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Need FEMA Help? Register Now

Homeowners with damaged property from Hurricane Sandy have 60 days to register for assistance.

As the full extent of Hurricane Sandy's impact is still being uncovered, residents who lost homes or have suffered damage to them may apply to FEMA for help right now.

Registering your claim can be done online or by phone, and the process takes about 25-30 minutes, officials say.

The website is www.disasterassistance.gov. You can apply via your smartphone as well at m.fema.gov. To apply by phone, call 1-800-621-3362. People with speech or hearing disabilities should call 1-800-462-7585.

According to Scott Sanders, a FEMA spokesman, you have 60 days from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for help. For New Jersey residents, this means you have until Saturday, Dec. 29 -- 60 days from the date the disaster declaration was made, on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

In addition to assistance with the costs of repairing or replacing homes -- FEMA's website notes it is secondary coverage to homeowner's insurance -- FEMA provides rental assistance as well.

There is information you need when you apply for assistance. According to the FEMA website, www.disasterassistance.gov, you should have the following information available:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Insurance information -- the type of insurance you have.
  • Your annual gross income.
  • Contact information where they can reach you, especially if you are displaced

You also must fill out and sign a Declaration and Release Form (OMB form 009-0-3), and send it to:

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program

National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

Or fax it to: 1-800-827-8112

Many towns will be holding information sessions with FEMA representatives in the coming days.

Celeste Bateman November 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Good luck using that number for FEMA. I promise you, you will get the run-around. :-(
Reality Check November 04, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Well you can be sure it will be closed down if Romney wins. You will die under a disaster under a Romney administration unless you are rich or Mormon guaranteed.
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 10:18 PM
When did you ever the Government on the phone in less than 30 minutes ?
Tara Daks November 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I used the FEMA number last year for Hurricane Irene and it was 1-2-3, believe it or not. I was shocked at how easy and efficient they run everything, I received monetary aid within that week for my basement flooding.
Ross Morrissey November 05, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Reality Check - I think you need a reality check...

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