Somerset County Gets Federal Disaster Declaration
Residents Can Start Registering With FEMA
Somerset County is part of the Presidential disaster declaration issued yesterday for a
number of New Jersey counties impacted by Hurricane Irene.
“This is good news for residents of Manville, Bound Brook, Somerville and other
communities in Somerset County who sustained damage from the weekend storm,” said
Freeholder Director Robert Zaborowski. “We encourage all eligible residents to start the
FEMA application process as soon as they can.”
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can
begin applying for assistance today by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by
web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use
TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS),
call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Preliminary estimates show that some 3,400 homes and about 250 businesses in
Somerset County sustained storm damage. Towns hardest hit were Manville, Bound Brook
Other counties where residents are eligible for individual assistance from FEMA are
Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic. For more information, visit the FEMA website at