- FEMA assistance
Regardless of whether they’ve returned, Atlantic City residents seeking assistance can call 800-621-FEMA, go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or go to FEMA’s mobile site m.fema.gov
Relief workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have arrived in Atlantic City to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
It is unclear how long FEMA will stay. First the agency has to figure out what the city needs most and where to set up disaster recovery centers.
In the days ahead, they’ll tour the city with officials and start walking around neighborhoods to let people know how to register until those centers open, spokeswoman Robin Smith said Thursday.
Fewer than 8,000 of nearly 40,000 city residents did not evacuate during Hurricane Sandy, according to statistics from the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
Travel restrictions in place since the storm have prevented or severely limited evacuees from coming back.
Residents also can contact their insurance company and arrange for an adjuster prior to their return. Once they do, they should immediately take pictures before starting any cleanup, Smith said.
FEMA programs help pay for alternate housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable, supplement income lost or compromised due to the disaster, and other assistance to help people recover, she said.
So far, 20 FEMA teams have arrived in New Jersey, with more on the way, Smith said.
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 10:38 am
Updated: 8:23 am, Sun Nov 4, 2012.
Relief workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency canvassed Atlantic City neighborhoods Thursday to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
It is unclear why FEMA started work in Atlantic City before officials rescind mandatory evacuation orders that cleared out local casino guests and workers, plus all but about 7,500 of nearly 40,000 residents. Most evacuees have since been prevented or severely limited from returning by travel restrictions still in place.
Region II Spokesman Dick Gifford said he would provide information on strategy and other details, including how the agency expects to say and the timing and specifics of available aid for residents, later today.
The agency asks that anyone seeking assistance contact 1-800-621-FEMA or go online disasterassistance.gov
Thursday, November 1, 2012 10:38 am.
Updated: 8:23 am.