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Is there Hurricane Sandy relief for people outside the storm zone? For instance, I work remotely for a company in New Jersey whose offices were damaged by the storm. As a result, my paychecks have been stalled for a couple of weeks. I was told today there’s no timeline for when paychecks may start flowing again, due to power losses, Internet problems, etc. Is there any relief for a person like me? Bills are coming due. Paychecks are not coming.

If the company you work for is a small business, make sure they know that there are loans available to businesses in disaster areas.

You can also check to see if you qualify for disaster assistance.

Regarding your upcoming bills, be sure to communicate your situation to the companies you owe money to as soon as possible. Don’t wait for bills to be late. Companies may appreciate it if you can only pay a portion of the bill. A letter from your employer explaining the situation could possibly be of use.

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