Emergency Management Coordinators Joint Command
David Bossi
Emergency Management Coordinator
BARNEGAT LIGHT
Thomas Preiser
Emergency Management Coordinator/Chief
HARVEY CEDARS
Jeff Miller
Emergency Management Coordinator
SHIP BOTTOM
Michael Bradley
Emergency Management Coordinator/Chief
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP
Bill Tromm
Emergency Management Coordinator
BEACH HAVEN

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Harvey Cedars Disaster Recovery Center

Please be advised that the DRC (disaster recovery center) and the SBA (small business administration) located at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference will be closing for good on Saturday January 5th. There will be a new location (DRC #37) in Stafford township,179A South Main Street opening on 1/7/2013 and will be open Monday-Saturday 9:00AM-7:00PM.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Storm Related Debris

Friday December 21 is the last day to PUT OUT all storm related debris at the curb

After that date all construction projects will need a permit and construction debris will need to be placed in a dumpster and Household hazardous waste cannot be placed at the curb after December 21.

Reminder: No concrete, Pavers, Asphalt, Asbestos, or any type of new construction debris.

FEMA Works To Help New Jersey Meet Sandy Housing Needs

TRENTON, N.J. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and its partners are working to address the housing needs of people displaced by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. The top priority is to help survivors return to their homes or to help them find a safe housing alternative if returning home is not an option.

More than 16,000 households have received FEMA grants to make essential repairs to their homes.

For those who cannot return home, the goal is to help them find a rental property close by. This is better for survivors and helps the whole community recover.

Rental Assistance
More than 41,000 families have received temporary rental assistance from FEMA to help pay for an apartment, house or other temporary home. This assistance is provided while displaced survivors are working to find a permanent housing solution.

Returning to a permanent home is a significant milestone on the road to recovery. FEMA rental assistance may last for up to 18 months from the date of declaration. So it’s important for survivors to have a permanent housing plan.

FEMA has a housing portal at www.fema.gov/housingportal to help families find rental units. In addition to apartments or homes normally available, the portal identifies units provided by federal partners.

To be eligible for possible rental assistance, survivors must first register with FEMA. There are many ways to register.

Survivors can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet by using the FEMA app or going to m.fema.gov. People may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day seven days a week until further notice.

The deadline to register with FEMA is Jan. 30, 2013.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance
At the request of the state, FEMA activated the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program to move eligible survivors from shelters into hotels or motels if they couldn’t return to their damaged homes. TSA lodging expenses are paid directly to the hotel by FEMA.

Nearly half of the more than 5,000 households that temporarily stayed in a hotel or motel in New Jersey have moved to more sustainable housing. The average hotel/motel stay is 15 days.

The program operates in two-week increments. During each two-week period, FEMA reviews the eligibility of each applicant and emphasizes finding a more sustainable temporary housing solution as quickly as possible.

The TSA program has been extended through Jan. 11, 2013, for those who continue to meet eligibility criteria. The new extension will allow eligible applicants to remain in participating hotels during the holiday season. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the extension period and the checkout date of Jan. 11, 2013.

TSA-eligible survivors can receive help finding a hotel by calling: 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day seven days a week until further notice.

Help finding TSA participating hotels also is available online: www.femaevachotels.com.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is supporting the housing recovery.

The department increased the Fair Market Rent standard to 120 percent so families with Section 8 housing choice vouchers have more options. It also relaxed rules to allow senior housing providers to open up vacant units to Hurricane Sandy survivors under the age of 55 without jeopardizing a community's qualification for certain legal exemptions under the Fair Housing Act.

HUD is also giving the state and communities the flexibility to redirect millions of dollars of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships funds for housing and services for disaster survivors.

HUD has directed banks to hold off on foreclosures and forbearance of Federal Housing Administration mortgages for disaster-affected areas for 90 days following the date of the presidential disaster declaration.

Temporary Housing Units Provided by FEMA
A temporary housing unit – either a manufactured home that can be put in an existing commercial mobile home park, or a remodeled apartment unit at Fort Monmouth — is a last option when renting a property is not possible or reasonable. Decisions on direct federal housing units for survivors are made on a case-by-case basis.

Forty-five units at Fort Monmouth will soon be made available to eligible survivors. Manufactured homes will be installed as needed and as suitable pads are identified at commercial mobile home parks.

By law, federal temporary housing assistance can last only up to 18 months from the date of the disaster declaration.

Call If Your Housing Needs Change
It is critical that FEMA has your current contact information. If housing advisors cannot reach you, then they will be unable to discuss housing options with you.

If you have a continuing housing need, or if you need to update your contact information, please call by phone or 711/VRS - 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stay In Touch With FEMA - Make Sure Your Contact Information Is Current

TRENTON, N.J. — Hurricane Sandy survivors who have already registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency need to keep in touch with the agency, especially if their contact information changes.

Updating contact information with current address and phone numbers will ensure FEMA can reach an applicant with new information or questions.

Individuals can visit a disaster recovery center for help or talk by phone or 711/VRS to the toll-free FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Either method works to:
  • Update an application with a change of address or new phone number.
  • Ask questions about disaster assistance.
  • Track the progress of a FEMA application.
  • Get information about the inspection process.
  • Advise FEMA of insurance settlements.
  • Learn about the steps to appeal a FEMA decision.
  • Obtain a Small Business Administration application and get help filling it out.
  • Learn rebuilding techniques to make a home stronger. 
Anyone who was affected by Hurricane Sandy but has not yet registered with FEMA should do so as soon as possible. In addition to the disaster recovery centers and the FEMA helpline, it is possible to register online at www. DisasterAssistance.gov or by smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov anytime.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FEMA Housing Assistance Is Based On Damage To Essential Living Areas

Re-Inspection Available for ‘Insufficient Damage’
TRENTON, N.J. — Some households with property damage received a letter from FEMA that said “insufficient damage.” The FEMA housing inspector reported that the essential living areas in the home were safe, sanitary and functional. People who disagree can ask for a re-inspection.

FEMA can only provide rent or repair money when there is damage to the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms used by occupants of the home.

FEMA will reconsider a request for housing assistance, and there are other options: 
  • Request a re-inspection. Call the FEMA helpline by phone or 711/VRS at 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585. 
  • Complete and return your SBA low-interest disaster loan application if you received one. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides disaster loans for individuals. Loan funds may be available for damage to all living areas.
  • Get volunteer help. Dozens of private nonprofit groups are helping in New Jersey. Some groups provide volunteers to help out with minor repairs to homes. For more information call 2-1-1 or visit NJ211.org online.
  • File an appeal. Any decision by FEMA can be appealed. Filing an appeal relating to habitability requires verifiable documentation to show the disaster caused damage that made the housing uninhabitable. Appeal letters must be postmarked within 60 days of the date of the decision letter. 
For information on filing an appeal, survivors should refer to the “Help After Disaster" guide, which is mailed to everyone who registers with FEMA. The guide also is available online at www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster.

All applicants will receive a letter from FEMA. If you do not understand it, visit a disaster recovery center or call the FEMA helpline.

FEMA Extends Registration Deadline For New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Survivors

TRENTON, N.J. — Survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey now have until January 30, 2013 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

People with storm losses in all counties can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

Survivors also can register by phone or 711/VRS by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

At the request of the state, FEMA extended the registration deadline beyond the original 60 day window due to the magnitude of the Hurricane Sandy disaster.

