HURRICANE IRENE RESULTS IN $200 MILLION IN FEDERAL AID

Federal assistance in New Jersey has topped $200 million from Hurricane Irene. FEMA officials made the announcement on Thursday. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and FEMA provided the following summary of assistance as of Oct. 26:

– 43,816 registrations have been approved for federal assistance, averaging more than 780 households per day since the disaster declaration on August 31.

– Nearly $134 million in Housing Assistance for housing-related needs and repairs.

– More than $11 million in Other Needs Assistance for other necessary expenses and serious needs (i.e. personal property, transportation, medical and dental expenses, eye glass replacement, funeral and burial expenses).

– More than $57 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to nearly 1,400 households and businesses. The average amount per household is nearly $37,000.

– More than $11,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been given to those whose work has been interrupted by the disaster.

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