The deadline for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to apply for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been extended to April 1. Gov. Chris Christie's office announced Thursday.
The extension applies for homeowner, renter, and business registration with the Small Business Administration for Disaster Loan Assistance, according to a release.
The disaster aid application deadline has been extended multiple times as New Jersey continues to rebuild following Sandy.
"This 30-day extension will help us ensure that anyone who has been affected by Sandy gets the help they need and deserve," Christie said in a release. "It’s vitally important for people to know that the process of receiving any type of federal disaster assistance – including future grant assistance for homeowners and businesses – begins with registering as a disaster survivor with FEMA and working with a coordinator to determine eligibility for relief."
In addition to the April 1 application deadline, businesses also have until July 31 to apply for SBA economic injury disaster loans.
Homeowners, renters, and business owners are encouraged to register with both FEMA and the SBA to ensure their eligibility for aid going forward.
Sandy survivors also can register by phone or 711/VRS by calling 800-621-3362, TTY800-462-7585.
FEMA disaster assistance can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance, according to a release.