The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

FEMA disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Survivors Must Contact FEMA To Keep Temporary Housing Assistance

TRENTON, N.J. – If you received temporary housing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and continue to have a housing need, you must fill out an important form for additional short-term rental assistance.

FEMA mails all applicants who receive temporary rental assistance the “Declaration for Continuing Need for Rental Assistance” form. It reaffirms that applicants have an ongoing need for temporary housing while they search for a permanent place to live.
  • This form is mailed 15 days after applicants receive their initial rental assistance grant.
  • Applicants who need additional rental assistance must complete the form and mail it back to FEMA at the address printed on the form.
  • If you don’t have the form, or have questions about temporary housing assistance, contact FEMA’s toll-free helpline by phone or 711/VRS at1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
FEMA rental assistance lasts for a short-term period, so it’s important for survivors to have a permanent housing plan. Returning to a permanent home is a significant milestone on the road to recovery.

FEMA’s Individuals and Household Program may provide grants for temporary housing assistance, as well as medical, dental and funeral expenses, which do not require processing through the Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan process. However, applicants who receive an SBA loan application must submit them to SBA for possible consideration for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage.

Monday, December 17, 2012

More Free Advice On Building Stronger, Safer, Smarter

TRENTON, N.J. – For knowledgeable and reliable advice on how to repair or rebuild your home safer and stronger, look no further than your local home improvement store. Specialists from FEMA will be present with information on building techniques that can provide more protection for your home, business and property in future disasters. This free service also offers information and publications about home improvement, such as:
  • Mold and mildew cleanup
  • Flood- and wind-resistant building methods
  • Wind straps
  • Flood insurance
  • Retrofitting buildings
  • Elevating utilities 
FEMA specialists are available daily from Wednesday, Dec. 19, to Saturday, Dec. 29, (except Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday Dec. 25), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the following home improvement stores: 
  • Atlantic County – Lowe’s No. 1034, 6048 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township 08234
  • Cape May County – Lowe’s No. 1861, 3171 Route 9 S, Rio Grande 08242
  • Essex County – Home Depot No. 980, 399 Springfield Ave., Newark 07103
  • Hudson County – Lowe’s No. 2676, 400 Bayonne Crossing Way, Bayonne 07002
  • Monmouth County – Home Depot No. 969, 3540 Route 66, Neptune 07753
  • Ocean County – Home Depot No. 920, 1334 Lakewood Road, Toms River 08755 
  • Ocean County – Home Depot No. 949, 244 N. Main St., Forked River 08731
  • Ocean County – Lowe’s No. 2260, 297 Route 72 W, Suite 30, Manahawkin 08050
  • Union County – Lowe’s No. 1939, 1721 Morris Ave., Union 07083 

Additional sites and dates will be announced soon.

Anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy should register with FEMA. Individuals can apply for assistance and follow up on previous applications by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smart phones or tablets at m.fema.gov. By phone or 711/VRS, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.

Help For Businesses Facing Economic Losses Caused By Hurricane Sandy

TRENTON, N.J. — For businesses struggling with losses from evacuations, power outages, damaged inventory and general economic loss caused by Hurricane Sandy, a variety of federal and state resources can help.

Small Business Administration
Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration provide working capital to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations. The loans help meet ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster.
 
These loans are intended to assist the business or nonprofit through the disaster recovery period. The money may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid if the disaster had not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace profits.
  • The loan amounts and terms are determined by the SBA.
  • The law authorizes a maximum term of 30 years.
  • Interest rates for loans for small businesses can be as low as 4 percent.
  • Interest rates for loans for eligible nonprofit organizations can be as low as 3 percent.
  • Businesses of all sizes are also eligible to apply for loans to cover their physical losses. The deadline for this type of loan is Dec. 31, 2012.
For additional information, call 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339, email DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov or visit SBA.gov. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA.

Farm Services Agency
The Farm Services Agency offers a number of loans and grants to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flood, other natural disasters or quarantine. The FSA maintains 10 programs covering crop losses, livestock losses and damaged farm property. See disaster.fsa.usda.gov for more information.

Disaster Unemployment Insurance
The State of New Jersey requested and was granted federal unemployment insurance funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Self-employed entrepreneurs may qualify for disaster-related unemployment benefits. Survivors must first file a regular unemployment insurance claim with the state at njuifile.net. When and if that claim is denied, a claim may be filed for disaster-related unemployment benefits which have a different funding source. Read these FAQs for details.

N.J. Economic Development Authority
The N.J. Economic Development Authority can provide disaster survivors with access to capital, including tax-exempt and taxable bond financing, loans, loan guarantees, and business and tax incentives. For more information, visit www.njeda.com.

N.J. Business Action Center (One-Stop Shop)
This “One-Stop Shop” serves as an information clearinghouse for Hurricane Sandy business recovery assistance. The storm call center number is 866-534-7789. Visit www.state.nj.us/njbusiness/ for further information.

What Sandy Survivors Need To Know About Petroleum Spills

If your home has been affected by a flood that caused an oil spill or any type of petroleum release in or near your home, contact the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) at 1-877-WARNDEP 24 Hour Hotline (1-877-927-6337;Option 2) to report the spill.

Oil spills usually cause strong odors and can contaminate indoor air. Do not stay in a building with strong oil odors because inhaling oil vapors may cause adverse health effects.

Oil and Water in Your Home 
Use absorbent pads to collect oil. Purchase absorbent pads from auto or marine supply stores, or use cloth diapers or pads from medical supply stores or pharmacies.

Controlling Odors 
Close all doors, laundry chutes or create partitions with sheets of plastic.

Fans help control odors. Place a stationary fan to exhaust contaminated areas by blowing air out through a single window or door. Keep windows near the exhaust air window closed to prevent contaminated air from re-entering your home.

Be careful operating central heating or central air conditioning systems – they may spread odors and contaminate the ventilation system.

Oil Coated Belongings, Debris and Building Materials 
Clean hard-surfaces such as glass or metal with soap, detergent, non-solvent degreaser or other cleaners. Avoid cleaning with solvents such as acetone, xylenes or turpentine, which may be flammable and hazardous to your health.

Discard porous materials such as wood, boxes, fabrics, sheetrock or insulation. Move contaminated materials outside.

Place contaminated materials on plastic and cover with more plastic until you have documented them for insurance claims then dispose of them in regular trash.

Use cat litter, sawdust or other absorbent powders such a bentonite or zeolite to absorb any remaining oil on floors and solid surfaces. Purchase absorbent powders from automotive or marine supply stores, pet stores, pharmacies and home improvement stores.

Check with a professional cleaning company for information on cleaning or deodorizing household furnishings.

When doing any cleanup work, minimize your exposure. 
Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and gloves (rubber if available) to reduce exposure to skin. Work in areas that are well-ventilated as described above.

Furnaces and Boilers 
Do not start oil-fired furnaces or boilers until they have been checked by a service technician. Furnaces and boilers generate exhaust gases including carbon monoxide. If a furnace or boiler or their exhaust ducts are damaged, deadly gases may be released inside your home. Be sure all flue vents are clear so gases exhaust freely. Be sure all tank vents are clear. When fans are being used, the potential for back drafting should be evaluated.

Drinking Water Wells 
Drinking water from wells contaminated by petroleum will often have an odor. If it smells oily, do not drink the water.

Potential Health Effects 
Exposure to high levels of petroleum products can cause health effects, primarily on the nervous and respiratory systems. People who inhale elevated air levels of fuel oil vapors for even short periods of time experience nausea, increased blood pressure, eye irritation, headaches, light-headedness, and poor coordination.

