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NEW JERSEY/FEMA OPERATIONS OVERVIEW
Help is available for individuals whose homes or businesses were affected by Hurricane
FEMA’s first priorities for housing assistance include financial assistance for home repairs and the use of available housing stock in the affected area (for example, available rental units. FEMA is coordinating with other federal agencies such as our federal partner, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, to identify additional, available temporary housing resources for disaster survivors.
Disaster Recovery Centers are open in
Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available for those whose jobs were impacted by the hurricane. That includes people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm workers. Registration closes
Free Legal Aid now available to disaster survivors - FEMA is working with the New Jersey State Bar Association, and ABA Young Lawyers Division to provide free legal aid to storm survivors. Disaster survivors may call toll-free at 888-541-1900 Monday through Friday from 9-5. Callers may leave a message which will be returned the next day. The hotline is open to residents who need legal help related to the disaster such as insurance-related claims, landlord-tenant matters, FEMA appeals and creditor-debtor matters.
KEY FEDERAL AGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY EFFORTS
Department of Health and Human Services
· Approximately 800 HHS personnel remain deployed to provide public health and medical assistance to
· As hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities return to service, HHS teams return to their home states. Nine Disaster Medical Assistance Teams from the National Disaster Medical System with caches of medical supplies and two teams of U.S. Public Health Service commissioned corps officers are currently deployed to New Jersey and New York to provide care in medical shelters and augment hospital staff the states’ and city’s request.
· These teams include behavioral health professionals from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps deployed to provide mental health support in shelters and for first responders. Residents also can connect with local crisis counselors through the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).
· Monday, 21 FEMA Corps Teams encompassing 217 members are currently on the ground in 11
American Red Cross
· Red Cross has established a call center for Hurricane Sandy at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) for all inquiries.
· Outreach operations continue providing disaster relief items across
National Guard Bureau:
· More than 3,900 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 10 states are conducting debris clearing, fuel distribution, security, transportation, communications, shelter operations, generator distribution, traffic control, and wellness checks in support of recovery efforts.
· Nearly 12,000 National Guard members from 21 states and the
· Air National Guard (ANG) C-27J, C-130, C-17 and C-5 crews from 16 units hauled more than 2,160 tons of power generation equipment, food, water, and other needed supplies during 38 airlift missions.
· Employers of National Guard members continue to support our Soldiers and Airmen during the recovery effort.
· Nearly 830 Army and Air Guard members from 7 states (PA 440, MA 136, OH 132, and DE 107) are supporting recovery missions in affected states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
· SBA opened 4 more Business Recovery Centers in the following
· In addition to representation in all DRCs and MDRCs, the SBA has Business Recovery Centers in
FEMA Key Efforts
· Operation priorities across the federal response effort continue to focus on providing life sustaining support to the State including sheltering, sheltering-in-place, mass care, medical assistance and commodities for state distribution. FEMA and other Federal partners are also concentrating on providing power generation technical assistance, assessments and installation of generators at critical facilities identified by the State and providing bulk and retail fuel for first responders, critical infrastructure, and the public, and identifying any first responder gaps.
· Children’s Task Force first meeting was held Nov. 13 in
· State/FEMA Housing Assessment Teams are calling commercial mobile home parks in
· As of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 61,580 flood insurance claims were made in
· FEMA Public Assistance and state emergency managers completed a second day of Applicant Briefings. Five were held today for the counties of
· Four more Applicant Briefings will be held Thursday. Friday is the final day when four are scheduled for a total of 17. All 21 counties in