Think FEMA Underpaid You After Sandy? Amato Says to Re-Open Claim

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BERKELEY-After Hurricane Sandy devastated large sections of Ocean County and neighborhoods in Berkeley Township, many felt they weren’t given proper treatment by FEMA.  Now, Mayor Carmen Amato said time is running out to have your claim re-examined.

“Since Superstorm Sandy hit our township, we have been dealing with its aftermath,” Amato said.  “Homeowners, at no fault of their own, have to deal with FEMA, insurance companies and other agencies to try to obtain funding to rebuild. I speak to residents on a daily basis and understand they are frustrated and suffering from Sandy fatigue from the endless paperwork and phone calls.”

FEMA would not confirm allegations of wrongdoing to Ocean County residents after Sandy, but did say, “There have been allegations that some policyholders were underpaid for their Hurricane Sandy claims and that the claims process was not effective. FEMA wants to make sure policyholders who filed Sandy claims are paid what they are owed under their policy,” in a statement.

You must request a review no later than Sept. 15, 2015.

To re-open and review your claim, call toll-free 866-337-4262.  A call center representative will ask you some questions to verify that you qualify for a review of your claim.

“The procedure for processing claims has been flawed. I am encouraging all residents to file,” Amato said.  “I want to thank Senator Menendez, Congressman MacArthur and George Kasimos, of Stop-FEMA-Now, for their efforts.”

Amato also thank U.S. Congressman Tom MacArthur for his efforts in Congress to represent Ocean County’s Sandy survivors.

Photo by Phil Stilton

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