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, 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

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.

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.
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:

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:

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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