Below is a copy of an email I received from Senator Lautenberg related to Federal Disaster Assistance. Please note that it includes a link to a website set up by the federal government to simplify applying for disaster assistance; and a link to contact the Senator directly:
"I am writing because you have corresponded with me in the past, and I want to provide you with a critical update on Federal Government disaster assistance that is available for New Jersey residents harmed by Hurricane Irene. If you yourself have not suffered damage, please forward this information to any family or friends who may need assistance.
Yesterday, President Obama issued a Major Disaster Declaration for damage resulting from Hurricane Irene in our state, which makes many New Jersey residents eligible for a number of Federal disaster relief programs. These programs offer grants and loans to individuals and loans to businesses.
The Federal Government has set up a website that allows people to apply online for assistance: http://www.disasterassistance.gov
This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.
If you want to apply by phone rather than the Internet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).
While the damage suffered across New Jersey is devastating, I know our state can rebound quickly. Federal aid will play a crucial role in our recovery, so please take advantage of the resources available. Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime regarding this or other issues.
Frank R Lautenberg
If you have suffered losses from the hurricane, please take advantage of the government assistance available. The first step is going to the website http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
If you need help navigating the website, you can leave a request or a comment here; we will do our best to get you whatever help you need.