PATERSON, NJ - Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly is supplying the following information for folks on how to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid and for national messages:
1. REGISTERING FOR FEMA ASSISTANCE
The President declared major disasters for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm. SBA provides loans to individuals as part of the Federal disaster assistance program. During the FEMA disaster registration process, applicants should also apply for a disaster loan through the Small Business Administration.
There are three ways to apply for assistance:
Call (800) 621-3362.
Call TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities.
FEMA is using extensive media messaging and will be working through community relations specialists to get the message out as widely as possible. Disaster Recovery Centers will also be opened where disaster survivors can come, register for assistance and get additional information on available programs and services.
2. NATIONAL MESSAGES
- Today, President Obama visited FEMA's National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. to participate in a briefing with several members of his cabinet, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as well as National Security Advisor John Brennan, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, and many other senior government officials. The President directed the federal family during the briefing to continue to bring all federal resources to bear that are needed without delay as they lean forward to support states, tribes, and communities in their response. FEMA continues to coordinate the federal government's assistance to support the states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy.
- Today, the President, Governor Chris Christie and FEMA Administrator Fugate toured the storm damaged New Jersey coast and met with disaster survivors and first-responders, and were briefed by state and local officials on response efforts. Tomorrow, November 1st, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will travel to Connecticut and New York to meet with state and local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy.
- Also, at the direction of the President, a power restoration working group has been established to cut through the red tape, increase federal, state, tribal, local and private sector coordination and restore power to people as quickly as possible. Led by FEMA Administrator Fugate, this working group includes representatives from private sector utilities and includes government representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives from local law enforcement, among others.
- More than 2,200 FEMA personnel are working to support response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support. Nine federal urban search and rescue task forces are supporting local search and rescue operations and an additional six teams are on alert should they be needed. Community relations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas of the Mid-Atlantic going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness. Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and teams are located in storm-affected states to provide secure and non-secure voice, video, information services, operations and logistics support to response efforts in affected states. 14 Incident Management Assistance Teams and 12 liaison officers, positioned in affected states before the storm, continue to support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs.
- States, tribes, localities and the Red Cross continue to operate emergency shelters along the East Coast. To find a shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
- The President declared major disasters for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in those states can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
- In addition, the President signed federal emergency declarations for New Hampshire, Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. This allows FEMA to provide resources directly to state and local government engaged in life-saving and sustaining activities