People who suffered property damage during Hurricane Sandy have until midnight Jan. 30 to apply for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration.

People who have sustained a loss due to Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA assistance may include grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. The SBA can also provide low interest loans for businesses and property damage. Residents can register with FEMA at, via smartphone or tablet at, or through the 24-hour numbers 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585

A FEMA Language Assistance Line is available for those who need interpretation services in languages other than English or Spanish at 866-333-1796.

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The quickest way to apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan is to fill out an online application at

For additional information on SBA, contact the customer service center by calling 800-659-2955 (for people who are deaf or hard of hearing TTY 800-877-8339), emailing

For additional information, affected survivors may visit a disaster recovery center. In Atlantic County there are two centers open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are located at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and behind the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

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