Keep Calm and Stay Monmouth StrongInformation about the county's efforts related to Superstorm Sandy recovery are posted here.  

The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management continues recovery operations for this storm and its impact on the county.

  • New support groups for Sandy survivors are being provided free of charge through Family Promise of Monmouth County. Read the brochure, also available in Spanish.
  • Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) webpage contains important information about this program (10/23/2013).
  • New Jersey has two dedicated hotlines for homeowners information about elevation pertaining to rebuilding. Read more
  • A Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group has been established to aid and assist residents affected by Sandy. Read more
  • An updated FEMA fact sheet is available here.
  • The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has initiated a county-wide task force to help Hurricane Sandy victims who fall prey to unscrupulous contractors, con artists and other storm opportunists. Read the press release or go to www.sandyfraud.com for more information.
  • The phone number for the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force is 855-SANDY39 or 855-726-3939.

Housing assistance is available to New Jersey survivors of Hurricane Sandy who have been displaced from their homes, who have little or no insurance, or whose homes have been rendered unsafe, unsanitary and not functional. Help includes temporary housing, and grants to repair and replace storm-damaged primary residences. FEMA offers rental assistance, transitional lodging in hotels and motels, and direct housing options.

FEMA provides grants to repair or replace essential disaster damaged or destroyed personal property, including furniture, clothing and automobiles, and provides assistance for transportation, medical and dental services, and funeral and burial costs to qualified survivors. In partnership with New Jersey, help for disaster survivors also includes legal assistance, crisis counseling and disaster unemployment assistance.

Survivors may register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Registration is available by phone or 711/VRS by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. For one-on-one assistance, visit a disaster recovery center and speak with a hazard mitigation specialist. Go online FEMA.Gov/DRC  to find the nearest location.

The Public Assistance grant program helps state and local governments and some nonprofit organizations recover from Hurricane Sandy. In New Jersey, the program covers emergency work such as debris removal, and permanent work such as repair of public facilities and infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and their contents, and parks and recreation areas. Local governments are reimbursed by FEMA for a portion of the costs.

Mitigation Advice on repairing and rebuilding is offered at disaster recovery centers and at home improvement stores. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation grant program provides funds to state government for measures that will reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Questions should be directed to local governments, which take the lead in identifying projects. New advisory maps showing the current hazards of flooding in New Jersey counties can help rebuild safer and smarter. www.region2coastal.com/


Additional Resources


    Important storm tips

    • If your residence has been flooded, please read the press release about cleaning up.
    • If you sustained losses or damages from Hurricane Sandy you may be eligible for disaster assistance. Go to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. 
    • Please limit 9-1-1 calls to true emergencies. Call you local police department's non-emergency number. Your cooperation is appreciated.
    • The Fire Marshall reminds residents using generators to keep them 20 feet away from your home and other inhabitable structures for safety reasons.
    • If you need municipal information, read a listing of Municipal information (PDF format)

    Trees
    Report downed trees to your town. To find the phone number for your town hall, click here.

    Electricity
    Do not approach downed power lines.
    You should report your power outage to directly to JCP&L.
    Call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). Visit the JCP&L Power Center. and JCP&L Power Outage Map for updated information provided by the power company.

    Flooding
    Do not drive or walk into flooded areas; turn around, don’t drown.


    Emergency Management reminds residents to be safe:

    • Do not go outside. Flying debris from high winds is a danger. As the eye of the storm passes, there will be a short period of calm followed by rapid wind speed increases to hurricane force that will come from the opposite direction.
    • Avoid using candles for lighting. Use a battery-powered flashlight.
    • Try to stay in an interior room away from windows.
    • If flooding occurs, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
    • If your power goes out, turn off your major appliances. This will minimize losing power again through a power surge and protect the equipment when power returns.
    • Stay calm and do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency.
    • Please understand that emergency responders and utility personnel will not be out in the field during in the height of storm. It is not safe for them to be outdoors in extreme weather conditions
    Here's what you can do to get ready for any storm:
    • PrepareGet a Kit
      Plan - Create an emergency plan