Petroleum products may cause irritation and blistering in some people when they come into contact with the skin. Older adults, the very young, and people with respiratory diseases may be especially sensitive to the effects of inhaling petroleum vapors.

Temporary Relocation 
If strong odors are present in your home, limit the time spent there or consider relocating temporarily until indoor air quality improves. Source: New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Faith Based Organizations And Other Non-Profits May Apply For Disaster Assistance With SBA

TRENTON, N.J. — Synagogues, mosques, temples, churches, other religious centers and non-profit organizations that suffered damages in Hurricane Sandy may apply for disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
While many may think that faith based organizations are not businesses, as non-profits they are eligible to apply for SBA’s low-interest disaster business loans. SBA loans can help fund repair or replace disaster-damaged property such as real estate, furniture, fixtures, equipment, vehicles, damaged contents and leasehold improvements.
Any interested organization may apply with the SBA, even before their insurance claims are settled. SBA loans must be paid back, but they can be financed up to 30 years making them affordable for most organizations.
Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture entities and most private non-profit organizations are also eligible to apply for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help provide funds for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. These loans are available regardless of whether physical damage was sustained.
The maximum SBA loan amount for business disaster loans is $2 million.
For more information:
  • Call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339.
  • Visit a disaster recovery center or a business recovery center and speak with a SBA customer service representative.
To apply for a loan:
  • Visit SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, or
  • Download an application from www.sba.gov.
Registration with FEMA is also recommended. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Online registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Don’t wait to apply, the deadline for physical losses is December 31, 2012.

Displaced Residents

Haven Beach Motel at 11004 Long Beach Blvd. will be open for Long Beach Island residents displaced due to Hurricane Sandy. Call (609) 492-6223 for room availability.

FEMA Assistance

Even if you have insurance, register with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362, www.DisasterAssistance.gov or visit the Disaster Recovery Center at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference Center, 12 Cedars Ave., Harvey Cedars, NJ - you may be eligible for funds. If your housing situation has changed, you may be also eligible for funds. Contact FEMA to find out.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

No Loss Of Benefits For New Jersey Seniors Receiving Disaster Aid

TRENTON, N.J. — Seniors who suffered losses when hurricane Sandy pummeled New Jersey don’t have to worry about being hit a second time if they receive disaster funds. FEMA disaster assistance is not counted as income, is not taxed, and has no effect on Social Security or other government benefits.

Federal Coordinating Officer, Michael J. Hall said, “When seniors get a check from FEMA, the Internal Revenue Service knows that it’s to help them get back to where they were before the storm. It is not counted as income. Older adults won’t have a penny of this assistance taxed or have any benefits cut.”

Seniors and others who had disaster related losses may apply for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. By phone or 711/VRS, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Seniors are encouraged to call and register. A FEMA specialist will explain the types of help available and walk callers through the registration process. They are knowledgeable about the process and can answer their questions in a language they feel comfortable speaking.

State Coordinating officer, Lt. Jeff Mottley said, “If seniors receive an SBA application form after registering with FEMA, it’s very important for them to complete and return it. The application helps determine their eligibility for a wide range of disaster relief programs. It’s not just for a loan.”

New Jersey seniors affected by the storm can find out how to apply for an SBA loan by calling 800-659-2955 or by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster. For more information about other elder care issues, call the national referral service, Eldercare Locators, at 800-677-1116.

SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Changed Your Mind About Staying In Your Storm Damaged Home? Tell FEMA Now

TRENTON, N.J. – Nearly six weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey, survivors have a chance to reconsider a decision they made in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

Thousands of New Jersey survivors answered “will not relocate” when FEMA housing inspectors asked what they planned to do while repairs are being made on their homes or apartments. That response made them ineligible for FEMA temporary housing assistance.

Some who would like FEMA help today may find the window still open.

Here’s what to do:
  • If it has been less than 30 days since you received a FEMA determination letter, call 800-621-3362 and tell FEMA that your housing situation has changed and that you’d like temporary housing assistance.
  • However, if it has been more than 30 days since you received a FEMA determination letter, you will need to reply in a letter to FEMA stating that you want to change your earlier response, explain how your circumstances have changed and that you’d like FEMA temporary housing assistance.
Survivors can follow up on previous applications online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by web-enabled mobile device at m.FEMA.gov. By phone or 711/VRS, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Help is also available at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, which can be found at www.fema.gov/DRCloc.

Monday, December 10, 2012

FEMA Assistance Denial Still Offers Option For Appeal

TRENTON, NJ. — Survivors have the right to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision about what assistance they can receive.
 
You may ask for another review to appeal the amount or type of help provided or any other decision about federal disaster assistance.
 
Before asking for an appeal, it is important to review the “Help After a Disaster” applicant’s guide. The booklet explains the different types of assistance that may be available to survivors and could answer some questions you have about the appeal process. Each applicant receives a copy and it is available online at www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster.
 
When appealing, explain in writing why you disagree with a decision. Include any new or additional documents that would support the appeal. Be as specific as possible in the letter. Include materials such as itemized receipts and contractor estimates.
 
When sending an appeal letter for Hurricane Sandy, remember to include:
  • On all pages of all documents:
  • Federal disaster declaration number 4086-DR-NJ.
  • Nine-digit FEMA application number.
  • Applicant’s name, place and date of birth, and the address of the damaged dwelling.
  • Copies of documentation that supports the appeal. All receipts, bills and estimates must include contact information for the service provider. Keep all originals for your records.
  • A copy of a state-issued identification card, unless the letter is notarized or includes the following statement: “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
  • The applicant’s signature.
Appeal letters must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on the decision letter.
 
Survivors may send the appeal letter to FEMA by:
  • Fax: (800) 827-8112 Attention:FEMA
  • Mail: National Processing Service Center P.O. Box 10055 Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center here.
 
If you would like to speak with a specialist who will listen and help you with the appeal process, you can visit a local Disaster Recovery Center or call the FEMA helpline.

Children Vulnerable To Disaster-Related Stress

TRENTON, N.J. – Hurricane Sandy left behind more than physical destruction. As people in New Jersey begin to rebuild, every affected family has faced a disruption of their normal lives. Many must also confront the anguish of losing a home. Children are particularly vulnerable to the stress that follows a natural disaster, and their symptoms may linger much longer than in adults, according to mental health experts. They also react to how adults behave in stressful situations, so it’s important for parents and caregivers to look after their own mental health in the wake of a disaster.
 
Parents and other caregivers should be alert to signs of stress-related troubles and learn how to deal with their children’s fears and unusual behaviors.
 
Children ages 5 or younger may cry more frequently than usual, become clingy, have nightmares, show excessive fear of the dark, fear of animals or fear of being alone. Appetites may change. They may speak with difficulty or revert to behaviors such as bed-wetting or thumb-sucking.
 
Children ages 5 to 11 may exhibit increased irritability, aggression, and competition with their siblings for parental attention. Some become preoccupied with the disaster and want to talk about it continually. They may also show anxiety through whining, withdrawing from their peers, and losing interest in normal activities.
 
Teenagers 11 to 18 may show outright rebellion, physical problems, and sleep disturbances. They may engage in risk-taking behaviors such as reckless driving or alcohol and drug abuse.
 
