Library - Library has compiled a great list of State and local resources available to victims of Sandy
Ocean County Library - Library has compiled many useful resources for Hurricane Sandy recovery, including information on donating and volunteering, and direct link to FEMA website. Visit any of the Library's branches to get warm, enjoy a book, use computers or attend a library program. You can bring your wireless devices, as our WiFi is up and running and we have charging stations available as well for your mobile devices. You can view how library customers have been using the library since the storm here.Remember to check back to the website, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest information about the Ocean County Library.
Lodi Memorial Library - Library has provided information on where to donate, volunteer and pick up supplies in Bergen County, where to donate money for Sandy victims, and how to clean up from Bergen Health Dept
Bernardsville Public Library - Library is asking local residents to share stories and oral reports about experiences during Hurricane Sandy to record history as it's being made. These stories will be compiled and saved in their local history room for reflection in the future. To participate, visit www.bernardsvillelibrary.org/stormstories and click on the link in the yellow bar: “Tell us your storm stories here.”
Plainfield Public Library - Library has gathered local disaster relief and emergency information for the city of Plainfield and Union County