Coordinating Officer Says FEMA Has Funds to Meet All NJ’s Needs

November 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the state. The organization announced it is reimbursing four towns more than $8 million for the clean-up process — Plainfield, Manalapan, Little Silver and Keansburg. Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that FEMA has sufficient funds to take care of the needs of the Garden State and will stay until the job is complete.

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FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that FEMA has sufficient funds for New Jersey. So far, Vogel said a quarter of a billion dollars has been granted to individual families.

FEMA has separate assistance programs for private individuals and public communities. The individual assistance program is activated when a person calls and registers with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 or registering online at disasterassistance.gov. After registration, an inspector will contact the registrant and come to see their house and its damage. FEMA then settles with the homeowner after the insurance claim is taken care of. With the public assistance program, Vogel said FEMA identifies communities with the worst damage and reimburse them up to 75 percent of the cost they spent directly related to the storm.

Vogel said the money will be available for the Garden State. “We have sufficient funding in place in order to be able to take care of all the needs in New Jersey,” he said.

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