Happy Labor Day to you and your family. As you know, last week the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused massive flooding and devastating damage across New Jersey, with particularly severe impacts in our Ninth Congressional District. Tragically, at least 25 lives have been lost in our state, making Ida one of New Jersey's deadliest storms on record.
I immediately joined my colleagues in the New Jersey Congressional Delegation in calling on President Biden to issue a Major Disaster Declaration for our state, per Governor Murphy's request. Last night, the President granted a Major Disaster Declaration , allowing impacted towns and counties to receive necessary federal aid to rebuild and recover from this catastrophe.
At this time, Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties are eligible for both Individual and Public Assistance. Additional counties, including Hudson and Essex, are still being surveyed for damages and may be declared eligible later this week. Public Assistance will allow our state, county, and local governments to recoup expenses incurred for the disaster and seek reimbursement for losses.
Individual Assistance for Passaic and Bergen Residents
As part of the Major Disaster Declaration, individuals in Passaic and Bergen counties are now eligible to apply for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, together with other serious disaster related expenses.
Learn more and apply now for Individual Assistance at: disasterassistance.gov (español )
You may also call the FEMA application phone number at: 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The FEMA phone lines are extremely busy - it is recommended that you use the online resources if possible.
You can always reach me and my staff in Washington at 202-225-5751 or New Jersey at 973-523-5152 for any assistance or further guidance. Remember, my door is always open to you. We are all in this together.
Bill Pascrell Jr.
Member of Congress
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