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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

$100 Million Home Elevation Program Launched To Protect Homeowners From Future Flood and Storm Damage


Eligible Homeowners Can Apply for Up to $30,000 Reimbursement Grants 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Elevation Program is a reimbursement grant program designed to help homeowners with the elevation of their primary single-family residences to meet the requirements of the flood insurance risk maps in flood-prone communities. The program is limited to the Sandy-impacted communities of Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union. There are no income requirements for the program and FEMA registration is not required in order to apply. Eligible applicants can receive reimbursement of up to $30,000 for elevations on existing single-family homes.

As part of the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ housing initiative, an application can be made to both the Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program and the HMGP Elevation Program, but homeowners may receive a grant award from only one of the programs. Homes targeted for buyout under the state’s HMGP acquisition program are not eligible to participate. Additionally, federal regulations restrict homeowners who have already begun elevation work from applying.

Homeowners can use any elevation contractor registered in New Jersey that is qualified to do the work. Once all necessary documents are received and the home elevation is completed, the homeowner will be reimbursed for all eligible expenses.

The HMGP Elevation Program application period is now open and closes on September 15, 2013.

Eligible homeowners can apply for elevation grant assistance at http://www.renewjerseystronger.org/hmgp/, by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946), or by visiting one of the Housing Recovery Centers open in each of the nine most-impacted counties.

NOTE: Individuals must apply to the HMGP Elevation Program directly regardless of whether they previously submitted Letters of Intent (LOI) or online applications with their local municipal governments.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sandy-Impacted Homeowners Have Until August 1 to Apply for RREM and Resettlement Programs

Sandy-impacted homeowners have until August 1, 2013 to apply for the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) and Homeowner Resettlement Programs. After August 1, applications will no longer be accepted for the two grant programs. Eligible homeowners can apply for grant assistance online at www.renewjerseystronger.org, by phone at 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946), or in person at any one of the Housing Recovery Centers open in each of the nine counties most affected by Superstorm Sandy (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union).

The initial application period for the grant programs ended on June 30, 2013. Applications received between June 30th and August 1st will be considered after all the applications from the initial application period have been processed, including those that were placed on the wait list. People on the wait list and people who applied after June 30th will be considered for a possible grant award when additional federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funding becomes available, which is expected this fall.

Locations of the nine Housing Recovery Centers are as follows: 
  • ATLANTIC: 500 Scarborough Dr., Suite 101, Egg Harbor Twp 
  • BERGEN: 140 E. Ridgewood Ave., 1st Floor, South Tower, Paramus 
  • CAPE MAY: 3860 Bayshore Rd., Suite 5, North Cape May 
  • ESSEX: 153 Halsey Street, 2nd Floor, Newark 
  • HUDSON: 438 Summit Ave., 6th Floor, Jersey City 
  • MIDDLESEX: 1 Metroplex Dr., Edison 
  • MONMOUTH: 3 Paragon Way, Suite150, Freehold NJ 
  • OCEAN: 750 Vassar Ave., Suite 1, Lakewood Twp 
  • UNION: 150 Morris Ave., Suite 101, Springfield

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Long Beach Island Health Department


Press Release
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and New Jersey Department of Health (DOH), in cooperation with municipal and county governments, are doing everything possible to ensure recreational beaches are safe and clear of debris. However, the ocean is dynamic. Currents and waves may uncover storm debris at any time. You should always be aware of your surroundings when entering the ocean. All beachgoers should use common sense and caution while on beaches and swimming. Always use beaches with lifeguards.

On Sunday evening July 14, 2013, the Long Beach Island Health Department was notified by the Beach Haven Police Department that small pieces of metal were observed and collected along the shoreline between 11Th and 14Th Street in the Borough of Beach Haven. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was notified through the emergency hotline at 1-877-WARNDEP. The pieces of material appear similar to the wiring of old dune fencing that may have been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. A survey on Monday morning July 15, 2013, of 17 blocks from 2Nd Street in Beach Haven to 19Th Street in North Beach Haven, collected about a dozen pieces of this material.

Beach patrols have been notified and are directed to canvass their beaches. Should material be identified that presents a safety concern, the area should be closed and if possible relocate the swimming area to another beach.

Who should I contact if I see debris at the beach? You should immediately contact a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, call the local police, the local health department, or the DEP hotline at  1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337) or by email to waterwaydebris@dep.state.nj.us.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Assistance Grant Application Update

Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) and Homeowner Resettlement Notifications Set for Week of July 8, 2013 

The initial application period for the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ housing assistance grants for homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy closed yesterday, June 30, 2013. All applications received during the initial application period will be in the first group processed. Grant selection will be prioritized for homeowners with the most damage (i.e., substantial, severe and major) and those households in one of the nine most impacted counties with the greatest financial need. To ensure that all homeowners that applied during the initial application period have an equal chance to be selected, the order in which applicants are selected will be determined by an electronic random ordering process.

