The information found on this webpage is for those individuals and families in communities across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were impacted and/or displaced by Hurricane Maria and are now living in New Jersey.
All individuals from Puerto Rico who have been impacted or displaced due to Hurricane Maria must register with FEMA by June 18, 2018, in order to be eligible to receive any benefits or assistance.
FEMA is no longer accepting applications from those individuals from the U.S. Virgin Islands who were impacted by Hurricane Maria as of January 8, 2018.
FEMA Information & Assistance
Apply for Assistance
- The first step that all individuals and families impacted need to take is to register for assistance with FEMA. Registering online is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.
- Apply for Assistance (click on the blue icon that says "Apply Online". It is located below the zip code Look-up bar) or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
Find Assistance Now
Once you have registered with FEMA, there are several places to turn for assistance with basic needs.
For assistance with multiple needs:
- Contact 2-1-1 at any time of day. We are always open. You can reach us by dialing 2-1-1; text your zip code to 898-211; or chat with us online.
- Catholic Charities of Camden is also providing assistance with basic needs to individuals residing in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, and Salem Counties only. You can contact their Hurricane Maria Relief Hotline at 856.342.4073 or by emailing them at email@example.com.
- The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development is available to assist eligible evacuees in finding food, employment, child care and other resources for unmet needs but you must apply for this assistance. Find links for this kind of help on their website. Find the application location nearest you.
- You can also find additional assistance and resources in our NJ 2-1-1 Hurricane Maria Evacuee Resource Guide.
For temporary shelter:
- FEMA is offering the Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program to Puerto Ricans who are unable to return to their homes because they are displaced as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Transitional Sheltering Assistance allows eligible applicants to shelter in a FEMA approved hotel or motel, for a limited period of time, as a bridge to immediate and longer-term housing solutions. FEMA pays all costs for rooms and taxes only, through direct payments to participating hotels and motels. FEMA is available 24/7, toll-free at 800.621.3362. To find a shelter, visit the FEMA Evacuee Hotels website to find a lit of currently operating shelters.
Help with emergency prescriptions and durable medical equipment
- Available through Express Scripts once you qualify for assistance.
Download the FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices.
- Receive alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations.
- Get safety reminders, read tips to survive natural disasters, and customize your emergency checklist.
- Locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA representatives in person (or on the phone).
- Upload and share your disaster photos to help first responders.
Local Recovery Events
Individuals and families who were impacted or displaced due to Hurricane Maria and are currently residing in New Jersey and have questions on where to find assistance, what assistance is available and more should attend one of the Hurricane Maria Evacuee Information Sessions. Information Sessions provide information on what assistance is available from the state and local levels (representatives from the New Jersey Division of Family Development and local nonprofit agencies are available to answer questions and assist you with what resources are available). Representatives from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, FEMA, and the American Red Cross are also available to answer questions and provide information and resources to those who are seeking assistance. Additional information sessions are being planned for Paterson. When dates and times are confirmed, they will be listed below. Check back often for updated information.
How to Find or Reunite with Loved Ones
Following events like Hurricane Maria, we understand that communications networks are not always operational. As communications are restored, there are numerous options for survivors, friends, and family members to search for loved ones. Survivors with internet access are encouraged to connect with friends and family members via social media platforms.
The American Red Cross
- The American Red Cross Safe and Well website allows individuals to register themselves as safe or search for loved ones. The site is always available, open to the public, and available in English or Spanish.
- Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English.
- To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative who has a serious, pre-existing health or mental health condition, please contact 1-800-723-2767.
- The American Red Cross Emergency App features an 'I'm Safe' button that allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm's way. The app can be downloaded for free in app stores by searching for 'American Red Cross' or by texting 'GETEMERGENCY' to 90999.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Anyone who finds a child who may be separated from parents or caregivers, please contact the local police and enter basic information and/or a photo into the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 1-866-908-9570.
Donations/Give Help Now
There are several ways that you can help survivors.
- The United Way of the U.S. Virgin Islands has established a Hurricane Irma & Maria Relief Fund. Donations can be made online.
- In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has established a website whereby financial donations can be made to support recovery operations.
- When a disaster strikes in America, FEMA looks to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country. FEMA is currently seeking talented and hard-working people to support the hurricane response and recovery efforts. Find more information on joining the Hurricane Workforce.
- Volunteers Active in Disaster
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is providing immediate support to children affected by Hurricane Maria, 90% of every dollar spent goes directly to helping children.