TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – FEMA has approved a major disaster declaration for six counties in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday. The declaration allows individuals in the counties of Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset to register for direct assistance to Ida-related recovery.
Home repairs, temporary housing, cheap loans and other programs are among the assistance available to help residents recover.
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“Many residents of our state are facing a long road ahead as they recover from Ida,” Governor Murphy said. “I am very grateful to the Biden administration and FEMA for their speedy approval of the major disaster declaration for six of our counties. I encourage residents and business owners in these counties to visit the FEMA website and begin the application process. We also encourage residents outside the six counties to register their information on nj.gov/ida so we can be ready to get dollars in the hands of additional New Jerseyans as soon as we can. ”
NEW: We have just received a major disaster declaration for counties in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset.
We now have access to significant federal support to help New Jersey citizens recover from Tropical Storm Ida.
– Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) September 6, 2021
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New Jersey has also launched one data collection portal to collect data from those affected outside the six counties where the disaster declaration was issued.
FEMA and the state will continue to investigate the damage in other counties, and the state portal will help ensure that the damage across all counties in the garden state is assessed for possible FEMA assistance.
Residents will need to register basic information, including name, location, damages and costs in the state portal.
“I commend the extraordinary efforts of FEMA for their continued support of the people of New Jersey who are recovering from Tropical Storm Ida,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of New Jersey State Police. “This great disaster declaration and data collection portal will accelerate the recovery process and help us in our efforts to become a more resilient state as we rebuild our society.”
Last week, the remains of Ida struck through the Philadelphia region, leaving devastation from several tornadoes and flooding from heavy rains. An EC-3 tornado left devastation throughout Gloucester County, and residents of Mullica Hill were floored by the generosity as cleanup is underway.
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Residents of the six counties included in the declaration can register here.