These resources are mostly for New Jersey residents – good luck to everyone out there! My family and I hope you stay safe, warm and dry. Please post any other resources you know as a comment. Please check in on friends, neighbors and seniors you know and help out if you can. Together we are strong and will overcome every challenge. (Post will be updated as information becomes available.)
- Sandy Recovery News & Reports
- After-Sandy help in NJ towns (food etc) & info
- Special New Jersey voting options for 2012 election
- FEMA assistance & how to apply
- Huracán Sandy en New Jersey – Recursos y Noticias (en español)
Very Important Tips
- If you bought a generator from Costco DO NOT USE IT! Its causing FIRES!
- Homeowner’s Insurance Issue: when Sandy touched down in New Jersey, it was not technically a hurricane. Many insurance policies will not pay for hurricane damage, but in this case, they cannot deny New Jersey residents insurance coverage for damage their properties have sustained. Check it out!
- National Weather Service report on Hurricane Sandy includes flood prediction tools
- Social media reports of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey
- Twitter (English) #sandy #nj, #sandy, #frankenstorm, #sandynj
- New Jersey news reports of Hurricane Sandy http://www.nj.com/hurricanesandy/
- New York Times Photos
- Bergen County storm news
- More photos and storm news
- You can hear 1010 WINS radio today on 92.3 FM (their AM channel is silent) or on the web at 1010wins.com
- What Sandy leaves behind
- Try calling your town’s police or county Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for up to date shelter and aid information. You can also use your phone to search for open Red Cross shelters by texting: SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Example: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply) or visit the Red Cross website.
Another way to look is using the search terms Google search for local shelters
If you book into a shelter, please remember to bring any clothes, medications for yourself and/or family members, and linens if you can. They will have food, but you might also want to bring a book. If you bring a pet please bring a carrier case or crate, leash, pet food, any medications, a water bowl, and waste bags.
- Pet friendly shelters on Jersey Shore
- Pet friendly shelters in Morris County
- Bergen County Regional Shelter (special needs accommodations and pet-friendly) is open at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ
- Shelters in Greater Newark, NJ.
- Newark’s JFK Recreation Center on West Kinney Street is a pet-friendly shelter. Newark Stage Shelters (go there for transportation to a full-service shelter) are Berringer and Shabazz High schools.
- Irvington Shelter at Chris Gatling Center 285 Union Avenue 973-399-6597 or call Police at 973-399-6600 or Fire Department 973-399-6555
- Corey Arena in West Orange
- Park Avenue School and Lincoln Avenue School in Orange are Staging Shelters.
NJ pet owners who were separated from their pets during Sandy, please call 1-855-407-4787
- See list of pet-friendly shelters listed under shelters
Where to get help – Assistance
- Also check After-Sandy North NJ towns information
- The New Jersey State emergency hotline Call 211 is now open and contains a lot of useful information. (It was closed during the storm.)
- County Emergency Management Offices
- New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management
- Federal Emergency Management Office
- Perth Amboy resources and other useful information
- FEMA grants and assistance are available now for specific counties in the states Sandy hit hardest – Connecticut, New York, New Jersey & New Hampshire. More information here
- A list of Food and Water available to local residents along with curfew, government office hours and other important information about north New Jersey municipalities here
- Safety Tips & Reporting
- Don’t drive through water – most flood-related deaths occur in cars. Also, stay put as much as possible to keep roads free for emergency personnel until travel is safe.
- Report downed wires, outages and gas leaks to your electric and gas provider:
- How to eat and be well without electricity due to an emergency
- Drinking water safety Connecticut DPH website tells us to check well and public water by sight and smell. Don’t use water that is dark, has an odor, or has floating pieces. Also, listen to the news or check with your water company.
- New Jersey teacher’s convention scheduled for Nov 8&9 has been cancelled
- College & University closures
- Public School closures
How to Help
- President Obama points out that the best way to help Sandy victims is to donate money or volunteer. Supplies not specifically asked for, create the need for emergency personnel to sort and manage the donations, and this creates a burden on their time and energy.
- Facebook friend Kaia Shivers says “Donate directly to people in need NOT AMERICAN RED CROSS, ETC. (Kimi edit: so all of your money goes to help and not administrative fees). American Red Cross still has not explained the millions of dollars that disappeared in the Haiti Relief.”
- Shuan In the City has some good ideas for New Yorkers who want to help.