Those signs of anxiety often result from the losses, disruption to family life, and a sense of a hostile world created by a natural disaster. The following suggestions may help to reduce stress in children:
  • Spend time each day giving each child undivided attention, even if just for a few minutes. Share experiences. Reaffirm your love. Make plans together. Just “be there” for each other.
  • Encourage them to talk. Ask children to describe what they are feeling. Let them talk about the disaster and ask as many questions as they like. Listen to what they say. Assure them that the disaster was an act of nature and not caused by them. Include the entire family in the discussion, if possible.
  • Understand their fears. It is important that parents accept anxieties as being very real to children. Help them understand what causes their anxieties and fears. Recognize their losses, such as their pets, favorite toys and other personal items. Reassure them that everything will be all right.
  • Explain what is going on. Make every effort to keep children informed about what is happening. Explanations should be in simple language. With children 5 or older, rehearse safety measures for use in case of future disasters.
  • Reassure them. Parents can help reassure children by telling them they are safe, holding and hugging them frequently, restoring normal routines, providing play experiences for them, and making bedtime a special moment of calm and comfort.
  • Encourage activities with their peers. As with adults, social time with friends is a very important part of the recovery process.
  • Temporarily lower expectations of them. Allow for the fact that stress from the disaster can show itself in many ways over a period of time, and make appropriate allowances.
The New Jersey Department of Human Services is coordinating statewide efforts to help individuals and communities manage the emotional impact of the storm. Crisis counselors are currently providing support in many shelters and assisting in FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers as needed.
 
In addition to providing face-to-face disaster crisis counseling, the state provides informational materials about coping and they partner with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey to offer assistance through a toll free helpline: 877-294-4357 (also apples to VRS or 711-Relay users) or TTY 877-294-4356. Or visit their website: www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhs/disaster/.
 
Parents, guardians and caregivers may also want to contact their local mental health agency for information on resources in their community that can assist children after disasters. For more information call 877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or visit the website www.performcarenj.org.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Boat Owners

Boat owners or insurance companies trying to locate a lost or abandoned vessels should call the NJSP Point Pleasant Station at (732)899-5051.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

State, Local Private Non-Profits In New Jersey Get 30 More Days To Request FEMA Public Assistance Grants

Deadlines extended to request reimbursement for debris removal, infrastructure repair and other costs
TRENTON, N.J. – Deadlines to apply for Public Assistance (PA) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been extended to December 30, 2012 for all 21 counties.

Michael Hall, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer, granted the extension following a request from the New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management. The PA program is a reimbursement program where the federal government provides 75 percent of eligible costs.

In the request for an extension, the state cited the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Sandy and the tremendous increase in the number of organizations submitting a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) that have never before been involved in the PA process.

As of December 3, FEMA has received 1,098 requests for Public Assistance, conducted 630 kick-off meetings, and approved 24 large projects totaling, $57,729,003.

Disaster Recovery Center

All the Disaster Recovery Centers in the state will be closed on Sundays starting this Sunday, December 9, 2012. Hours will continue to be 9 – 7 Mondays through Saturdays except for the Bayhead DRC which will be 9 – 5 Mondays through Saturdays.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Letter From The Mayor: Debris Removal

Dear Long Beach Township Homeowner:

We hope this letter finds you well though coping with the devastation and destruction left behind by Superstorm Sandy.

Here in the Township, we have been on the fast track to secure, repair and rehabilitate our homes and properties. We ask that should you see any improprieties or have any questions, please contact the Township with your concerns (609-361-1000)

As a matter of urgency all oceanfront homeowners who have not signed their deed of easement are urged to contact the Township to make arrangements to do so as soon as possible that we may avoid future destruction and devastation.

With that being said, to continue our progress, we must complete all debris removal before year end. Therefore, all debris from your homes must be placed curbside (not in the street) no later than December 21, 2012 for removal by the Township. After that date you will be responsible to properly dispose of debris. All building permit applications must include dumpster receipts.

Please also note that Long Beach Township is not responsible for the final cleaning of your property, damage to curbs, sidewalks or landscaping.

We are working towards a sensational Memorial Day 2013 to kick off a beautiful summer season for all.

Sincerely,
Mayor Joseph H. Mancini

Monday, November 26, 2012

Free Advice On Rebuilding Stronger, Safer, Smarter At New Jersey Home Improvement Stores


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Your home has been damaged and you want to get it back to where it was before Hurricane Sandy. Or, maybe you’re looking to rebuild and need smart ideas on how to make your next home stronger and safer than your last.

Knowledgeable and reliable advice is available at a nearby home improvement store daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Nov. 26.

Hazard mitigation specialists from FEMA are on-site to answer your questions and help you rebuild stronger, safer and smarter. They specialize in building techniques that reduce the potential for damage to your home, business and property from future disasters.

Besides answering your questions, they are offering other home improvement tips and techniques:

  • Proper mold and mildew clean-up
  • Flood- and wind-resistant building methods
  • Wind straps
  • Flood insurance
  • Suggestions to make homes stronger and safer
  • Retrofitting buildings, and
  • Elevating utilities

Free publications on these topics are available and there is no charge to talk with specialists.
 
FEMA specialists are available at the following home improvement stores until November 26:
Atlantic County – Lowe’s #1034, 6048 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, 08234
Hudson County – Lowe’s #1937, 727 Route 440, Jersey City, 07304
Ocean County – Lowe’s #1608, 1375 Hooper Ave, Toms River, 08753
Ocean County – Lowe’s #1535, 520 Route 70, Brick, 08723
Monmouth County – Lowe’s #1035, 2194 State Route 35, Holmdel, 07733
Monmouth County – Home Depot, 3700 Hwy 35, Hazlet, 07730
Monmouth County – Lowe’s #1548, 118 Hwy 35, Eatontown, 07724
Additional sites and dates will be announced soon.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Holgate Residents


On Thursday, 11-22-12, Holgate will be open to residents FROM WEBSTER AVE NORTH, including Webster Ave. Any resident/contractor needing to go south of Webster Ave will be permitted to do so with the proper paperwork, i.e.; resident access pass, contractor pass, work order from homeowner, etc.

Contractors and homeowners are to be out of Holgate in the areas south of Webster Ave. from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Return of Heaters Received Through Donation


Much of Long Beach Island has been restored with gas service, this being said we are requesting that you drop off any heaters that you have received through donations to the Long Beach Township Police lobby. If you are not able to get to Long Beach Township for any reason we request that you bring the heaters to your local police department. After we receive the heaters we will be forwarding them to Seaside Park for redistribution. Thank you in advance for your support.

Disaster Recovery Center open for LBI in Harvey Cedars


FEMA Disaster Recovery Center #33 will open at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference Center, 12 Cedars Avenue, Harvey Cedars Long Beach Island, NJ. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice. They will open this Saturday 11/24/12. Property owners can make claims as well as check on the status of existing claims. Small Business Claims can be made as well Small Business Loans can be applied for at this location.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Watch Out For Fraudsters


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As many Garden State residents work to recover from Hurricane Sandy, state and federal officials are warning of a danger lurking around the corner:  phony building contractors and other scam artists could soon appear in your community attempting to take advantage of your vulnerability as a disaster survivor.

There are a few simple steps that you can take to make sure you’re dealing with an honest person.
Your first and best defense is to know the most common post-disaster fraud practices.

Here are some of the fraudster’s favorites:

Phony housing inspectors: If your home’s damage is visible from the street, you may be especially vulnerable to the phony housing inspector who claims to represent FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). You should:


  • Ask to see the inspector’s identification badge if he or she does not offer to show it. A FEMA or SBA shirt or jacket is not proof of someone’s affiliation with the government. All federal employees and contractors carry official, laminated photo identification.
  • Avoid giving bank account numbers to an inspector claiming to be affiliated with the federal government. FEMA inspectors never require banking information.
  • Understand that FEMA housing inspectors verify damage, but do not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix homes or recommend repairs. They also do not determine cost estimates.