Beginning the week of July 8, 2013, all applicants for the Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) and/or Homeowner Resettlement grants by June 30 will notified of the status of their application. The letter will inform them either that they have been selected to receive a grant award, they did not meet the eligibility requirements, or they have been placed on the program’s wait list.

Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for both grant programs were very limited, as a result, we will not be able to provide grants to all eligible applicants. When additional funds are made available by the federal government in the coming months, applicants on the wait list may be able to receive a grant through the RREM or Resettlement program at that time.

For more information regarding the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ housing assistance grants, including eligibility information and application instructions, please visit www.renewjerseystronger.org.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Storm Relief Grant Programs

Long Beach Township would like to send this reminder to primary residents of the town. You may be eligible to register for the following two storm relief grant programs that are being administered by the State of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs. Even if you have applied for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) you should also register for these programs. The HMGP application is still pending and any updates will be posted on the township website and joint emergency management page.

To register for either of the State progams:

1) The Homeowner Resettlement Program and/or

2) The Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Programs

Please either visit the website at www.renewjerseystronger.org call the State hotline at 1-855-726-3946 or visit the recovery center located at 750 Vassar Avenue, Suite 1 Lakewood NJ.

The “reNew Jersey Stronger” Housing Initiative was launched May 24 to encourage and assist homeowners to reconstruct and resettle in their primary residences. The Stronger NJ Business Loan Program will be launched in July to help local businesses recover and expand within storm-impacted communities.

For information homeowners are directed to contact the State hotline.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Flood Insurance and Mitigation Helpline Is Now Available

TRENTON, NJ ─ New Jersey residents with questions about the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques have a helpline to call to get the most up-to-date information.

The number is 1-877-287-9804 for people who need information about flood insurance, the latest maps, or other mitigation topics and issues. Policyholders with questions or concerns about their claims may also speak with NFIP specialists.

The helpline operates from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Additional information is available at www.floodsmart.gov.

More information on New Jersey disaster recovery is available online at www.fema.gov/disaster/4086 or www.state.nj.us/njoem. FEMA is also on Twitter at twitter.com/femasandy and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/femasandy. For information on ways of building stronger, safer and smarter, visit www.fema.gov.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Waterway Debris

SOUTHERN REGION:
To Date: 
  • Total cubic yards of debris removed (inland): 10,090 
  • Total large debris (vessels, cars, etc.): 0 
  • Total verified acres surveyed by side-scan sonar: 14,568 
  • Estimated hydrographic survey acres: 0 
  • Total targets identified: 2,527 
  • Total targets retrieved: 97 
  • Total targets disqualified/below draft depth: 138 
Yesterday’s Operations: 
  • Target and debris removal to the surge line in Zone 8 along the eastern shores and creeks of the mainland near Westecunk Creek working south to Middle Creek, Brigantine Harbor to Steelman Bay and along Bonita Tideway, Golden Hammock Thorofare, and Wading Thorofare, Waterfront Marina, All Seasons Marina, Patcong Creek, Great Egg Harbor River, Tuckahoe River, Pleasantville Marina, Sea Village Marina, Waterfront Marina, Broad Thorofare, Anchorage Point, the ship channel near Somers Point, Patcong Creek, Cedarville Creek area, and Greenwich Marina. Target and debris removal was completed in DOT Channels #145 and #139. Side scan sonar survey conducted in Zone 8 along the southern perimeter of the eastern shores of the mainland, Zone 9 along eastern and western bay perimeters from of Little Egg Harbor area, Zone 11 in the Delaware Bay south of Bidwell Creek. Hydrographic surveys were conducted in Zone 11 at Avalon, Minmar and All Seasons marinas. 
  • The side scan sonar crew working in the Delaware Bay had to return early due to rough seas. 
Forecasted Operations: 
  • Thursday: Hand removal of debris will continue in the surge line along the eastern shoreline and creek of the mainland near the Middle Creek area, Cedarville, and Greenwich. Target and debris removal to continue in Zone 8 DOT Channels, Brigantine Harbor, Rum Point, Patcong Creek area, All Seasons Marina, Minmar Marina, and Avalon Anchorage. Side scan sonar will continue in Zone 9 along the perimeter of bay areas, and Zone 11 in the Delaware Bay south of Bidwell Creek. Hydrographic surveys continuing in Zone 11 at Waterfront, Sea Village and Pleasantville marinas. 
  • Four day outlook: Debris removal along the east side of the mainland in Zone 8 near Mill Creek. Target and debris removal near Absecon Inlet and Bay, Brigantine Harbor, Rum Point, Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Ventnor, Back Creek, Dividing Creek, and Cedar Creek areas. 
Report debris at 1-877-WARN-DEP or at waterwaydebris@dep.state.nj.us. Additional information available at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/wwdebris.htm

