FEMA Application Deadline Postponed to March 1

Those requiring assistance after Hurricane Sandy now have until March 1 to register for FEMA aid.  The extension was prompted by a request from New Jersey officials, according to FEMA.

The registration process, which was supposed to expire Jan. 30, is the starting point for FEMA aid programs and referrals to other agencies, such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. FEMA aid covers damages not paid for by insurance, and it includes money for rental assistance, critical home repairs and other disaster-related needs.

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With FEMA pushing back its deadline¸ the SBA also extended its January 30 deadline for low-interest disaster loan applications. The applications can now be returned by March 1.

More than 57,500 New Jersey residents so far have been approved for help through FEMA’s individual assistance program.

Registration with FEMA can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by a mobile device at m.fema.gov, or by phone at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone number operates from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.

For more information on the SBA, visit www.sba.gov or call (800) 659-2955.