Middlesex County residents affected by Hurricane Sandy have until 11:59 p.m., tonight [Wednesday, May 1st], to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and return their disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. SBA applicants are not obligated to accept a loan; HOWEVER, completing the application may lead to additional FEMA assistance. It is not necessary to wait for an insurance claim determination to apply for an SBA disaster loan, which may help if applicants later find they are underinsured.

More information can be obtained by calling 1-800-621-3362, going on line at or visiting the Long Term Recovery Center at 423 Main Street, Sayreville. Please help spread the word to family and friends.