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Superstorm Sandy assistance

Help resources and contact information

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, individuals who are trapped or need emergency assistance should call 9-1-1. For other information, including road closures, transit information, and shelter locations, the best number to call is 2-1-1. Power companies are working to restore electricity, but it will be a long process before everyone has their power back. Notify your power company immediately of any outages and keep in touch until your power is restored.

AC Electric: 1-800-833-7476, www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/emergency , and @ACElecConnect on Twitter

Vineland Municipal Utilities: 1-856-794-4280, http://www.vinelandcity.org/Electric/VMEUsite

The Red Cross is working closely with local, state, and federal emergency management teams to provide shelters throughout New Jersey.  To find a Red Cross shelter operating in your community, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or check online at http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/.

The Federal Government has a website that allows people to apply for assistance online: http://www.disasterassistance.gov

This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration.  The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply, and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.

If you want to apply by phone rather than the Internet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

Insurance Claims

We heard an unconfirmed report on 10/31 that the Governor's office insists that insurance companies should not invoke hurricane provisions and restrictions to the claims settlement process because this was a tropical storm by the time it hit New Jersey.

Tax filing deadline extended

The IRS extended the deadline for filing of all tax returns that were due on October 31 for people affected by the storm. This is an automatic relief so the taxpayer does not need to do anything to  qualify for the extension. The extension applies to regular tax returns and 2011 federal income tax returns that were already on extension.

The IRS has not postponed the due dates for regular federal tax deposits. However, the IRS notes that if taxpayers or tax practitioners receive a penalty notice for this period, they can contact the IRS at the number on the notice to request penalty abatement due to reasonable cause on account of the storm.

The IRS expects to issue additional filing and payment relief After the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issues disaster declarations for the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Details will be posted on the Tax Relief in Disaster Situations page on IRS.gov. Contact Tony Novak, CPA or see IR-2012-82 with any specific questions about how the relief provisions may be applied.

Media

Some storm damage photos are available from https://plus.google.com/photos/106761422454643124222/albums/5805792621325747089  that may be used without permission for reporting or insurance claims. A short video of storm cleanup efforts is available on request.

 

 

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