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Atlantic City Electric Presents Merit of Excellence Award

Utility Recognizes Long Beach Island Emergency Operations Center

MAYS LANDING, N.J. – Atlantic City Electric presented its annual Merit of Excellence Award for Commitment to Public Safety to the Long Beach Island Emergency Operations Center for its significant contribution in supporting Atlantic City Electric’s communication and restoration efforts during Hurricane Sandy. The presentation was made May 8 during the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

“The Long Beach Island Emergency Operations Center played a critical role in assisting Atlantic City Electric in its restoration efforts through relaying critical and timely information to first responders, emergency managers and community leaders, among others,” said Tom Born, Atlantic City Electric Manager of Emergency Management .

During Hurricane Sandy, Long Beach Island activated its newly created Emergency Operations Center to streamline communications efforts between various agencies during this extreme weather event. Because centralized communications were established at this location, Atlantic City Electric was able to deliver coordinated messaging through one location and have these messages distributed island wide.

The Emergency Operations Center was spearheaded by Long Beach Township Police Chief and the Township’s Office of Emergency Management’s coordinator Michael Bradley, and Mayor Joseph Mancini. The Emergency Operations Center included the Long Beach Island Office of Emergency Management staffed by personnel of neighboring island communities, FEMA, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey National, United States Army Reserves and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Long Beach Island in Ocean County had experienced extensive damage and the most electrical infrastructure damage in Atlantic City Electric’s service territory. Through direct communication with the Emergency Operations Center, Long Beach Island personnel assisted Atlantic City Electric crews in accessing electric infrastructure in areas littered by a tremendous amount of storm debris.

“This is only one example of how Long Beach Island Emergency Operations Center assisted us during our restoration process,” said Born.

The Merit of Excellence Award for Commitment to Public Safety helps promote and honor an individual or organization that has committed time and talent to residents and visitors in Southern New Jersey. Atlantic City Electric supports the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, which provides resources for safety initiatives, education, recruitment and retention activities, and scholarship opportunities for police, fire, and emergency management officials.

Find additional information by visiting www.atlanticcityelectric.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/acelecconnect. Our mobile app is available atwww.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

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Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 545,000 customers in southern New Jersey.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Waterway Debris

SOUTHERN REGION:
To Date:
  • Total cubic yards of debris removed (inland): 8,477 
  • Total large debris (vessels, cars, etc.): 0 
  • Total verified acres surveyed by side-scan sonar: 7,687 
  • Total targets identified: 2,527 
  • Total targets retrieved: 97 
  • Total targets disqualified/below draft depth: 138 

Today’s Operations:
  • •Hand removal of debris up to the surge line along the eastern shoreline near Mill Creek. Target and debris removal continued in the Brigantine area, Bulkheaded shoreline of Brigantine Island, Rum Point area, and near Atlantic City/Ventnor. Side scan sonar Oyster Creek, Parker Town Beach, Ham Island area, and Southwicks Marina. 

Forecasted Operations:
  • Tuesday: Debris removal along the eastern shoreline and creeks of the mainland and the eastern shores of Long Beach Island. Target and debris removal in the areas of Clam, Beach Duck, Newfound Thorofare, Windmill Farm, Rum Point, the north side of Rte. 30, Brigantine Harbor, West Atlantic City, Lakes Bay DOT channel, and the Cohansey River. Hand removal of debris in the area of Cedarville. Side scan sonar near the islands off the western cost of Long Beach Island, Delaware Bay, and Bidwell Creek in Cape May County. 
  • Four Day Outlook: Debris removal along the east side of the mainland in Zone 8 near Mill Creek. Target and debris removal near Absecon Inlet and Bay, Brigantine Harbor, Rum Point, Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Ventnor and Cedar Creek areas. 

Report debris at 1-877-WARN-DEP or at waterwaydebris@dep.state.nj.us. Additional information available at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/wwdebris.htm

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Jerseyans Have Two Weeks Left To Register For FEMA Assistance

TRENTON, N.J. — Hurricane Sandy survivors who had storm-related damages in New Jersey have just two weeks left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Residents must register for disaster assistance by midnight (EDT), May 1.

Survivors can register online and check on the status of their applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362.

May 1 is also the deadline to return applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans, which are the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding. Survivors can apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan by filling out an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela by midnight, May 1.

Survivors who applied for federal disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with FEMA and SBA. Applicants should notify FEMA and SBA of changes to their mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.

FEMA staff is available at the disaster recovery centers to provide clarification to letters, assist survivors with finding a temporary home if their primary residence was damaged or destroyed, check on the status of applications for assistance or refer survivors to other agencies that may provide additional help.

Residents are reminded that three disaster recovery centers will transition Saturday, April 20, and reopen Monday, April 22, as Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Centers.

