Mayor Advises Residents to Deal Only With Genuine FEMA Officials

Mayor Mark A. Smith reminded residents who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy to file with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by the deadline date of December 31, 2012. He also urged residents to deal only with genuine FEMA representatives.

Mayor Smith said, “There have been reports of people posing as FEMA employees making unannounced, unscheduled visits to homes in our area at night. Please be aware that genuine FEMA representatives are not doing cold, door-to-door visits at night or at any other time. FEMA agents visit individual residential properties only by appointment, and only in response to registrations with that agency.” He continued, “Genuine FEMA representatives always carry federal identification. If a suspicious person comes to your door posing as a FEMA agent or any other sort of government official, please call the Bayonne Police Department at once. The main police phone number is 201-858-6900. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.”

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Bayonne is located at the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway (corner of 9th Street). That center is open Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are now closed on Sundays. To contact FEMA by phone, please call 1-800-621-3362. You can apply on-line for FEMA assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov. On your smartphone or other mobile device, you may reach FEMA at m.fema.gov/.

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