Thursday, December 20, 2012
Freehold Township, Brick Township, Brick Township Memorial Authorities all received funds.
Grants to Freehold Township aimed at alleviating cleanup costs incurred after Superstorm Sandy will total more than $4 million, federal officials announced Tuesday. According to a press release from Governor Chris Christie, FEMA has approved over $5 million in reimbursements to the New Jersey towns of Brick and Freehold Township for costs related to work performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In Freehold Township the total cost of the emergency protective measures is $1.37 million. FEMA’s share of the cost is $1.03 million. The press release further explained that Freehold Township was reimbursed for its use of cross-department personnel of police, public works, and sewage plant, as well as purchases and rented material costs …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Mobile Home Units Parked at a Great Adventure Lot Await FEMA Decision on Placement
Manufactured mobile homes, many of them three-bedroom units, will be placed at commercial mobile home parks at the Jersey Shore to aid families who have been forced out of their homes from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is looking for appropriate parks to place them. "By law, they cannot be placed in high-risk flood zones," said FEMA Public Information Officer Chris McKniff. "These units will provide long-term, temporary housing where families can live for up to 18 months," said McKniff.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
There are measures residents can take to ensure they get help.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, tens of thousands of New Jersey residents have turned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for help in getting back on their feet. In many cases, however, residents have been turned away. After Gov. Chris Christie announced a deadline extension until Jan. 30 for residents to apply for disaster relief, FEMA distributed a number of tips for those whose applications have been rejected. FEMA has already distributed more than $250 million in aid to nearly 50,000 residents following Hurricane Sandy, but, by law, can only provide rent or repair money when there is damage to a home’s living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and occupied bedrooms. With these conditions in mind, FEMA has rejected …
Gov. Christie's office announced an extension for New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to register for disaster assistance.
The deadline for New Jersey residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy to apply for disaster assistance has been extended, Gov. Chris Christie's office announced Tuesday. Residents now have until Jan. 30, 2013, to register for disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The deadline to apply for aid was originally set to expire on Dec. 27, 60 days after FEMA launched its recovery effort, though considering the totality of the damage and the number of households affected by Sandy, the State appealed for more time to accommodate all of its residents. "The single most important step people can take in this recovery period is to register with FEMA, if they haven’t already," Christie said in a release. “The process of a …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Advisory Base Flood Elevations will be published Saturday morning. FEMA hosted a teleconference Friday to explain the motivation behind the reports.
UPDATE: New "Advisory Base Flood Elevations" are now posted to this interactive map. More resources are available on FEMA's ABFE page for New Jersey and New York. __________ New maps being released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Saturday will recommend that residents in flood zones in 10 counties and 194 communities throughout the state consider raising their homes anywhere between one and five feet on average, FEMA officials said Friday. The maps, part of the agency’s Advisory Base Flood Elevations, are being published online Saturday morning and will likely be used by communities to help establish standards during the rebuilding process following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Although the data used in the storm does not…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Victims with home damage can still seek temporary housing assistance
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Residents who turned down the opportunity of FEMA housing assistance have another chance to receive temporary aid. Sandy victims who elected not to relocate while repairs were made at their homes became ineligible for FEMA assistance. If that decision proved to be unwise, residents can apply for aid by: Sandy victims can follow up on applications at DisasterAssistance.gov or by a web-enabled mobile device at m.FEMA.gov. Help also is available at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers:
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A parking lot at Six Flags in Jackson is serving as a staging area for mobile homes.
In an unused parking lot under the long morning shadow of a 130-foot tall steel roller coast, 40 outwardly identical mobile homes, each sitting on their own trailer, are ready for deployment. As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Temporary Housing Assistance program, mobile homes have been delivered from Cumberland, Md. and are currently being staged at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson. As early as next week and assuredly before Christmas, officials said, the mobile homes will be dispatched to parts of Monmouth and Ocean Counties where they’ll house residents who have lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy. And more are on the way. “Most the houses here are for home owners who are currently rebuilding their …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Though a recent state report paints a bleak picture, FEMA officials say the housing situation for residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy isn't as severe.
The numbers are dramatic. In theory. According to a report from the state's Disaster Housing Task Force, a looming housing shortfall exists for thousands of residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Potentially, of course. What the data collected in the report — comprised of current Hurricane Sandy data and data culled from historical disasters — doesn't factor in, however, is experience, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. And though furture housing does remain an unknown for many residents, especially in Sandy-ravaged areas of Monmouth and Ocean counties, FEMA has yet to experience the presaged crush. "We have not noticed big difficulties in (meeting) housing requirements," Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel said…
Several federal, state and county agencies that offer help to Hurricane-Sandy affected businesses came to Middletown to introduce themselves.
When water crept five blocks into Port Monmouth and filled Alise Pipitone's house, basement and garage, it not only wrecked her home but also threatened to snuff the life out of the C&G Electrical contracting business. Ten inches of water ruined the home-based business's equipment and killed the phone, fax line and the Internet service. Painting contractor Bob Crane of Voorhees & Crane Painting, also in Port Monmouth, has a similar story. He said he lost $10,000 worth of equipment in the flooded basement of his home-based business, and insurance won't pay. Both joined about 40 others Wednesday at the "Business After Sandy" Resources Forum at the Middletown Township Library, sponsored by the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. The forum…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
As residents remain anxious in the aftermath of Sandy, the agency says it is offering tips and information about mitigation.
Navigating her way through the piles of paperwork, through meetings with contractors and the near never-ending stream of advice coming at her from every direction is a new experience for Jacqueline Capestro. Then again, so was watching ocean water surge down the street and into her home. For the 22 years she’s lived there, Capestro had never once seen her Bradley Beach home flood. When she returned following Hurricane Sandy to assess the damage she found her floorboards buckled, the furniture destroyed, and a flood line on the wall three feet from the floor. After initial shock slowly shifted to resolve, Capestro was left without an answer to one very important question: What now? In Capestro’s case, and in the case of many New Jersey’s …