Fraudulent building contractors:  Damage visible from the street can also bring out sham contractors who visit your home offering to begin work immediately. They take your money and disappear, leaving behind unfinished work and unsafe homes.

  • Before hiring a contractor, check with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846 to make sure the contractor is registered.
  • Ask for a copy of the contractor’s liability insurance and verify that the policy is valid.
  • All contracts should be in writing, and reviewed before being signed.


Fake offers of state or federal aid: If someone claiming to be from FEMA or the state visits, calls or emails you asking for your Social Security number, bank account number or other sensitive information, beware. That information could be sold to identity thieves or used to defraud you. A twist on this scam is the phone or in-person solicitor who promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance or building-permit process. Then there are scam artists who promise you a disaster grant and ask for large cash deposits or advance payments in full.

Here’s what to do:

  • Provide your Social Security number and banking information only when registering for FEMA assistance, either by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585, or going online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via a web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov.   If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services, call 1-800-621-3362.
  • Know that federal and state workers do not solicit or accept money.  FEMA and SBA staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help in filling out applications.  If in doubt, do not give out information, and report people claiming to be government workers to local police.

 Price Gouging:  Excessive price increases are illegal.  Check with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov or call 800-242-5846 if you suspect prices are too high.

Charity Scams:  Before donating, be sure to investigate to make sure the organization asking for donations is registered to solicit in New Jersey. Ask how the money will be used. For other questions, New Jersey residents can contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs office at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov or by calling 800-242-5846.

Get Rid Of Mold


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Everywhere they look, survivors of Hurricane Sandy see reminders of the destruction – fallen trees, washed out roads, smashed windows. But the most persistent reminder may be the least visible: mold.

The microscopic fungus grows wherever moisture is present – in debris, inside walls, under floors, in attics. If not treated, mold can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and damage materials long after the storm.

The good news: mold, and its close relative mildew, can be controlled. Once a home is habitable, dry it out with fans, dehumidifiers and vacuums. Remove all wet items including carpeting, furniture, insulation, food products and bedding. Any material that has been wet more than 48 hours should be thrown out!

Unsaturated porous material, such as drywall, ceiling tiles, furniture that contains wood by-products and carpeting, and non-porous items – metal, glass, wood, plastic – can be treated in a few simple steps:


  • Wear gloves, a mask and eye protection. Make sure the area is well ventilated.
  • Wash items with non-ammonia based detergent and hot water and allow to dry.
  • Disinfect cleaned surfaces with a solution of a cup and a half of bleach in a gallon of hot water. Let the solution stay on the surface at least 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with clear water and allow to dry.
  • Monitor treated materials for several days. If mold develops, discard them. 

Severe mold infestations should be treated by qualified professionals. Survivors who have flood insurance should carefully document the damage with photos, receipts and samples from water-damaged goods.

The primary concern is health. Survivors should take precautions, because mold affects the nervous system, causes headaches, mood changes, memory loss, respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion and skin, eye, nose and throat irritation.

For more information about mold, its removal, its prevention and associated health problems, go to the New Jersey Department of Health Mold website. See also the FEMA publication Mold & Mildew: Cleaning Up Your Flood-Damaged Home and FEMA video, Eradicating Mold and Mildew.

NJ Disaster Legal Services (DLS) Number is LIVE!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Free legal hotline for storm victims opens at 9 a.m. today New Jersey State Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division and FEMA help residents New Brunswick- A toll-free legal aid line is now available for people facing legal issues due to Hurricane Sandy.

Residents who cannot afford to pay an attorney can call the help line to request free legal assistance at 888-541-1900, starting at 9 a.m. today (Monday, Nov. 12).

The New Jersey State Bar Association, American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have teamed up to provide help to residents.

“Lawyers have a special obligation to give back to the community, and as the state’s largest lawyers group the New Jersey State Bar Association is dedicated to serving as a source of assistance to the public. As they have in other disasters, our volunteer attorneys are ready to help people whose lives have been forever altered by this storm,” said State Bar Association President Kevin P. McCann.

The hotline is open to residents who need legal help related to the disaster. Assistance will be available in connection with insurance-related claims, FEMA appeals, landlord-tenant matters and creditor-debtor matters.

The way the program works is:

  • Through an intake process, callers will be matched with a volunteer attorney who can provide assistance or general legal information regarding their issue.
  • Callers should identify that they are seeking legal assistance related to Hurricane Sandy.
  • The hotline will be staffed during normal business hours, but messages can be left at any time. 

The helpline is part of a long-standing partnership between FEMA and the ABA, and is administered by the New Jersey State Bar Association through its Mass Disaster Response Program.

Hours are 9-5 (M-F). Messages can be left and calls will be returned the next day.

Christie Administration Announces Disaster Food Assistance For Non-SNAP Residents Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

An estimated 100,000 households in certain counties may be eligibleTRENTON – The Christie Administration today announced that it will implement a federal food assistance benefit for individuals and families in certain counties, who are not already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). An estimated 100,000 households hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for at least $200 in electronic benefits.

Disaster SNAP, called D-SNAP, is administered by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the counties’ Boards of Social Services. Applications for the program will begin on Monday, November 26 and run for seven business days, concluding on either Monday, December 3rd or Tuesday, December 4th, depending on whether a particular county processes applications on Saturday, December 1st.

Eligible recipients will receive their benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that only can be used for the purchase of grocery food items.

 “Now that New Jerseyans have power restored and most are returned to their homes, the tally of costs associated with cleanup and rebuilding are mounting,” said DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez. “By providing D-SNAP in the counties that suffered the worst damage, we ensure that people who were struggling financially before the storm, and who now have these unexpected expenses, at least can buy food.”

Application rules and eligibility for D-SNAP have been modified based on lessons learned after Tropical Storm Irene in September 2011. Misinformation about the program caused long lines at designated application sites and created a potential for fraudulent activity. This year, strict criteria must be met in order for people to qualify.

“We know that millions of people throughout the state were without power and as a result lost perishable food supplies, but D-SNAP is a federal safety-net subsidy available only to people who are at risk for hunger because their disaster-recovery expenses have left them without enough money to buy food,” added Velez.

New Jersey was approved to launch D-SNAP for all residents in 16 counties and by zip-code in two other counties.

It will be offered in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris,Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties as well as in the following zip codes of Burlington and Cumberland counties: 08224, 08010, 08016, 08515, 08075, 08511, 08562, 08068, 07081, 08088, 07676, 08046,08562, 08323, 08320, 08311, 08345, 08321, 08315, 08349, 08348, 08324, 08314, 08327, 08329, 08316.

Current SNAP recipients from the 16 counties listed above should not apply for this program because they already received a 30 percent October replacement allocation on their EBT card and will receive a supplemental benefit by December 7, 2012.

Residents of Camden, Gloucester and Salem – counties that were not as affected by Hurricane Sandy - are not eligible for D-SNAP at this time.

Applicants from the designated areas must go to the D-SNAP location in their own county.  However, displaced residents can apply in the county where they are currently staying.  Residents are strongly encouraged to takenote of the required criteria in order to ensure eligibility. For a list of sites, go to www.njsnap.org.