The DRCs transitioning are located at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center in Leonardo, the Little Egg Harbor Senior Center in Little Egg Harbor Township and the Ocean County Southern Resource Center in Manahawkin.

Residents may choose to visit the remaining disaster recovery centers in New Jersey, located in Ocean, Cape May, Hudson, Atlantic and Monmouth counties. Survivors can locate the address of their nearest center by going to FEMA.gov/DRC or calling 800-621-3362.

As of April 15, more than $384 million in grants has been approved for home repairs or replacement, rental assistance and other needs. Another $718.9 million in SBA low-interest disaster loans has been approved for more than 10,900 homes and businesses.

For more information about the SBA, call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Friday, at 800-659-2955 OR TTY 800-877-8339. Survivors may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants also may visit the SBA Web site at sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Additional resources are available online at FEMA.gov/SandyNJ and SBA.gov/Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Waterway Debris

SOUTHERN REGION:
To Date:
  • Total cubic yards of debris removed (inland): 6,064
  • Total large debris (vessels, cars, etc.): 0
  • Total verified acres surveyed by side-scan sonar: 7,786
  • Total targets identified: 2677
  • Total targets retrieved: 67
  • Total targets disqualified/below draft depth: 62
Today’s Operations:
  • Debris recovery in Mill Creek, Null Creek, Beach Haven West, Barrel Island, and Mordecai. Mill Creek has been completed.
  • Relocated to a new TOLS (Zone 8) at West Osborn Ave, Holgate, Long Beach Twp.
Forecasted Operations:
  • Debris recovery will begin on West Creek and the western shores of Long Beach Island between Brant Beach and Holgate.
  • Operations in Zone 11 will expand to include debris recovery on the west canals of Atlantic City and Pleasantville. Debris recovery in the Maurice River will continue.
  • For the next week, debris recovery operations will take place around Beach Haven West, Wetecunk Creek, Long Point, Little Island, Shelter Island, Barrel Island, Seven Islands; and within Steelman’s Bay, west canals of Atlantic City and Pleasantville, the Maurice River, and Fortescue State Marina.
Report debris at 1-877-WARN-DEP or at waterwaydebris@dep.state.nj.us.

Friday, April 12, 2013

FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs)

FEMA will talk about the ABFE, how the maps were designed, the process now and going forward, and the regulations that governed that process. This program is free and open to the public.

LBI Branch of the Ocean County Library
Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Seating is limited to 75, please register by calling the branch at (609) 494-2480.

Hurricane Sandy Waterway Debris

Long Beach Township Office of Emergency will be updating the public with information regarding debris cleanup in our water ways. Periodic updates will be provided as we receive them from the DEP and the contractors involved in the cleanup process. Just so you are aware Long Beach Island is located in Zones 7(Barnegat Light to Causeway Bridge), Zone 8( Bridge to Little Egg Inlet) and Zone 9 (Little Egg Inlet to Atlantic City). Report any debris information to the number provided below. Below is a current update.

CENTRAL REGION:
To Date:
  • Total cubic yards of debris removed (inland): 9,305
  • Total large debris (vessels, cars, etc.): 9 vessels, 3 vehicles
  • Total verified acres surveyed by side-scan sonar: 7,803
  • Total targets identified: 953
  • Total targets retrieved: 592
Today’s Operations:
  • Recovered debris near Lavallette, Seaside Heights, and Toms River. ~613.4 cubic yards recovered.
  • Performed side scan sonar surveys west of the State Park.
Forecasted Operations:
  • Will continue debris recovery in the areas of Toms River, Lavallette, and Seaside Heights.
  • Side scan sonar surveys will continue in Zone 6 west of the State Park.
SOUTHERN REGION:
To Date:
  • Total cubic yards of debris removed (inland): 4,956
  • Total large debris (vessels, cars, etc.): 0
  • Total verified acres surveyed by side-scan sonar: 7,786
  • Total targets identified: 2,677
  • Total targets retrieved: 67
  • Total targets disqualified/below draft depth: 62
Today’s Operations:
  • Continued debris recovery on Egg and Cedar Bonnet Island. Expected that both islands will be complete Thursday. Continued debris recovery around Mystic Island and in marinas on the Maurice River and the approach to the river.
Forecasted Operations:
  • Continue debris recovery on Cedar Bonnet, Egg, and Thoroughfare Islands, as well as Mystic Island, and both the northern and southern ends of the Maurice River.
  • Debris recovery on Thoroughfare Island will continue for the next three days.
  • Debris recovery on Mystic Island will continue for the next week.
  • Debris recovery at the approach to Maurice River and on the Maurice River will continue for the next five days.
Report debris at 1-877-WARN-DEP

Additional information available at:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/wwdebris.htm

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Christie Administration Gears Up For Busy Recreational Fishing And Boating Season Along The Jersey Shore; Last Of Recreational Use Advisories Lifted For Raritan Bay (13/P34)

TRENTON – With recreational fishing and boating season getting into gear, the Christie Administration today released a “Jersey Shore Open for Boating” fact sheet and flier to educate the public on having a safe time on the water.

