Family Support and Resources
Tenafly Public Schools is committed to supporting our families and community during times of need. Resources are available year-round as needed. Additional resources and information will be shared as they become available.
Families Affected by Hurricane Ida
For New Jersey residents living in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties, individuals can apply for assistance through FEMA the following ways:
• The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting disasterassistance.gov/ or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
• If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.
New Jersey residents who live outside the affected counties are encouraged to continue reporting damage (residential structures only, no vehicles) from Ida as damage assessments are ongoing. Information collected in this portal will help local, state, and federal authorities better understand the location and severity of damage impacts. The NJOEM Public Damage Reporting portal is located at https://damagenj-njoem.hub.arcgis.com.
For additional information:
- Fact Sheet: Individual Assistance Program
- Fact Sheet: Individuals and Households Program
- FEMA Help After Disaster
- Help with FEMA Application and Hurrican IDA Home Cleanup Hotline
NJ 211 provides live assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our services are free, confidential and multilingual. There are several ways to reach us: By phone (simply dial 2-1-1); via text (send your zip code to 898-211); email (firstname.lastname@example.org); or chat with us online. Whichever method you choose, you will be communicating with a community resource specialist who has been educated about federal, state and local systems created to help people who are struggling. Our specialists have access to a resource database of over 8,800 community programs and services that assist people who need help with life's most basic needs... things like food, utilities, affordable housing, rental assistance, mental and physical health, substance use disorders, child care, senior needs, legal assistance, transportation, disability services and so much more.
NJ 211 also serves as the State Homeless Hotline and New Jersey's Utility Assistance Hotline. Most recently, we were asked to support the NJ Department of Health by serving as the number to call when looking for general information about state directives and services related to Covid-19.
211 is a universally respected and growing national model. More than 14.3 million 211 connections to help were made in 2017. Today 94 percent of people living in the US have access to 211 services.
- NJBPU encourages anyone who is behind on their bills to contact their gas and electric company to set up a deferred payment arrangement. The State of New Jersey through the NJBPU and the Department of Community Affairs have several programs available to help families in need. For complete details, read the attached letter from the State of New Jersey.