Red Bank Borough Officials continue to ensure that we get the most up to date information to our residents in a timely manner. We thank all of our residents for their patience during the recovery period. We will continue to post information on resources as it becomes available. The links can be found on the left hand side of this page.
If you sustained losses or damages from Hurricane Sandy you may be eligible for disaster assistance. You can Register ONLINE at: www.disasterassistance.gov or through mobile device at m.fema.gov, you can call 1-800-621-3362 or use the TTY service at 1-800-462-7585. Additional information on Disaster Relief is posted below and in the links on the left side of this page.
PLEASE NOTE: SOME APPLICATION DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE AGENCIES LISTED REGARDING POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Individuals who rent or own a home, a business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are victims of a disaster, may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The application filing deadlines to are:
Physical Damage: December 31, 2012
Economic Injury: July 31, 2013
What Types of Disaster Loans are Available?
Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles.
Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/content/2012-hurricane-and-tropical-storm-recovery-assistance-information.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
TIPS FOR CUSTOMERS REQUESTING SERVICE RECONNECTIONS
Thousands of Jersey Central Power & Light customers sustained significant damage to their homes and businesses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. As repairs are completed, customers will need to have their service reconnected.
Here are some tips and information to make the reconnection process easier. There are dedicated Service Crews handling reconnection work.
- Residents should have a licensed electricianmake repairs to their homes.
- If the customer has a functioning electrical service entrance, including the meter, JCP&L will complete the service reconnection.
- If the meter was removed due to severe damage or flooding – JCP&L will install a new meter after the service is repaired by a qualified electrician and inspected by a state inspector.
- The inspector will provide certification that the work has been done properly, and will fax the cut-in card to 888-914-9140.
- The inspector will attach a sticker with the inspection date on the meter pan.
- Customers should have their home address or account number when calling the company to request reconnection.
- Because of the volume of requests, it could take a few days for service to be reconnected.
To schedule a service reconnection, customers should call 1-800-662-3115.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM FEMA FOR DISPLACED VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY
THA falls under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It allows eligible evacuees from Hurricane Sandy, who cannot return to their homes, to stay in hotels or motels until more suitable housing accommodations are available.
This federal assistance is intended to provide a place to stay for a longer period of time for evacuees whose neighborhoods are not accessible or whose houses have been destroyed. The initial period of assistance is from Nov. 1, 2012 to Nov. 14, 2012, with a Nov. 15 checkout.
A decision regarding extending the initial assistance period beyond Nov. 14, 2012 has not been made at this time. Once again, the contact info regarding Transitional Housing Assistance (THA) is as follows:
Register by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice. Help in languages other than English is available. Or you can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov You can also apply through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone by visiting http://m.fema.gov and go to the disasterassistance.gov link and then follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
Eligible evacuees must fit the following criteria:
1. FEMA must be able to verify the identity of the evacuee;
2. The primary residence of the evacuee must be in one of the counties that has been designated a disaster area; and
3. The primary residence is inaccessible or unlivable due to damage or lack of power.
In addition to THA-related information, Governor Christie has sent out information regarding services that residents may access through New Jersey’s Departments of Health and Human Services.
The Department of Health has public health experts available through the state’s 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water safety and mold removal to assist New Jersey residents as they cleanup their homes and businesses after Hurricane Sandy.
Health experts can answer questions about personal health and safety concerns; cleaning and mold removal; carbon monoxide concerns and food and drinking water safety. Residents can call 2-1-1 or 1-866-234-0964 to reach Public Health officials, who are available to take calls 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends. The 2-1-1 human services hotline is open 24/7.
There are also resources available to help residents cope with the stress during this challenging time. The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ 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.
The Disaster and Terrorism Branch partners with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey to offer assistance through a toll-free Disaster Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-294-HELP (4357). A TTY line is available for persons who are deaf and hearing impaired at 1-877-294-4356. The federal government also has a Disaster Distress website and provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support resources available at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUS to 66746. The federal Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the United States, all of whom provide crisis counseling for those who are in emotional distress.
While resources that are offered through NJ 2-1-1 vary from community-to-community, call specialists will provide information and referral services to callers about a variety of concerns, including: food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency or homeless shelters, rental assistance and utility assistance.
The call center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed with over 50 referral specialists trained to guide callers to the most appropriate services in their area. Particularly in times of disaster, 2-1-1 plays a vital role in keeping residents connected to factual, up-to-date information. NJ 2-1-1 does not process applications or provide funding or benefits.