Emergency Management Coordinators Joint Command
David Bossi
Emergency Management Coordinator
Thomas Preiser
Emergency Management Coordinator/Chief
Jeff Miller
Emergency Management Coordinator
Michael Bradley
Emergency Management Coordinator/Chief
Bill Tromm
Emergency Management Coordinator

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