Disaster Contacts for New Jersey Residents

Senator Frank Lautenberg has provided a list of contacts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Anywhere from PSE&G, to FEMA,(federal assistance,) the numbers are listed below.

Please also be aware that you need to call “211” NOT “911” in the event of trees down, gas problems, and questions about roads and electricity outages.

For real emergencies only, call ‘911″

Here is the message from Sen. Lautenberg:

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, individuals who are trapped or need emergency assistance should call 9-1-1.  

For other information, including road closures, transit information, and shelter locations, the best number to call is 2-1-1.

Power companies are working to restore electricity, but it will be a long process before everyone has their power back.  Notify your power company immediately of any outages and keep in touch until your power is restored.

  • PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734, www.pseg.com/outagecenter , and @PSEGdelivers on Twitter. [If you get a busy signal try again 5 minutes later. Editor’s note. You can also give them your email address and receive an alert once your service is back on.]
  • JCP&L: 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or 1-800-545-7738, www.jcp-l.com , and @JCP_L on Twitter
  • Rockland Electric Company: 1-877-434-4100, www.oru.com , and @ORUConnect on Twitter
  • The Red Cross is working closely with local, state, and federal emergency management teams to provide shelters throughout New Jersey.  To find a Red Cross shelter operating in your community, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or check online at http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/ .
  • President Obama acted quickly to issue Major Disaster Declarations for many New Jersey counties suffering damage from Hurricane Sandy, and I have requested that all counties in our state receive the designation.
  • This makes New Jersey residents eligible for a number of Federal disaster relief programs that offer grants and loans to individuals and loans to businesses.

The Federal Government has a website that allows people to apply for assistance online: http://www.disasterassistance.gov .

This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration.  The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply, and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.

If you want to apply by phone rather than the Internet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

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