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Monmouth County officials met with representatives from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today and now has preliminary information for residents about emergency disaster claims.

The county received a presidential declaration for individual or public assistance yesterday.
Monmouth County has been approved for both individual and public assistance by FEMA.

Monmouth County residents and small businesses are now eligible to apply for different types of federal assistance, including temporary housing, repair, replacement or other needs such as Disaster Unemployment Assistance, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

Public assistance eligibility for all 21 counties allows state, eligible local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations to apply for federal funding on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Survivors of Hurricane Sandy in every New Jersey county who suffered damage should apply for disaster assistance with FEMA, even if they have insurance or aren’t sure they are eligible.

Register by telephone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven days a week, from6 a.m.to1 a.m.Help in other languages is available. Or, you can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.You can also apply through a Web-enabled mobile device or smart phone by visiting m.fema.gov and following the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

“Monmouth County was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and the damage to many residences and businesses was extensive,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management. “This is also good news for the county itself, which has already spent considerable time and money preparing for and responding to damage caused by the storm.”