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Rep. Scott Garrett : Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties Eligible for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties Eligible for FEMA Disaster Assistance

A short while ago, after I requested additional FEMA assistance from the governor and the president, it was announced that Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties are now all eligible for disaster assistance for damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy. This means individuals and families whose uninsured property has been damaged or destroyed as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy may qualify for financial or direct assistance from FEMA.

How to apply:

You can apply for disaster assistance a number of ways. If you have access to the Internet, you can apply online at There you will find an application that will guide you through the entire process. If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can apply by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Additionally, FEMA often opens Disaster Recovery Centers in disaster areas where you can speak to someone in person about available disaster programs. There have not been any Disaster Recovery Centers announced yet in the 5th District, but if any are announced, your local townships and I will have information about where they are located.

What to Expect After Applying:

Here is some information direct from FEMA’s website: Applicants who register with FEMA will be given a personal application number. This number will be used to provide later to a FEMA Housing Inspector. So it’s important that you write this number down, and keep it secure and handy for future use. A FEMA Housing Inspector will contact you to make an appointment to visit your property within 14 days after you apply. The inspector will assess disaster related damage for your real and personal property. Please visit FEMA’s “The Next Step After You Register for Disaster Assistance” section of their website for complete details.

My offices are here to help:

My offices are here to help with any FEMA questions you may have throughout the application process. Please don’t hesitate to call:

Glen Rock: 201-444-5454
Newton: 973-300-2000
Washington, DC: 202-225-4465

Hurricane Sandy delivered New Jersey a devastating blow, but together we will get back on our feet and begin to rebuild the Garden State. May God bless and comfort the people of New Jersey and everyone who was put in harm’s way during this storm and may God bless the United States of America.


Rep. Scott Garrett

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