More than a month after Ida, FEMA teams coming back to Bayonne

Mayor James Davis said all who were affected can still apply for assistance

FEMA representatives assist residents outside the Bayonne Public Library in September following Hurricane Ida.
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FEMA representatives assist residents outside the Bayonne Public Library in September following Hurricane Ida.

Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are coming back to Bayonne to help residents affected by Hurricane Ida to apply for federal assistance, according to Mayor James Davis.

“Although Tropical Storm Ida was more than a month ago, I have been working with the Office of Emergency Management and FEMA to ensure our residents get the financial assistance they need to rebuild,” Davis said.

Getting federal assistance

This including having FEMA representatives survey the initial damage in the immediate aftermath of the storm in the city on Sept. 7. Following that, FEMA canvass teams arrive in Bayonne on Sept. 15 to meet with residents affected by Ida.

For the rest of September, these FEMA teams were stationed in Bayonne to help residents start the process to get much-needed federal assistance. Most recently, a Mobile Resource Team was in front of the Bayonne Public Library on Avenue C. Prior to that, teams had been helping residents at sites across the city including Dennis Collins Park.

At the start of October, the teams were no longer in Bayonne and by Oct. 12, the countywide FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Secaucus had closed. But now, those FEMA teams may soon make a return to the Peninsula City this month.

Back in Bayonne?

“I am currently working on getting FEMA teams back in Bayonne for the next couple of weeks so that any resident that needs to file can do so,” Davis said. “We should see them set up at the Bayonne Community Museum very soon.”

Davis said to keep an eye on the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management social media and the city’s website at bayonnenj.org for any announcements regarding the return of the teams.

Residents don’t need to apply for assistance in person. They can go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or can call 1-800-621-3362.

“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.”

Home repair and rebuilding advice

Meanwhile, a separate team will be in the city until the end of November at the Lowe’s at 400 Bayonne Crossing Way, according to FEMA.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available to answer questions, offer home improvement tips with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters, and to offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes.

Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared for “do-it-yourself” work and general contractors. Recovery topics to be covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

The site opened on Oct. 15 and will run through Nov. 5, from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. Assistance is available for residents daily, except for Wednesdays.

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