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Recovery Resources in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Updated April 1, 2013

 

This page is intended to keep you and your business up to date with recovery information and resources in the wake of the storm.

To start, if you have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy in any way and you are not sure whom to contact, call the N.J. Chamber of Commerce at our Trenton office (609) 989-7888.

For any general business questions, contact New Jersey's Business Action Center (BAC) at 1-866-534-7789.

For a comprehensive list of the state's resources available to you, click here. For information geared specifically to New Jersey businesses, click here.

 

Disaster Assistance

Governor Chris Christie announced on November 4 that the federal government has extended public assistance to all 21 counties in New Jersey as a result of the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now accepting applications from residents and business owners. Register online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance, under FEMA, is now available for people in New Jersey, including the self-employed, who are out of work as a direct result of the damages caused by the storm. For information, click here.

 

Loans

For assistance with business loans, contact the New Jersey Economic Development Authority at (609) 777-4898, or contact your bank. If you have any problems or issues, call the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce at (609) 989-7888.

The New Jersey EDA is offering guarantees of up to $500,000 for commercial lines of credit to businesses that need access to cash to improve their damaged property while awaiting insurance proceeds, with all EDA fees waived. For more information, click here.

 

Clean Up

State Senate President Steve Sweeney has partnered with the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council to implement a hotline that homeowners and business owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy can call to request clean-up assistance from qualified tradesmen and women. That telephone number is (732) 499-0100.

 

Help for Small Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering the following loans in the wake of the storm:

Physical Disaster Loans (new deadline – May 1, 2013) of up to $2 million to businesses and private nonprofit organization to restore or replace damaged property to the condition it was in before the disaster.  For more information, call 1-800-659-2955 or click here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (deadline – July 31, 2013) of up to $2 million to small businesses  or private nonprofit organizations  for economic injury due to the storm, regardless of physical damage, to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.  For more information, call 1-800-659-2955 or click here.

 

The SBA has opened Business Recovery Centers throughout the state:

 

Atlantic County
Richard Stockton College
Small Business Development Center
35 South Martin Luther King Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 

Bergen County
Bergen Community College
Small Business Development Center
355 Main Street, Room 121
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cape May County
Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
13 Crest Haven Road
Cape May, NJ 08210
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Essex County
Rutgers University
Small Business Development Center
25 James Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hudson County
New Jersey City University
Small Business Development Center
285 West Side Avenue
Suites 189-191
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

Middlesex County
John F. Kennedy Library
500 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monmouth County
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Bankier Library, Room 246 (SBDC)
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

Ocean County
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
West Bay Avenue
Manahawkin, N.J. 08050
(Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Passaic County
William Paterson University
Small Business Development Center
131 Ellison Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Union County
Kean University – SBDC
Business One-Stop Service
The Incubator
320 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

 

 

2% Storm Recovery Loans through UCEDC – this statewide economic development corporation is offering working capital loans up to $25,000 at only 2% for five years to meet the needs of small businesses impacted by Sandy. Proceeds can be used to cover costs associated with physical or economic damage (business interruption, etc.) due to the storm. No collateral is required and a decision will be made within two weeks of receiving a complete application. For more information, call (908) 527-1166 or click here.

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Helpline

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has set up a Help Desk line for businesses that need help or have questions. That number is (888) 692-4943.

 

Hurricane Relief Fund

To donate to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund organized by Gov. Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie, click here.

 

Other Important Phone Numbers

  • To report life-threatening infrastructure problems, call (609) 963-6810.
  • To volunteer time or resources, call 1-800-Jersey7 (537-7397).
  • For the federal government's Disaster Distress help line providing 24/7 crisis counseling and support resources, call 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUS to 66746.

 

Other Important Web Resources:

  • For FEMA disaster assistance, click here.
  • For information about avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning, click here.
  • For additional information on hurricane assistance and recovery - including lists of shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens - click here.
  • For employment opportunities at the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordination Group - click here.

 

"We've got a big task ahead of us that we have to do together. This is the kind of thing New Jerseyans are built for - we're plenty tough." - Gov. Chris Christie

 

Our thoughts here at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Sandy and we stand ready to help our members in any way we can. If you have problems or questions that we may be able to assist with, please call our office at (609) 989-7888. We will continue to update this page with recovery information.