Under the new rules, applicants in the designated counties or zip codes must provide:

  • Identification and proof of residency – a driver’s license, for example, would serve as both.
  • Pay stubs and bank statements (cash, checking and savings) for the 30 days from October 28th through November 26th. Under the guidelines, for a family of one, the income limit is $2,268 with a benefit of $200; a family of two is $2,965 limit with a $367 benefit; a family of three is $3,416 limit with a $526 benefit; and, a family of four is $4,034 limit with a $668 benefit.
  • Receipts that show more than $100 spent on disaster-related expenses between October 28 and November 26.  The cost of replacing food cannot be included in the $100, but restaurant expenses are allowed.
Related expenses may include:

  • Temporary shelter in a motel
  • Home/business repairs
  • Evacuation expenses
  • Disaster clean up
  • Disaster related vehicle repairs
  • Gasoline for a generator
  • Replacement of personal items, such as clothing or household items, such as appliances, tools, educational materials.
If any of the purchases were charged to a credit card, the resident must be able to document that they paid the credit card bill for these items by November 26th.

Below is a chart that shows D-SNAP income limits and benefits by family size.


Household Size
Disaster Income Limit
Allotment Amount
1
$2,268
$200
2
$2,965
$367
3
$3,416
$526
4
$4,034
$668
5
$4,452
$793
Each Additional Member
+ $384
+ $150

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NJNG Service Restoration


Natural gas is now available to 9,878 of our customers’ meters, which is 69 percent of our total customers on Long Beach Island.

By the end of the day, we will have re-pressurized our entire main on Long Beach Island, including Holgate.

Meters have been repaired and replaced on the entire northern end of the island. We are now completing our meter work on the southern end of the island, and expect to complete all rebuilds by Monday, November 26.

Once a meter has been re-established and you see a tag on the customer gas valve just past your meter, your home’s natural gas service may be turned on by your qualified technician-- but only after electricity has been restored, you have safely returned to your home, and your qualified technician has determined that your natural gas equipment is safe to operate.

Federal, New Jersey and local safety codes prohibit tampering with natural gas meters and service lines. Even if natural gas service has not yet been restored to your area, this could significantly hamper efforts to restore service.

If you smell an odor of natural gas, leave the building immediately. Do not light matches, touch electrical switches or appliances, or use your telephone. From a safe location, customers should notify us of all gas leaks immediately at 1-800-GAS-LEAK.

With natural gas now restored to some affected areas and property clean-up underway, please remember that at least three business days prior to outdoor construction or digging, contractors and property owners – whoever is excavating – must call New Jersey One Call at 811 or 800-272-1000 and take the following steps:


  • Wait for the site to be marked with paint, flags or stakes. Yellow indicates the presence of underground natural gas lines.
  • Respect the marks and dig with care. 
  • Hand dig only (no mechanized equipment) within two feet of buried piping and facilities. 
  • Be mindful that inclement weather may wash away the painted markings. 

For additional information, visit our Hurricane Sandy Resource Center at www.njng.com.

LBI Residents


Clothing, toiletries, cleaning items, toys, non-perishable food, are available today, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Long Beach Island Grade School located at 20th and Central, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008.

So that the volunteers may enjoy the holiday with their families, the donation center will be closed Thanksgiving and will reopen Friday, November 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holgate Residents


As of 7 a.m. Thursday, November 22 all streets north of and including Webster Ave (Webster Ave., Susan Ave., Marshall Ave., Osborne Ave., and Grosser Street) including Beck Ave. will be open. The rest of Holgate has severe sewer, water and gas problems. We will notify you when it is safe to return.

Holgate Closed To Non-Essential Personnel


On Wednesday November 21, 2012 Holgate will be closed to all non-essential personnel due to New Jersey Natural Gas working on the restoration of gas service to the Holgate section of Long Beach Township.

Monday, November 19, 2012

NJNG Service Restoration


Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 20, New Jersey Natural Gas will be working on our service restoration plan for Long Beach Island in the section of the island from Ocean Street to Nelson Avenue.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Debris Removal


We are currently in the process of working with Ashbritt Environmental for removing all debris that has been accumulating at our curbs. Their plan is to remove all debris from the ACME lot tomorrow (11/19/2012) and then begin to remove debris from the streets beginning Tuesday (11/20/2012). Please place your items at the curb line and off of the street. Separate all Hazardous materials, electronics, tires, engines, metals, and any recyclables. Please keep regular household garage in cans and separate from the bulk trash, being that front end loaders will be pushing the bulk materials into intersections to be picked up. Please keep all vehicles off of the road during this process!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Donations


Anyone still wishing to make donations to the LBI relief fund can do so at the LBI grade school, 20th and Central Ave in Ship Bottom. Some items needed are; Pillows, rakes and flat shovels, extension cords, coffee, utility knives, batteries (all sizes), space heaters, bread, juice, paper plates and cups, utensils, cleaning and work gloves, paper towels, non-bleach cleaners. Garbage bags, breakfast food, bleach, water, flashlights, and mold/mildew cleaners are also in high demand. Thank you for your support!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Boil Water Advisory Lift Notice


Boil Water Advisory Lifted for all towns north of North Beach Haven (does NOT include Beach Haven and Holgate).

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and it is no longer necessary to boil your water before using.


It is strongly encouraged that you;


  • Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your interior plumbing.
  • Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.
  • Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Water softener/cartridge filters should be run through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the manufacturer.

Holgate Re-entry Protocols


The following protocols and regulations apply to all home owners and contractors in the Holgate section of Long Beach Twp. These rules will be strictly enforced by LBT Police and Construction/Zoning Departments.

General
Securing, winterization, removal of wet insulation, drywall, carpeting, damaged appliances, etc is permitted. This step does not require a building permit. Be advised that replacement of the same does require a permit and required inspection. The minimum permit fee will apply and the process has been fast tracked by the Construction department. Boat and watercraft removal/relocation is also allowed.

Posted Unsafe Structures (Oceanfronts)
Licensed contractors working for property owners may access these structures for winterization, inspection, etc. Ladders can be used at the discretion of the contractor keeping safety in mind. If the access is less than 6 feet from existing grade, the homeowner may access the structure for the above purposes. CAUTION AND COMMON SENSE WITH RESPECT TO SAFETY MUST APPLY. If unsure about stability of access area, do NOT access the structure.

Debris Containment
All debris must be contained on the property within the curb line. Dumpsters are allowed on the property provided that they will be removed by Monday 11/19. DO NOT PLACE DUMPSTERS OR DEBRIS ON CURBSIDE GAS/WATER CONNECTIONS. These connections must remain clear of obstruction to help facilitate repair. It is recommended that these areas be marked.

Separation of all debris is required. Construction debris must be piled separate from household debris such as furnishings, carpet etc. Appliances, mowers, and other metals must be placed in a separate pile. Paints, solvents, motor oils, etc., mused be piled separately. DO NOT PLACE PAINTS OR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN BAGS. This separation allows for rapid collection by the appropriate crews.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Disaster Recovery Center


The Long Beach Island Joint emergency Management team has formerly requested a DRC (Disaster Recovery Center) for Long Beach Island. We have made the calls and put in the formal request. They have not ruled out that LBI is going to be getting one, however we will be having community relation specialists (not a DRC) at a location in the near future for guidance on starting the claim process for private residents and Businesses.

The closest locations of DRCs are: Old Stafford Township Building 775 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 and Bell Crest Plaza Store front 4C 953 Fisher Blvd., Toms River, NJ 08753.