“Governor Christie and I are committed to ensuring that our coastal communities are open for tourism and recreation this season after all our state has been through because of Superstorm Sandy,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.

“We have come a long way. Marinas and charter fishing operations are gearing up for the season , and water quality is excellent,” Commissioner Martin said. “We want everyone to know that New Jersey’s waterways are open for your enjoyment. We just ask you to use common sense and caution as cleanup continues.”

“The waterways in some areas may be very different than before Superstorm Sandy, and boaters need to be aware of obstacles and adjust their speed accordingly for safety,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "Everyone is reminded to be mindful of their surroundings and always follow commonsense measures, such as wearing personal flotation devices."

“The companies cleaning up the coast are doing a great job. The Governor is on top of it,” said Fred Brueggemann, incoming president of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey. “We know that Barnegat Bay has been a priority of his since he took office long before the storm. We look forward to working with the DEP and DOT to ensure a wonderful boating season.”

The DEP continues to monitor water quality along the entire coastline, with all test results meeting recreational use standards. The DEP recently lifted the recreational fishing and boating advisory in place for Raritan Bay since Superstorm Sandy hit at the end of October. As a result, all recreational use advisories have now been lifted across the state.

The DEP will continue to work with the New Jersey Department of Health as well as county and local health agencies to ensure protection of water quality and the safety of the public now and into the summer season. Recreational bathing beaches will be thoroughly monitored, with any closings posted on the DEP’s website at www.njbeaches.org

State contractors under the direction of the DEP have been focusing on removing debris from bays, channels, rivers, inlets and other coastal waters since the beginning of March, removing pieces of structures, docks, bulkheads, boats, and cars. Priority is being given to areas that pose a threat to public safety and the environment or impede navigation.

The DEP is working with the NJ Department of Transportation, the Marine Services Bureau of the State Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and municipalities to assess boating safety as cleanup progresses.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has been doing sonar surveys and marking areas where debris is to be removed from state navigation channels. The Army Corps of Engineers has also been working on clearing the Intracoastal Waterway of debris.

“Our focus during waterway debris removal remains on public safety,” Commissioner Martin said. “While this work is ongoing, it is imperative that boaters be particularly attentive while out on the water.”

Boaters should travel at slower speeds, always wear personal flotation devices and stay tuned to Channel 16 for public safety alerts. They are advised that some navigation channels may have shifted or become shoaled. Anyone observing floating or submerged debris should report this to the DEP at 1-877- WARNDEP.

To view the flier and fact sheet visit:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/waterways-open-boater-flyer.pdf http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/faq-boaters.pdf

For more information on the waterway debris removal effort, visit:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/wwdebris.htm

Follow on Twitter: @NJBeachReport.

Construction Debris

We would like to remind all residents and contractors that residential sand and construction debris are no longer being picked up by Long Beach Township. We ask that all construction debris be placed in containers as per construction code. Additionally, do not place unwanted sand or gravel in the street. It is the homeowners responsibility to dispose of it in a legal manner.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Waterway Debris

Southern Region
To Date:
  • Total cubic yards of debris removed: 3,575.9 cubic yards.
  • Total verified acres surveyed by side-scan sonar: 7,004 acres (not yet verified)
Today’s Operations:
  • Low water hindered operations at Flat Island and High Island today.
  • Targets were recovered in the Great Bay Marina, which is now considered complete of visual and targeted debris. A total of 129 cubic yards of debris were recovered today.
Forecasted Operations:
  • Debris recovery will continue at Flat Island and High Island, as well as Mystic Island between Twin Lakes Road and Radio Road.
  • Maurice River debris recovery will continue and is expected to be completed of visual and targeted debris over the weekend.
Report debris at 1-877-WARN-DEP

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Two Weeks Left To Register For Federal Disaster Assistance

TRENTON, N.J. — Hurricane Sandy survivors who had storm-related damages in New Jersey have just two weeks left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal disaster assistance applications are due by Monday, April 1.

April 1 is also the deadline to return applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans, which is the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding. Survivors can apply for an SBA disaster home or business loans by filling out an online application at www.DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ela.

Survivors who applied for federal disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with FEMA and SBA. Applicants should notify FEMA and SBA of changes to their mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.

Survivors can register online and check on the status of their applications at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Recovery assistants remain available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

There are nine disaster recovery centers open in Atlantic, Cape May, Hudson, Monmouth and Ocean counties. FEMA staff is available at the centers to provide clarification to letters, assist survivors with finding a temporary home if their primary residence was damaged or destroyed, check on the status of applications for assistance or refer survivors to other agencies that may provide additional help. Survivors can locate their nearest center by going to FEMA.gov/DRC.

