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Storm Resources for New Jersey Businesses and Residents

Posted by jpodolsky on November 2, 2012 - 1:10pm


Here you will find resources to help you through the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Also, please check out this list of resources compiled by Newark Public Library, as well as the State of New Jersey's Hurricane Sandy Information Center page.

Click here for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Hurricane Sandy resource page.

Important Contacts:

  • To report life-threatening infrastructure problems, call (609) 963-6810.
  • To volunteer time or resources, call 1-800-Jersey7 (537-7397) or email
  • For business questions, call the Business Action Center at (866) 534-7789.
  • For FEMA disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
  • If you are in need of help, but you are unsure of where to turn, dial 2-1-1 or visit for a database of local resources.
  • Only call 911 for serious emergencies and injuries. Residents are urged to call local police non-emergency phone numbers for other various needs, or simply dial 2-1-1
  • Get instant warnings, alerts, and important information from your local NJ police department by receiving text or email Nixle alerts. You can sign up here.
  • Visit for the latest updates and alerts issued by the state and the NJOEM (New Jersey Office of Emergency Management).
  • For transportation information including road and tunnel closures/ openings, dial 5-1-1 or visit
  • Click here to find a local Red Cross shelter near you.
  • For general questions or complaints related to insurance, contact the Department of Banking and Insurance at 800-446-7467, 609-292-7272 or
  • For HUD guidance or assistance, call (973) 776-7201. For fair housing or disability access issues, call (800) 496-4294.

Web Resources:

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management — Residents can follow the New Jersey OEM’s alerts and updates which offer important information for those seeking shelter and additional information about conditions. The organization is also keeping residents informed through its Twitter account. There is also a list to county OEMs that residents can contact if necessary.

American Red Cross, North Jersey Region — The northern New Jersey chapter of the American Red Cross has shelters open for residents in need of assistance.

American Red Cross of Central New Jersey — The Princeton-based chapter of the American Red Cross may be able to provide assistance to those impacted in the central part of the state. Call 609-951-8550 to reach the organization.

American Red Cross South Jersey Region — For residents in the southern portion of the state, there are five chapters of the Red Cross available.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance-
If you are unemployed because of the disaster that began on Oct. 28, you should FIRST file for unemployment insurance benefits through the Internet by going to
The Internet processes claims faster. However, if needed, people may also file a claim by telephone by contacting the state Department of Labor’s Re-employment Call Centers at:
North Jersey - (201) 601-4100
Central Jersey - (732) 761-2020
South Jersey - (856) 507-2340

*Update: The deadline for filing unemployment claims resulting from Hurricane Sandy ahs been extended to February 2013. Click here for the full story from the Governor's office.

FEMA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be assisting those in New Jersey who were greatly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. To apply for disaster assistance, New Jersey residents and business owners can visit or visit from a smartphone. To apply over the phone, call 800-621-3362. FEMA also offers Disaster Recovery Centers for victims of storms.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Disaster assistance and emergency relief for individuals and businesses.  Individuals in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.

JCP&L — Jersey Central Power & Light has online form for customers to report power outages. Customers with downed power lines or other hazardous situations should call 888-544-4877 immediately. JCP&L customers can check the utility’s outage map and follow its Twitter account for updates.

PSE&G — PSE&G customers who are registered users of My Account can report a power outage online. All customers can call 800-436-PSEG (7734) to report outages. The utility offers an outage map and updates through its website and Twitter account.

New Jersey Business Action Center - One stop business portal for businesses in New Jersey. If, due to the storm, you are unable get answers to everyday questions you may have, check out their webiste and see if you can get the information you need there. Information about:  financial solutions, tax center, licensing and permits, starting a business and more. Call the Business Action Center at (866) 534-7789 if you cannot find what you need.

NJ Transit — Please visit NJ Transit's hurricane service update page for the most current information. Their transit system recovery map can be found here.

*Update Monday November 19- All but one NJ TRANSIT rail lines fully or partially restored. Read more here.

Ocean County Public LIbrary - Disaster Recovery and the Arts: A resource list for local creators and cultural institutions.

U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster loan information. SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

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Here is a good article from Fox Business Center that discusses where Small Businesses can go for help after Hurricane Sandy.

Tips for Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses from the South Brunswick Patch.

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