The closest BRC (Business recovery center) is Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Heritage Park Train Station and Rail Car (across from Manahawkin Lake between RT 9 and RT 72) West Bay ave. , Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

Hours: Sunday – Monday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., until further notice.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Emergency Management Update


Long Beach Island Joint Emergency Management officials met with officials from NJNG and Comcast. Several issues were discussed;

NJNG- Has advised us that there are a number of homes that have been cleared for gas service to the resident’s meter. Those homeowners should contact a licensed technician to conduct complete inspections of gas systems within the home. Once deemed safe by a licensed technician, the gas service to the residence can be turned on by the technician. The technician should complete the certification tag and turn it into your respective town. In order to recognize which homes are ready for gas, look for a certification tag on the meter or log onto www.NJNG.com for a list of homes that have been cleared for.

COMCAST- Has advised us that their infrastructure is in good working order. Any residents with problems/issues should contact Comcast directly.

Sand Removal


Holgate residents that hired contractors to remove sand or are removing sand themselves should be advised that only CLEAN and PRISTINE sand should be taken to the Holgate lot (end of Holgate) where it will be recovered.

Residents from North Beach Haven through Brant Beach should take their CLEAN and PRISTINE sand to the beachfront where it will be recovered. Residents on the North end(North Beach/Loveladies) can take CLEAN and PRISTINE sand to Tract 1065(North Beach) and residents of Loveladies can take their CLEAN and PRISTINE sand to Tract 55 or place it on the beachfront of their legally owned Tract, where it will be recovered.

Beach Buggy Permits


Long Beach Township is suspending sales of Beach Buggy permits and revoking the use of vehicles on Long Beach Township beaches until further notice. Anyone wanting to fish may do so by walking onto the beach, except for the beaches of Holgate. Please pay attention due to the fact that Township Public Works vehicles and other contractor vehicles will be working on the beaches. Those who want to fish in other towns must call the respective town for their rules.

Mail Delivery


CUSTOMERS DISPLACED BY THE STORM SHOULD FILE A CHANGE OF ADDRESS ONLINE; GO TO WWW.USPS.COM OR CALL

1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777). CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO GET UPDATES ON MAIL DELIVERY BY CALLING 1-800-ASK-USPS OR AT USPS.COM. Please note that the United States Postal Service will continue to attempt mail delivery where there is safe access to roads and customers’ mail boxes and are committed to restoring regular delivery and mail service as quickly as possible to customers in affected areas. For the latest information on service disruptions in areas affected by hurricane Sandy, visit www.usps.com/news to review the state specific announcements or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

Beginning 9am 11/15/12, Beach Haven, Ship Bottom and Long Beach customers will be able to pick up mail at the Long Beach Twp location 7401 Long Beach Blvd. Harvey Cedars customers will be able to get their mail at Harvey Cedars. Beginning Thursday, carriers will attempt to deliver mail on LBI. Because of building damage, Beach Haven and Ship Bottom PO Box customers will continue to pick up PO Box mail at the Long Beach Twp facility.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Donations


Anyone that is able to donate cleaning supplies, toiletries, and non-perishable food please bring it to the LBI grade school located at 20th Street and Central Avenue. The school will be open for donations between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. Also, anyone that is in need of supplies or heaters please respond to the school during these hours.

Portable Heaters


The Long Beach Island Joint Emergency Management will begin distributing the portable heaters on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the Long Beach Island Grade School, 20th and Central Ave in Ship Bottom. There will be strict guidelines to follow in order to obtain a heater:

  • Please bring some proof of primary residency (driver’s license, deed, tax bill, etc). 
  • Driver’s will be required to enter on 20th street and central ave then look for Police Officers for further direction.

Heaters will be given out to primary residents, 1 HEATER PER HOUSEHOLD and on a first come first serve basis

Handling Damaged Electrical Systems


Please refer to the following links for safety info with regards to flooded electrical systems in your home and/or business’.

South wire link:
http://www.southwire.com/support/GuidelinesForHandlingWaterDamagedElecWireAndCable.htm 

AC electric link:
http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/welcome/news/releases/archives/2012/article.aspx?cid=2211

Holgate Residents


Residents and contractors will be allowed access to Holgate on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please have your appropriate placard in the window for identification, along with your drivers license.

Residents are encouraged to collect their medication, insurance papers, and other important personal affects.

There will be no demolition and/or construction allowed in Holgate. Winterization only.

Long Beach Township inspectors will be performing interior flood damage assessment prior to allowing Atlantic City Electric to restore power. Owners are encouraged to allow access to interiors of homes. Oceanfront homes posted UNSAFE and other posted structures may not be accessed for safety reasons.

LBT Construction Department will be staffed Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18.

There will be NO utilities on. Further information to follow.

Donations


Long Beach Island Office of Emergency Management is announcing that public donation of supplies, i.e, clothing, toiletries, cleaning items, toys, non-perishable food, etc., will be available for distribution to Island residents starting Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Long Beach Island Grade School located at 19th and Central, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Illegal Contractor Solicitation


The Long Beach Township Police Department would like to remind its residents that it is illegal for contractors to solicit services door to door without approval from the Township Board of Commissioners.

Be advised that as of this time there is no demolition or construction permitted until further notice. When demolition and construction are permitted, it is still subject to the building permit process. Contractors are still permitted to winterize and secure their customer’s homes.

Hiring Contractors


The Long Beach Island Joint Emergency Operations Center would like to remind the citizens that in the aftermath of Sandy, contractors of all kinds will invariably be coming to the area seeking to perform work. We are asking everyone to be careful when dealing with an unknown contractor.

It is recommended that you be sure the contractor is registered with the State of New Jersey by checking them through the Better Business Bureau (www.newjersey.bbb.org) and through the Department of Consumer Affairs (www.njconsumeraffairs.gov). Get a written and signed contract from the contractor before any work is performed.

Do not pay by cash or with a check written to “cash”, instead make the check out to the company name. DO NOT pay the entire amount up front, pay an agreed upon portion then pay in full when the work is completed.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beach Replensihment Easements


Long Beach Township needs Ocean Front Property Owners to sign their beach replenishment easements. This will allow Long Beach Township to take emergent action at this time to stabilize your eroded property. Contact 609-361-6632 or e-mail mancini at longbeachtownship.com

Friday, November 9, 2012

Re-Entry Details


The governor has approved the re-entry plan.

Bridge will be open on 11/10/12 at 6am.

ALL LBI residents, except Holgate, with re-entry placard or proof of ownership/residency, (Deed, tax bill, utility bill, drivers license etc…), and registered contractors. Homeowners and contractors will be allowed to begin demolition. All insurance adjusters and inspectors are permitted with documentation and work order.

All trash and refuse can be placed at curb, do not put in street or block fire hydrants. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK ACCESS TO UTILITY METERS OR UTLITY SERVICE ON YOUR PROPERTY.

There will be a curfew in effect between the hours of 11pm-5am, that will be strictly enforced.

Please be aware that some areas of the island are still without sewer, water and/or electric. The entire island is without gas and as of this time the water is not potable and a boil water advisory is still in effect. Water must be boiled for a minimum of one minute to be safe.

The military assets on LBI have been mostly reassigned from a security mission to an engineering assignment, however they are still assisting with security in some areas including Holgate.

Animal Shelter


All animals from Toms River North, Pinelands Regional Middle School, and Burlington County are being housed in our Ocean County Barnegat Facility by the Humane Society of the United States. Anyone who wants to pick up their animal or is looking for their animal can call: 609-384-0300. If a person is not sure if their animal is at Barnegat, than they can call the PetFinder Hotline at 732-349-0150 ext 1030.

