Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has arrived in Bayonne, according to Mayor James Davis.
Following Hudson County’s addition to the agency’s major disaster declaration in the wake of Hurricane Ida, those affected by the storm are eligible for FEMA assistance.
“Our community was severely impacted by Tropical Depression Ida, and this assistance is sorely needed,” Davis said. “In order for our residents to take advantage of this opportunity, they need to register their property damage directly with FEMA.”
Residents can report damage to FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or visiting disasterassistance.gov.
“I urge all residents to apply directly to FEMA immediately,” Davis said. “Even if you have already filled out the forms we distributed locally, or if you registered on the NJ OEM portal, you must apply directly to FEMA to get assistance.”
FEMA team arrives
Davis said the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM) met with federal, state, and county officials, and arranged for a FEMA canvass team to visit the city. FEMA representatives first visited the city on Sept. 7 to survey initial damage in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
“This team will be meeting with residents who suffered storm damage,” Davis said. “I have directed our OEM team to initiate the canvassing at 1st Street and work their way uptown.”
Davis said the team, which arrived on Sept. 15, will be here for several weeks. He is also working on setting up a fixed FEMA site so residents can meet with federal representatives to start the process for assistance.
“If this fixed site gets approved, we will set it up at the 4th Street Senior Center,” Davis said. “There is an elevator in the building to make access easy.”
Dedicated site at Senior Center
The site will be on the second floor of the Bayonne Senior Citizen Center at 16 West 4th Street. Davis said that he will make another announcement when the site is officially approved and moving forward.
“I urge all affected residents to take full advantage of this assistance,” Davis said. “This funding will help us all get back on our feet after suffering damage from this historic rainfall.”
Bayonne has taken a beating from storms in recent months and is in desperate need of aid.
“We’ve experienced an unprecedented amount of rain this year, and the flooding that took place caused a great deal of damage in Bayonne,” Davis said. “As always, we are going to rebuild and come back stronger and more prepared than ever. FEMA’s financial assistance will go a long way toward speeding up our recovery, so please apply for this assistance as soon as possible.”
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