Survivors can ask questions about their SBA disaster home or business loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Additional resources are available online at www.FEMA.gov/SandyNJ and www.SBA.gov/Sandy

Friday, March 8, 2013

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

The House Raising Hazard Mitigation Grant Program application deadline is Friday, March 15. Go to www.longbeachtownship.com for information on how to submit a letter of intent or call 609-361-6641. Information can also be picked up in the Recycling office at the Township municipal building.

Christie Administration Announces Extension of FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program

Sandy-Displaced Families Can Receive Assistance Through March 22, 2013
TRENTON, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program has been extended at the Administration’s request for an additional 14 days to the end of March 22, 2013. The extension means eligible households can receive TSA assistance through March 22 with a check-out date of March 23, 2013.

“Many of our Sandy-displaced families remain in need of assistance as they continue to locate a more permanent housing solution,” said Governor Christie. “I thank FEMA for their continued recognition of the challenges and continued needs faced by these families, as well as their work with my Administration to ensure they have the relief they need. The extension will give these families additional time to work out a housing solution that meets their needs.”

FEMA activated its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy at New Jersey’s request. The program allows eligible survivors who cannot return to their homes because of damage caused by the storm to stay in participating hotels or motels until more suitable housing is available. Individuals and households in the program had to register with FEMA for assistance; pass identity verification; and demonstrate that they are displaced from a primary residence located in a geographic area that is designated for TSA.

“By continuing our work with FEMA, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, the American Red Cross, and county welfare agencies, we’ve been able to help find permanent housing solutions and reduce the number of families needing TSA assistance by nearly half, from 1300 on February 7 to approximately 675 today,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “This extension will help us continue that work and find safe, appropriate housing solutions that meet the needs of the remaining families.”

In approving this latest TSA extension, FEMA set forth more stringent conditions for eligibility. Households are not eligible for extension if they have previously checked out of TSA hotels, their caseworkers recommend they not be extended, or they received housing assistance from a county program before Superstorm Sandy hit. Also, new families will not be eligible for the program unless FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer for New Jersey or his designee approves eligibility based on an extraordinary circumstance.

To help displaced families locate permanent housing, the DCA has partnered with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and with the non-profit organization Socialserve.com to frequently update and add new rental listings to the New Jersey Housing Resource Center, which is a free service at www.NJHRC.gov for people in search of affordable housing and for landlords who are looking to provide housing.

Owners of rental housing – be it furnished or unfurnished, with short-term leases or long-term leases – are urged to list available rental units on the Housing Resource Center. FEMA and relief workers are using the online site everyday to aid storm survivors locate housing. Landlords are also encouraged to adjust lease terms if needed to accommodate displaced families.

As of yesterday, approximately 675 Sandy-displaced New Jersey residents are being housed through the TSA program.

Individuals who have questions regarding their eligibility should contact the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA).

To register with FEMA, call the phone number listed above or visit www.disasterassistance.gov on the Internet.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Storm Advisory

This is the Long Beach Township Office of Emergency Management contacting you on March 7, 2013 with storm advisory information. The voluntary evacuation notice broadcast for specified ocean front homes on March 6, 2013 has been rescinded. Current weather conditions allow these homes to be repopulated at this time. We ask owners of ocean front homes, without signed beach easements, to report erosion concerns to Long Beach Twp. at 609-361-6632. The forecast calls for minor to moderate flood condition through Saturday. We anticipate flooding on Long Beach Blvd and low lying west side streets. Please monitor weather sources to assist with travel planning and protection of property.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Voluntary Evacuation

The current forecast through March 7th projects beach erosion, rain, snow, high wind and moderate to severe flooding. We recommend a voluntary evacuation of ocean front homes from 72nd Street in Brant Beach to 84th Street in Brighton Beach in addition to ocean front homes in Holgate. Expect, at times, for parts of Long Beach Blvd to be impassable on March 7. The high tide at 5:45 a.m., on March 7 is likely to flood parts of Long Beach Blvd on the south end of the island. Areas which are prone to bay flooding should secure property including moving cars to high ground. Monitor local weather sources and make plans in consideration of the forecast.

