Breaking News: FEMA aid now available in Hudson

Federal disaster assistance is now available in all 21 New Jersey counties that suffered damages during Hurricane Irene.

Initially, Hudson County was not on the list, but that has been amended following new damage assessments requested by the state, and conducted by local officials, representatives of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Residents who may be eligible for individual assistance grants should register with FEMA as soon as possible,” said William L. Vogel, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer in New Jersey.

To register for assistance, flood survivors should call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for people with speech and hearing disabilities (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time. Residents may also register online anytime at

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