Louisiana State Police


The LSP has been assisting in search and rescue, patrol operations, and security since they arrived a couple of days after Sandy struck the area.


PICTURED:  The Louisiana State Police (LSP) who have been assisting on and in the Long Beach Island area present a Louisiana State Police Hat to Mayor Joe Mancini and Chief Michael Bradley of Long Beach Township.  Pictured left to right, Front Row: Sgt. Joey Adaway, Trooper James Benoit, Trooper Trent Hanks, Mayor Joseph Mancini, Sgt. Wayne Richard, Chief Michael Bradley, Trooper Michael Davis. Back Row: Trooper Tim Barlow, Trooper 1st Class Brett McKee, Trooper Jonathan Neck, Trooper Eric Regan and Trooper Tony Efthemes. 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Attention residents coming to Holgate on Friday 11/9/12


Due to safety issues, Atlantic City Electric will be shutting down power from Susan Ave to the South end of Holgate. Please bring flashlights and be aware there will be no electric. This has been done to ensure that the residents can safely access their homes.

Contractor


As of 12:00 p.m. CONTRACTORS (with contractor placards only) will be allowed on LBI to continue to secure, winterized and clean up outside property only. NO construction and NO demolition. Those who are found to be doing any construction or demolition will be escorted off the island. No new placards will be issued today.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sheltered Residents of Long Beach Island


The Long Beach Island Joint Office of Emergency Management is offering sheltered residents (residents that have been in shelters) of Long Beach Island the opportunity to return to the island to check their residences, collect their valuables and personal necessities on Friday, November 9, 2012. Please call (609) 389-0524 for more information.

Hurricane Sandy Update


Water - A generator has been delivered to the Brant Beach pumping station, all water is up and running except Holgate, North Beach and Beach Haven.

Sewer - All sewer is up and running, except Holgate.

Storm Drains - Are in the beginning stages of being cleared of mud, sand and debris. Storm drains around Long Beach Twp Municipal and Police are clear.

Oceanfront - Public works has created a temporary dune/berm at a minimum of 8ft high on all Long Beach Township beaches.

Streets - All streets are accessible, private tracts and easements are not clear.

Drinking Water - BOIL ALL WATER FOR DRINKING/CLEANING

Military Assets - Are working to restore the beaches.

Security - Along with all our local law enforcement we are utilizing many different organizations including but not limited to Ocean County Sheriffs Department, Ocean County Prosecutors Office, New Jersey State Police, US Military, Louisiana State Police along with Florida Fish and Game.

Health Department - There is mental health assistance available. We are working to get our residents that are in shelters, into temporary housing closer to their homes.

(Toll free Disaster Mental Health Helpline 877-294-HELP. A TTY line is available for persons who are deaf and hearing impaired 877-294-4356.)

Re-entry - This will continue to increase with less restrictions on a timely basis, based on the effects of the current nor’easter pending conditions are safe.

Volunteers/Donations - Can sign up on www.lbieoc.org. North Beach/Holgate reentry still planned for Friday 11/9.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bridge Closure


The Long Beach Island Joint Emergency Management would like to advise that the Rt72/Causeway bridge will be closed to all eastbound traffic starting Wednesday 11-7 at 1:00 pm until Friday 11-9 at 6:00 am, due to the incoming Nor’easter. High tide at the bridge will be approximately 4:00 pm so we are insisting that all traffic be off the Island by 1:00 pm. Should there be any variation in the weather, these closure times will be changed accordingly. Please do not call the Police Station or Emergency Management trailer for questions regarding this announcement, utilize LBIEOC.ORG to monitor any changes with the bridge and all other storm related information.

Residential and Business Cleanup Assistance


To help New Jersey residents as they cleanup homes and businesses after Hurricane Sandy, the Department of Health has public health experts available through the state’s 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water safety and mold removal. To reach public health experts, call 2-1-1 or 1-866-234-0964. Public Health officials are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The 2-1-1 human services hotline is open 24/7 Residents and businesses should direct inquiries for hiring contractors and checking credentials through the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs 1-800-242-5846 and the Better Business Bureau (609) 588-0808. Additional information can be found through www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov

Holgate & North Beach Residents


The Long Beach Township Office of Emergency Management would like to advise those that reside in Holgate and North Beach section of Long Beach Township that they will be allowed access to their homes on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please have your appropriate placard in the window for identification, along with your drivers license. Residents are encouraged to collect their medication, insurance papers, and other important personal affects. There will be no demolition and/or construction allowed.

Please place debris and trash away from the easement so emergency vehicles can have access if need be. Parking will be in designated marked areas -- look for patrol officers for direction. Remember we are under a state water restriction, therefore no use of the hose, power washing or any other use of water. Also, the water in those sections are not drinkable so do not drink the water.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Building Contractors


The Long Beach Island Joint Emergency Operations Center would like to advise resident homeowners that they are allowing New Jersey State Licensed Plumbers and Electricians, and registered builders and home caretaking companies to come on the island to secure homes (shut off utilities and winterize homes). There will be no building of any sort allowed. This is to secure homes only!

All plumbers, electricians and home caretaking companies should have documentation (work order or other proof of work) that allows them to be on property. Homeowners should contact their respective contractors and make sure they have proper documentation. All plumbers, electricians and home caretaking companies that will be working within the Joint Emergency Operation Towns (Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars, and Barnegat Light) are to report to the Long Beach Township Municipal Complex where they will be registered and issued a contractors pass.

Homeowners will not be permitted on the Island.

Mandatory Water Restrictions Are In Effect, the use of water is prohibited.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Limited Re-entry Instructions


Long Beach Island will be open to residents only, on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Entry will take place from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. No one will be permitted to enter after 12:00 noon.

Due to unsafe conditions, there will be no access for residences of Holgate and North Beach.

Residents must show their re-entry placard, driver’s license showing an LBI address or proof of residence (i.e., tax bill, deed, etc.).

Hurricane Sandy Updated Status


November 3, 2012  9 p.m.
Workers are continuing to work to restore utilities on Long Beach Island. Crews have been working diligently to restore power and gas services. Currently there is no water or sewer service in the southern part of the island.

The Long Beach Island Health Department is monitoring any health issues that may arise. Efforts are being made to repair these utilities also. Road crews are working with outside contractors to clear roads from sand and debris. Many areas are impassable on both ends of the island.

There has been damage to may ocean front homes as well as many in the Holgate section of Long Beach Island. There are teams out actively assessing this damage on roadways and on properties.

The local municipalities are being supported by Ocean County assets as well as the National Guard.  A curfew has been put in place for all towns on Long Beach Island. No One is allowed out from 6 PM to 6 AM. This is being strictly enforced by the Island Police Departments, State Police, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. The State Police and The Ocean County Sheriffs Department are actively patrolling the waters around the island to prevent people entering by boat. No one should be returning to the island except for those contractors and resources that have bee requested by the towns.

Anyone that is still left on Long Beach Island is urged to self-evacuate of call the police department for assistance in evacuating. The shelter at Southern Regional High School is still open and accepting evacuees.

Anyone with pets that were left in homes may call the police department in their town and arrangements can be made to retrieve those animals. Alternatively, email bkerlin@lbtpd.org to make a report.

There is has been no date established for people to return to the island. Information on this will be sent out when it is known. People are asked contact police only for emergencies. This will expedite recovery.

The Offices of Emergency Management will keep the community informed on the progress as it is made. Local officials are working diligently on behalf of their citizens to minimize a prolonged evacuation of the island.