Weather Advisory

  • Low Pressure from the midwest is expected to intensify along the Virginia coast late Tuesday night, then move only slowly east -northeast through Friday. This will provide the region with a prolonged period of onshore flow.
  • Moderate tidal flooding is expected along the Atlantic Coast (both NJ and DE), Delaware Bay, and Raritan Bay, with pockets of major flooding possible, especially along the NJ coast. Minor tidal flooding is expected along the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River. Tides to watch are Wednesday afternoon and late Wednesday night, but some minor tidal flooding is even possible as early as the Wednesday morning high tide. Coastal Flood Watches have been issued.
  • Winds could gust to 60 MPH along the Delaware and southern NJ coasts. Gusts in the 35 to 45 mph range are possible further inland, even in eastern PA. High Wind Watches may be needed.
  • Based on current model tracks, around one-half inch of liquid equivalent precipitation (if it all fell as rain) is expected in the southern Poconos and northern New Jersey, with up to 2.0 inches possible in southern Delaware and Talbot and Caroline Counties. Final tallies will be highly dependent on the final track of the storm.
  • Mainly rain is expected in far southern NJ and along the NJ and DE coast. However, a complex mixture of rain and snow is expected inland. Up to 6 inches is possible in interior sections of the Delmarva and southeast PA. Winter Storm Watches have been posted and expanded for portions of the Mount Holly CWA. This will be a heavy wet snow, which combined with strong winds, could bring down trees and power lines.
  • No river flooding is expected from this event. • Please check our website for up-to-date information: www.weather.gov/phi
  • Another briefing package will be issued Tuesday afternoon. The briefing package is also available at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf

Monday, February 25, 2013

Five Days Remain To Register For Disaster Assistance In New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J.— Hurricane Sandy survivors in New Jersey have five days remaining to register for recovery assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Survivors can register by phone until 10 p.m. March 1 or online until midnight.

March 1 is also the deadline to return applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans, which is the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding. The quickest way to apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan is to fill out an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

New Jerseyans who applied for federal disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with FEMA and SBA. Applicants should notify FEMA and SBA of changes to their mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.

To date, more than $361.7 million in grants has been approved for home repairs or replacement, rental assistance and other needs. Another $495.7 million in SBA low-interest disaster loans has been approved for nearly 7,300 homes and businesses.

Survivors can register online and check on the status of their applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov until midnight March 1. They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Recovery assistants remain available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Survivors can ask questions about their SBA disaster home or business loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Additional resources are available online at FEMA.gov/SandyNJ and SBA.gov/Sandy.

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Jersey Disaster Recovery Centers To Close For Presidents Day

TRENTON, N.J. — Disaster recovery centers in New Jersey will close for Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 18. Small Business Administration disaster loan outreach and business recovery centers also will be closed.

The centers will resume normal hours Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Help and information are always available online or by phone. Survivors can check on the status of their disaster assistance applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using a smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov, or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS. They also can call those numbers to inquire about rental recertification.

Survivors can ask questions about their SBA disaster home or business loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Additional resources are available online at FEMA.gov/SandyNJ and SBA.gov/Sandy.

Survivors who have questions about flood insurance claims and the appeals process can call toll-free 888-379-9531.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Town Hall Information Fair

There will be a Town Hall Information Fair on Saturday February 16th from 10am-2pm. The Fair will be located at the St. Marys Community Center, behind St Marys Church, 100 Bishop Rd (off Mckinely Ave) in Stafford Twp. FEMA will have several entities (reps from ICC, HMGP, ABFE, along with others) available for residents/business owners to sit down with and get answers to questions regarding grants, house raising, flood elevation levels and more. There will also be representatives from each town to answer questions. We are encouraging everyone with questions to attend.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Disaster Recovery Center Hours Change Saturday

TRENTON, N.J. — Saturday hours for New Jersey disaster recovery centers will change to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 2. Monday through Friday the hours will remain 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Survivors can locate their closest center online at FEMA.gov/DRC.

Help and information are always available online or by phone. Survivors can apply for disaster assistance or check on the status of their applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using a smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov, or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS.

Survivors can ask questions about their Small Business Administration disaster home loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailingdisastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Additional resources are available online at FEMA.gov/SandyNJ.

There have been more than 67,000 survivor visits to New Jersey centers since opening in November.

Sand Removal

After February 20th Long Beach Township will no longer be accepting sand from private properties. Construction debris is no longer picked up by the town and must be stored in approved containers when placed outside. Sandy recovery efforts have resulted in increased traffic. We request that you adhere to all motor vehicle laws, including keeping to the right unless passing.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Help Is Available For Building To A Higher Standard

TRENTON, N.J. — For many New Jersey homeowners, rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy will mean meeting a higher standard – literally.

Communities up and down the Jersey coast are reviewing new advisory base flood elevation maps published in December by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The maps show how high buildings should be elevated to minimize damage from future flooding.

Building higher means higher costs, but federal resources may be available to help with the additional expense.

Flood insurance policyholders in high-risk areas, also known as special flood hazard areas, can get up to $30,000 to help pay the costs of meeting the requirements of their community's floodplain ordinance. The National Flood Insurance Program includes Increased Cost of Compliance coverage for all new and renewed standard flood insurance policies.

The money can be used to raise your home to, or above, the flood elevation level adopted by your local government or to move your home out of harm’s way. The Increased Cost of Compliance coverage can also be used to tear down and remove flood-damaged buildings.