      You should contact the emergency management office in your local municipality if you have specific questions about storm preparations in your town. Contact information for all Monmouth County municipalities can be found on the Information Center web pages of the county web site or, click here

    • Stay informed - Listen to local radio stations 


    Press Releases 

    4/10/2013 - County group offers Sandy recovery services
    2/19/2013 - Deadline for disaster assistance filing is March 1
    2/8/2013 - FEMA recovery center update
    2/5/2013 - DEP holds waterway cleanup session in Monmouth County
    1/17/2013 - Sandy emotional healing workshop is Jan. 29
    1/11/2013 - Disaster assistance filing deadline is Jan. 30
    1/7/2013 - Super storm Sandy delays Seven Bridges Road project
    12/10/2012 - Sandy recovery workshop for residents is Jan. 10
    12/7/2012 - FEMA revises recovery office hours
    11/30/2012 - Relief possible for property owners affected by Sandy
    11/28/2012 - County to host economic recovery roundtable
    11/27/2012 - FEMA has rebuilding advice for residents
    11/24/2012 - Disaster food assistance for non-SNAP residents impacted by Sandy
    11/20/2012 - FEMA opens fourth office in Monmouth County
    11/16/2012 - Curfews remain in three coastal towns
    11/16/2012 - Business rebuilding call is Monday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.
    11/13/2012 - Residents need to wary of fraud
    11/13/2012 - Curfew remain in eight coastal towns
    11/12/2012 - Disaster recovery centers in Monmouth County are open
    11/11/2012 - Distribution centers to close at 5 p.m. today
    11/9/2012 - Two distribution centers continue operation
    11/9/2012 - Coastal curfew for 16 towns remains in effect
    11/8/2012County bridges to allow marine traffic to pass
    11/8/2012 - Curfew update - Thurs. Nov. 8
    11/7/2012 - Curfew remains in effect during nor'easter

    11/7/2012 - Monmouth County is urging residents to plan for nor’easter

    11/7/2012 - Distribution centers to temporarily close

    11/5/2012 - Hurricane Sandy Hotline remains active

    11/5/2012 - Clean up materials, batteries and other items needed in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

    11/5/2012 - Text "where" to 877877 to find polling locations

    11/5/2012 - Alternative site for MAST High School found

    11/5/2012 - Residents need to prepare for nor'easter

    11/4/2012 - Monmouth polling location updates

    11/4/2012 - County offices to open Monday, Nov. 5

    11/4/2012 - County officials greet US Homeland Security Secretary

    11/4/2012 - Sandy aftermath brings familiar problem: mold

    11/4/2012 - Mail-in ballot option available to voters

    11/4/2012 -  Emergency distribution centers are running 8a.m. to 4p.m.

    11/3/2012 - No election day changes for 21 towns

    11/3/2012 - Coastal curfew adjusted Nov. 4

    11/3/2012 - Mini-airlift brings relief items to Monmouth County

    11/3/2012 - Cleaning materials sought for victims of Hurricane Sandy
    11/2/2012 - County emergency distribution centers are running
    11/2/2012 - Sheriff's Office adjourns Sheriff's sales
    11/2/2012 - County setups three distribution sites
    11/1/2012 - County launches phone bank
    11/1/2012 - Countywide curfew still in effect in most Monmouth County towns
    11/1/2012 - Sheriff's Office seeks retired law enforcement to assist OEM
    11/1/2012 - Voting in Monmouth County to proceed
    11/1/2012 - Debris guidelines in the aftermath
    11/1/2012 - County establishes a donation drop-off center
    10/31/2012 - Federal disaster aid approved for Monmouth County
    10/30/2012 - What to do if you experience flooding
    10/30/2012 - County offices to be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 31
    10/30/2012 - Countywide curfew in effect 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    10/30/2012 - Residents need to stay put
    10/29/2012 - County offices to be closed on Tuesday 
    10/29/2012 - County asks residents to continue to heed warnings
    10/28/2012 - Most county offices to be closed on Monday
    10/27/2012 - County makes emergency declaration 
    10/26/2012 - County wants you to prepare, plan and stay informed
    10/24/2012 - Hurricane Sandy could affect NJ

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