HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY RESOURCES
MOLD GUIDANCE FOR NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS
The New Jersey Department of Health has released Mold Guidelines for New Jersey Residents recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
The State’s guidelines have been revised to more thoroughly inform homeowners about the importance of remediating homes or businesses affected by molds and provide some suggestions on how New Jerseyans can take corrective actions to address such conditions.
Where can I find mold?
Molds are fungi that occur naturally in the environment. Molds can be found almost anywhere. Molds may grow in different shapes and appear brown, yellow, green or black in color. The appearance of mold depends on the species of mold present. Molds may be odorless or they may emit a strong or unpleasant odor (musty). Molds may also grow unnoticed above ceilings, behind walls, in attics and basements, or in crawl spaces.
What happens if I have been exposed to mold?
Exposure to mold can cause nasal and throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. If you think you have been exposed to mold, seek medical assistance.
How do I get rid of mold?
If you suspect that mold is present in your house or in your small business, you need to take corrective actions right away.
A homeowner or business owner may be capable of cleaning up molds contamination for smaller areas that are less than 10-square-feet, and have been affected by mold growth. For larger areas greater than 100-square-feet, a qualified contractor who has experience in mold or environmental contamination may be required.
For anyone performing mold removal or remediation work, remember to always wear protective gear, including gloves, protective clothing, mask and goggles.
Where can I find or get more information about mold and mold removal?
New Jersey residents can call the NJ Department of Environmental and Occupation Health Assessment Program with any questions regarding mold and mold removal procedures at (609) 826-4950.
To receive a copy of the State’s Mold Guidelines for New Jersey Residents, New Jerseyans can call the same number (609-826-4950) and also download a pamphlet by visiting:
Block Grant funding information is starting to be released by NJDCA. The RREM Program will be of interest to many homeowners.
The attachments outline the type of documents that will be needed for each application. This information should be distributed to homeowners so that they can prepare for their application.
Sandy Recovery Bulletin
New Jersey | DR-4086-NJ | Hurricane Sandy
The State of New Jersey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are committed to providing the most relevant information to survivors of Hurricane Sandy. We will periodically email you with resources and news on the recovery. Please do not reply to this email. If you have any questions, visit a Disaster Recovery Center near you or call the toll-free FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Please feel free to print out and share, or forward this email, to anyone who might benefit from the information. If you wish to unsubscribe, click the link at the end of this bulletin.
Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey in the evening of Monday, October 29, 2012, and wreaked havoc on communities across the state. While the damage suffered is devastating, I know New Jersey will rebound. My office has compiled a list of resources available to New Jersey residents as they recover from Sandy. Please take advantage of the resources available to storm victims.
Federal Disaster Assistance: New Jerseyans impacted by Superstorm Sandy should go to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) to apply for federal aid.
The website consolidates the application process across several federal agencies, shortens the time it takes to apply, and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.
While not everyone is eligible for federal aid right now, FEMA will hold all applications and process them once additional residents become eligible as a result of disaster designations for more New Jersey counties.
Small Business Administration
Customer service center: 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339
Disaster assistance website: SBA.gov/DisasterAssistance
Resources for Additional Needs
New Jersey disaster case management: 877-510-6762 or email at [email protected]
American Red Cross: 800-733-2767 or online at RedCross.org
New Jersey Hope and Healing: 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356
Disaster legal services: 888-541-1900
Disaster unemployment: Online at Unemployment Insurance Benefits
FEMA disaster assistance registration and helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585
Apply online for assistance: DisasterAssistance.gov
Find the nearest disaster recovery center: FEMA.gov/DRC or text “DRC” and your “zip code” to 43362
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE DEADLINE NEARS
The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance is Feb. 4. The program covers self-employed individuals and others left jobless as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy and who may not be covered by regular unemployment insurance.
If you plan to file a disaster unemployment assistance claim, you must first file a claim for regular unemployment assistance.
STILL LOOKING FOR A NEW RENTAL?
The state of New Jersey and FEMA have identified more than 700 homes and apartments available for rent in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties.
The exact number of available rentals fluctuates as units are occupied and new listings are added, but up-to-date listings can be found at www.socialserve.com where you can select the New Jersey link to do a search.
HELP SPREAD WORD THAT DEADLINE CLOSING IN
If you know anyone still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy please remind them the deadline to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is April 1 2013.
FEMA disaster assistance may include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
Federal Disaster Relief Loans
|The U.S. Small Business Administration issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy that began on Oct. 26, 2012:“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of New Jersey with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”The disaster declaration covers Monmouth County, which is eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. Interest rates are as low as 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance applicants should call the FEMA toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362.|