Increased Cost of Compliance claims are paid only on flood-damaged homes in a high-risk area that don’t already comply with the local flood plain ordinances. The amount of flood damage has to be declared by local authorities as substantial. The coverage can only be used to pay for costs of meeting the floodplain management ordinance in your community.

For more information on ICC coverage, call your insurance company or agent, or call the NFIP toll-free at 800-427-4661 or TTY 800-427-5593. Information can also be found online at http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program.

Friday, January 25, 2013

FEMA Extends Deadline To Register For Hurricane Assistance

TRENTON, N.J. — Survivors of Hurricane Sandy now have until March 1, 2013, to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

People with storm losses in all counties in New Jersey can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Registration is also available by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.

The deadline was extended one month at the request of the state of New Jersey. Through Wednesday, Jan. 23, more than 57,500 storm survivors have been approved for help through FEMA’s Individual Assistance program in New Jersey.

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 and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The SBA has also set March 1 as the date for homeowners, renters and business owners to complete and return SBA disaster loan applications. Visit www.sba.gov or call 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339 for more information.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Construction Debris

Please be reminded that you are no longer permitted put any construction debris at the curb. Storage of outside construction debris is subject to the town’s container requirements. Also, do not put any sand at street ends.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Building Department Update

As of 1-14-2013 the Long Beach Township Building Dept would like to report that:
  • They have issued/approved 12 Substantial Damage Applications;
  • There will be staff available for face to face meetings to discuss the building permit process and that the permit process for repairing a home will be fast tracked;
  • There will be a temporary Certificate of Occupancy (CO) issued for those houses that will probably sold as is without repairs. These CO’s will be issued contingent upon the buyer obtaining a Final CO.;
  • There is a link on www.longbeachtownship.com that provides information pertaining to the new base flood requirements and house raising/ICC information.;
Homeowners can also call 609-361-6687 for house raising requirements and ICC program for damaged structures.

You can also call the Long Beach Township Bldg Dept at 609-361-6679 for more information.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Trash & Recycling

The 2013 Trash/Recycling calendar will be mailed out soon.

The winter curbside collection schedule for trash and recycling remains  the same until May 2013 so please follow the current January schedule until your new calendar arrives.

From this date forward:
  • Household Hazardous cannot be put out to the curb. There is an ongoing paint management program at the Southern Ocean County Recycling Center in Manahawkin 
  • Starting January 14 residents will need to resume calling in to schedule pick-up of appliances, brush and electronics 
    • Brush- Call 609-361-6676 by noon on Tuesdays for pick up on Wednesdays 
    • Appliances and electronics- call 609-361-6676 to get on the list for pick up
    • Concrete cannot be placed curbside and will not be picked up 
  • AshBritt is no longer picking up garbage. 
    • Do not place construction material at the curb. All construction debris needs to be disposed of in a dumpster, this includes sheet rock, insulation, plywood etc.. 
  • Reminder: Bulk waste can be placed out at the curb on regular trash days for pick up by Pinto Brothers, this includes household items such as furniture, carpet and fixtures etc.. 
  • All sand that is removed from your property is to be brought to Holgate to be sifted to remove solid material.
Go to the LBT DPW webpage at www.longbeachtownship.com/departments/publicworks.html

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Trash Pickup

From this date forward:
  • Household Hazardous cannot be put out to the curb. There is an ongoing paint management program at the Southern Ocean County Recycling Center in Manahawkin 
  • Starting January 14 residents will need to resume calling in to schedule pick-up of appliances, brush and electronics
    • Brush- Call 609-361-6676 by noon on Tuesdays for pick up on Wednesdays
    • Appliances and electronics- call 609-361-6676 to get on the list for pick up
    • Concrete cannot be placed curbside and will not be picked up 
  • Do not place construction material at the curb. All construction debris needs to be disposed of in a dumpster, this includes sheet rock, insulation, plywood etc.. 
  • Reminder: Bulk waste can be placed out at the curb on regular trash days for pick up by Pinto Brothers, this includes household items such as furniture, carpet and fixtures etc.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Transportation To Disaster Recovery Center In Harvey Cedars On Friday, Janaury 4th

The Long Beach Island Office of Emergency Management is offering to any resident who has not gone to or cannot get to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Harvey Cedars an opportunity to do so on Friday January 4th at 10:00am. We will be providing transportation to those who need it. Please call 609-361-2065 or 609-494-3322 to put your name, contact information and address on our list.

At the Disaster Recovery Center you can meet with FEMA representatives, including Small Business Administrators to discuss benefits. This applies to homeowners, business owners and renters.

Atlantic City Electric

If you are not able to safely accept electricity at your home or business due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, please call Atlantic City Electric’s Customer Care office at (800) 642-3780 to provide your name and address so that their records can be updated.