The Federal Government has approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Middlesex County NJ and made assistance available for Perth Amboy residents through FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the IDA storm disaster. Residents of Perth Amboy can apply for assistance at:, by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or through the FEMA mobile app.

Other important information

Cleaning After a Flood

Keep children, pets and people with compromised immune systems away until the area has been cleaned and disinfected.

Use protective eyewear and waterproof gloves and boots when cleaning or coming in contact with sewage.

Remove standing shallow water. Make sure to dry all objects and surfaces thoroughly to avoid mold growth.

Deep water and extensive flood damage may require professional cleanup and restoration.

Throw away any food (including packaged food) that may have been touched by sewage water.

Use soap and water to clean surfaces contaminated with sewage.

To disinfect, wipe surfaces with a bleach solution (half cup bleach in one gallon of water). Non-bleach sanitizers can also be used.

WARNING: Never mix bleach with ammonia or detergents containing ammonia products since dangerous gases may be created. Bleach can damage some materials, so use with caution.

Wash clothes, bedding and other fabrics contaminated with sewage with detergent and water. Dry them thoroughly. Dry clean items that cannot be washed.

Prevent Mold Growth

Remove all wet, porous materials.
Fix leaks or report them to your building owner as soon as possible.
Use dehumidifiers if available. If the power is out, open windows for ventilation.