Mayor Bhalla encourages residents with flood damage to apply for FEMA relief

Residents invited to Resilient Buildings Workshop

Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines can be found on the city's website
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Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines can be found on the city's website

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla encourages residents who suffered flood damage due to Tropical Storm Ida to apply for the federal disaster assistance they need to continue their recovery efforts.

During Tropical Storm Ida, Hoboken flooded with 150 million gallons of water, causing costly damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Now, residents can apply for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“If you suffered damage due to Tropical Storm Ida, I strongly encourage you to submit an application for FEMA disaster assistance as soon as possible,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “Many Hoboken residents and businesses suffered tremendous damage and I am grateful that our community is eligible to receive this crucial financial support. This funding will provide relief to our residents as they continue to recover, make home repairs, pay for temporary lodging, and more. Thank you to Governor Murphy for working with me to ensure Hudson County is on the Major Disaster Declaration list and thank you to FEMA for committing to return to Hoboken later this month to help our residents through the application process.”

FEMA representatives will be stationed at Mama Johnson Field at 4th Street and Jackson Street. on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Multi-Service Center at 124 Grand St. on Monday, Sept. 27, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help register residents for FEMA disaster assistance, check application statuses, and update applications with new information.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

When applying for assistance, residents should have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where FEMA can contact them
  • Their address at the time of the disaster and the address where they are now staying
  • Their Social Security number, if available
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

Residents with homeowners or renters insurance and/or flood insurance should file a claim with their insurance provider as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.

To further aid residents and property owners, Hoboken will host a virtual Resilient Buildings Workshop on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. to provide information on how residents can protect their buildings from flood damage and lower their flood insurance rates.

The workshop will begin with a presentation about the City’s comprehensive water management strategy to protect lives, buildings, and property against future flood damage, followed by a series of break-out sessions with vendors of resilient building products and services.

Attendees must register for the Resilient Buildings Workshop at www.hobokennj.gov/resilientbuildingsworkshop. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Mayor Bhalla also urged small business owners and nonprofits to apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding for damages they suffered due to Tropical Storm Ida through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

The Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program provides short-term, immediate August rent or mortgage reimbursement support to New Jersey small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have suffered physical damage as a result of Tropical Storm Henri and Tropical Storm Ida.

New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees are eligible to apply.

To learn more or to apply by the Sept. 24 deadline, go to www.njeda.com/henri-ida-grant.

For more information about FEMA disaster assistance, small business assistance, storm recovery building permits, Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines, and more, go to www.hobokennj.gov/ida.

 

To learn about Hoboken’s efforts to mitigate rainfall flooding and combat climate change, go to www.hobokennj.gov.