TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — FEMA has approved a Major Disaster Declaration for six counties in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. The declaration allows individuals in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties to register for direct assistance for Ida-related recovery.
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“Many residents of our state are facing a long road ahead as they recover from Ida,” Governor Murphy said. “I am very grateful to the Biden Administration and FEMA for their swift approval of the Major Disaster Declaration for six of our counties. I urge residents and business owners in those counties to visit FEMA’s website and begin the application process. We also urge residents outside of the six counties to register their information at nj.gov/ida so that we can be ready to get dollars into the hands of additional New Jerseyans as soon as we are able.”
NEW: We just received a Major Disaster Declaration for in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties.
We will now have access to essential federal support to help New Jerseyans recover from Tropical Storm Ida.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) September 6, 2021READ MORE: Man Shot At Least 8 Times In Strawberry Mansion Left In Critical Condition, Police Say
New Jersey has also launched a data collection portal to gather data from those impacted outside of the six counties where the disaster declaration was issued.
FEMA and the state will continue to survey the damage in other counties and the state portal will help ensure the damages across all counties in the Garden State are evaluated for potential FEMA assistance.
Residents will have to record basic information including name, location, damages and cost in the state portal.
“I applaud the extraordinary efforts of FEMA for their continued support to the residents of New Jersey that are recovering from Tropical Storm Ida,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “This Major Disaster Declaration and data collection portal will expedite the recovery process and aid us in our effort to become a more resilient state as we build our communities back.”
Last week, remnants of Ida tore through the Philadelphia region, leaving behind destruction from multiple tornadoes and flooding from torrential rains. An EF-3 tornado left devastation throughout Gloucester County and residents in Mullica Hill were floored by the generosity as cleanup is underway.MORE NEWS: Delaware Gov. John Carney Requests Disaster Declaration From President Joe Biden Due Damaged Caused By Ida
Residents in the six counties included in the declaration can register here.