In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the following storm that hit the east coast area recently, many local small businesses have been impacted and may be in need of recovery assistance. Below are helpful links to get the information and help you may need as a small business owner if your business was damaged or interrupted as a result of these storms.
For those impacted by Hurricane Sandy: Provides guidelines, forms and links to help register for assistance with FEMA, find out about shelters, housing and other aid, search for FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in your area, receive answers to question in the FAQs section, and more.
Help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster. Reduce paperwork and time required to apply for aid, check progress of your application, get latest news on declared disasters and information about federal disaster recovery centers, shelter, food, water, medical and relocation services. Learn about how to apply for help from 17 government agencies, apply for help from FEMA; research Small Business Administration loans, continue Social Security benefits, find local resources and more. Check the “Contact Us” and “FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)” sections for additional useful information.
2012 Hurricane and Tropical Storm Recovery Assistance Information (http://www.sba.gov/content/2012-hurricane-and-tropical-storm-recovery-assistance-information)
Information about SBA’s response to the 2012 hurricane and tropical storm season. Includes state-specific links for disaster help, updates from the SBA about Hurricane Sandy, small business loan programs, procurement opportunities and more. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit www.sba.gov/disaster or call our disaster assistance center at 1-800-659-2955.
State of New Jersey
Hurricane Sandy Web Page: (http://www.njeda.com/web/Aspx_pg/Templates/Npic_Text2.aspx?Doc_Id=1820&topid=1561&midid=1562)
NJ Office of Emergency Management Web Page: (http://www.ready.nj.gov/ ) Updates and information about Hurricane Sandy.
NJ Dept. of Workforce Development/ Flyer: (http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/pdfs/sandy/Sandy-businesses.pdf) Contact information for filing for unemployment insurance in New Jersey, finding temporary work locations and workers, county business representatives and more.
- Somerset County Website: http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/emergencyinfo.html
- News: FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in the Somerset County Human Services Building at 27 Warren St., Somerville, NJ 08876 Open Mon. through Sun., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., until further notice. The center will assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Residents may also apply for FEMA assistance by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by visiting www.disasterAssistance.gov. For the mobile site, visit http://m.fema.gov/
- Hunterdon County Website: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/