Two and a half weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New Jersey coastline, the residents of this state are doing whatever they can to pick up the pieces that once were their homes. The storm has left these homeless families with an option to rebuild their lives, and that option includes receiving assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA).
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been observing the superstorm damage first hand and intends to continue to help the state for the “long term.”
“There’s more work to do,” said Napolitano during a press conference Friday at FEMA’s joint field office in Middletown. “We will be here today, we will be here next week, we will be here for the months and possibly years to come.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, since Napolitano first witnessed the destruction on Nov. 4th, more than 210,000 residents have registered for FEMA aid with $186 million all ready being granted to individuals by the federal government.
In order to get power restored and file an insurance claim, Napolitano urges residents to have a house inspection.
Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan stated that FEMA has, for the first time, established a rapid-repair program to help all residents who were ousted out of their homes by Sandy, but some will need suitable long-term housing.
“We have families who will be out for a long rebuilding process, where homes have been completely been destroyed,” Donovan said in a Wall Street Journal article. “Some families it will take years.”
If you have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy you can apply for federal assistance. Affected residents must register with FEMA by phone or online to access that aid. To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).