Hurricane Sandy has affected each one of us, directly or indirectly, and we all feel the responsibility to do something. It's going to take the community-at-large to get us back on track. And we will because we're from Jersey, we are resilient & strong. Several months later, there are still those in need. Here at The Citizens Campaign, we want to provide whatever information we have to get those needs addressed. Please share with Lauren if you know of other important resources.
Disaster & Recovery Assistance
To get set up with temporary housing you must first file a claim with FEMA at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by calling 1800.621.FEMA. FEMA is reporting that they will have a response for you within 3-5 days. This overview shares what FEMA assistance is available to you.
Airbnb is a great resource where those needing a place to stay can find those opening their homes with extra beds, rooms, etc. Whether you need a place to stay or want to offer your place, check it out!
Free Legal Help for Sandy Victims who cannot afford an attorney: 1) Legal Services of NJ's hotline: 888-222-5765; 2) NJ State Bar Association: 888-541-1900
Small Business Association is directly providing disaster recovery loans. To apply for disaster assistance from SBA, fill out the online form or contact Andrew Glatz at (732) 945-4230, email@example.com for assistance.
Help Jersey was started by a local Atlantic Highlands resident who created this site specifically for ease of use on mobile phones, since many are without Internet access in their homes. It's an easy-to-use directory to "Give Help" and "Get Help"
NJ Economic Development Authority's Stronger NJ Business Grant Program provides grants and forgivable loans for Superstorm Sandy-Impacted businesses
Official State of NJ's Hurricane Sandy Information Center: your one stop shop for all information coming out of the Governor's office
NJ Office of Emergency Management Recovery Resources
NJ211 Hurricane Response and Recovery has special bulletins & updates on the recovery efforts. It has info on power outages, road closings, etc.
NJ's Mental Health Association and the Department of Human Services’s toll-free Mental Health Helpline, 1-877-294-HELP (1-877-294-4357)
Google Maps "CrisisMap": Tracking where there is access to open stores, gas stations, pharmacies,etc; open & closed roads; and power outages & restoration.
NJ DEP's Hurricane Sandy info page for tips on safely cleaning up post-Sandy, land use regulations for rebuilding, for water emergency info and more. To report an environmental incident impacting our area, call the 24 hour hotline: 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337)
Check out this EPA guide to mold & moisture when you are clearing out your home. Important safety guidelines are included.
The Simple Dollar breaks down insurance coverage into understandable terms. It covers home rebuilding costs and tips for policyholders on how to avoid surprisingly high costs by monitoring coverage limits.
What You Can Do
Groups helping those recover from the storm can apply for $25,000 grants from OceanFirst Foundation!
The IRS is expediting applications for tax exempt status of organizations working to help with Sandy recovery. Make sure to write "Disaster Relief, Hurricane Sandy" at the top of the application.
Want to conduct a drive to raise food donation online through your social networks? You Give Goods is an awesome FREE tool created by fellow New Jerseyans to create a way to help gather donations online with very little effort. There are a few easy steps to set it up, you choose what charity you want to fund and you're off! You can also search for drives happening by geographic location. Many drives are being used to support Sandy recovery through this platform.
Donation Drop Off Points
*Please make sure to call before dropping off large amounts of goods or truck loads to make sure they are still taking certain items and can handle your load!
An up to the minute list of drop off locations from our friends at Help Jersey.
Ocean County - 1) Rebuild the Jersey Shore HQ at 635 Bay Ave, Toms River in the Seacourt Pavillion (732) 818-7786; 2) Restore the Shore in the old Foodtown on Fischer Blvd, Toms River; 3) Remax at 1130 Hooper Ave in Toms River (732) 914-0074
Monmouth County - 1) Children's Warehouse - 3140 State Route 35, Hazlet; 2) Sea Bright's Woody's Ocean Grille has been running "Operation Feed Sea Bright" serving hot meals and also a donation drop off point - 1 East Church Street, Sea Bright, 732-936-1300
Union County - The Mattress Factory at 35 South Avenue, Fanwood
Hudson County - Jersey City Sandy Recovery is a great resource for where to get help, volunteer, donate, etc.
Our friend at the Cliffview Pilot has Come Together Now, with drop off points for Bergen County residents.
NYC: 1) Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew - 520 Clinton Avenue (between Fulton & Atlantic), Brooklyn; 2) St Jacobi Lutheran Church - 5406 4th Ave., Brooklyn
The Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund set up by the Governor and his wife.
The Red Cross: 1) contribute online; 2) call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); 3) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
Salvation Army's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief: 1) online donation form, 2) call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), or 3) text “SANDY” to 80888 to give $10
The United Way: 1) online or 2) text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation
Community Food Bank of NJ: 1) text FEEDNJ to 80888 to give $10, or 2) call 908-355-3663 , ext. 243
The NJ Volunteer Emergency Response Hotline is 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397)
For the Ocean County area - Rebuild the Jersey Shore's HQ is serving as a volunteer center (635 Bay Ave, Toms River in the Seacourt Pavillion, 732-818-7786). They need help sorting and delivering donations as they are a drop off point, and also are sending out volunteers to the places most in need.
Live in South Jersey? Jewish Family Services of Cape May and Atlantic County has a wonderful community exchange set up with a great listing of how to donate your time, your items and your money in Atlantic & Cape May Counties.
The Corporation for National & Community Service put together a listing of ways you can help through donating blood, working with your local CERTs and EMTs & other resources.
Visit www.airbnb.com/sandy for listings of available housing. People are donating their homes and extra rooms for those displaced by the hurricane. Do you have an extra room? You can list your home too.