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Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 starting at 8:30 AM - Mon, Dec 31, 2012 starting at 6:00 PM
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds small business owners that they may still be eligible for help recovering from the effects of Megastorm Sandy.
For qualified small businesses, the nonprofit Union County Economic Development Corporation (UCEDC) is offering a Storm Recovery Loan program consisting of loans of up to $15,000 at 2% for five years, with no collateral requirements.
For information about the Storm Recovery Loan program and other loan programs at UCEDC, business owners can call 908-527-1166 or visit www.ucedc.com

TRENTON - The Christie Administration announced that it will implement a federal food assistance benefit for individuals and families in certain counties, who are not already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). An estimated 100,000 households hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for at least $200 in electronic benefits.


The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announce a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open in Linden on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Gregorio Center at 330 Helen Street. The center will subsequently remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.  
The Disaster Recovery Center is to support residents of Union County who suffered damage from the Megastorm Sandy. Any survivor from the 21 counties in New Jersey can visit this DRC.  
Disaster recovery specialists from various local, state and federal agencies will be at the center to assist individuals and answer questions regarding disaster assistance.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Quick Reference Guide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), County of Union and the State of New Jersey are opening a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The DRC in Springfield is to support residents of Union County who suffered damage from the Megastorm Sandy. Any survivor from the 21 counties in New Jersey can visit this DRC.

Disaster recovery specialists from various local, state and federal agencies will be at the center to assist individuals and answer questions regarding disaster assistance. 

The DRC will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Address information for the Sprinfield DRC: 
Chisholm School Community Center  
100 S. Springfield Avenue
pringfield, NJ 07081
Individuals should begin the disaster application process by calling the toll-free registration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. Individuals with Internet access now have the option to register on the agency's website at http://www.fema.gov, where other valuable recovery information is also available.
Advisory: Updated Road Closure List for Cranford Township

Here is the updated Street Closures List for Cranford Township as of 9:30am on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

1. Springfield Ave – Tulip St to Kenilworth Blvd (Some Local Access)
2. Makatom Dr – Morningside Dr to Dartmouth Rd
3. Hampton Rd - West End Pl to Springfield Ave
4. Hampton St – Willow St to Springfield Ave
5. Orchard St – Estelle Pl to Pittsfield St (NEW – Low Wire)
6. Harvard Rd – Yale Terr to Dartmouth Rd
7. Riverside Dr @ Normandie Pl
8. Riverside Dr – Springfield Ave to Claremont Pl
9. Craig Pl - Orange Ave to Central Ave
10. Linden Pl – Orange Ave to Casino Ave
11. Central Ave – Riverside Dr to Claremont Pl
12. Cranford Ave – Arlington Rd to Elizabeth Ave
13. John St @ Hamilton Ave
14. Bloomingdale Ave - Elizabeth Ave to Haskins Ave
15. Franklin Ave - Clinton St to Normandie Pl
16. Normandie Pl – Franklin Ave to Claremont Pl
17. Mohawk Dr @ Raritan Rd
18. Phillips St @ Cranford Terrace
For full details, view this message on the web.
During the duration of this power outage, the Union Freeholder Board would like to once again remind you not take anything for granted. The power utilities may not know that your power is out unless you notify them.

For those whose service is PSE&G, call 1-800-436-7734.

For those whose service is JCPL, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

Both lines are 24 hours. Also remember that the utilities must first clear wires before trees are removed by governmental agencies.

The County of Union is maintaining a Regional shelter at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, 908-709-7283, press 2 when prompted.

The County of Union is also maintaining a 24-hour-a day charging center at the Froehlich Building (lobby) at 300 North Avenue in Westfield.

Many municipalities also have warming centers and shelters. You may access those by calling your local police department, using the non-emergency number.

FEMA Accepting Disaster Relief Applications
NJSP - State Police FEMA'S SANDY PAGE INCLUDES A RUMOR CONTROL SECTION. http://www.fema.gov/sandy

Coats, Blankets, Non-perishable Food, and Flashlights Needed

Union County College is collecting gently used or new coats, blankets, and flashlights for the needy. We are also collecting non-perishable food. Sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Student Volunteer Organization. Look for bins in the Kellogg Building in Elizabeth.


Thu, Nov 01, 2012 starting at 11:55 AM - Fri, Nov 09, 2012 starting at 1:00 AM
NJSP - State Police FEMA'S SANDY PAGE INCLUDES A RUMOR CONTROL SECTION. http://www.fema.gov/sandy

Residents requiring disaster assistance should contact FEMA directly at 1-800-621-3362 or www.disasterassistance.gov. Residents are urged to contact FEMA as soon as possible to begin the process.

FEMA Accepting Disaster Relief Applications

Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed, it's time to start cleaning up and rebuilding. NJBIA will provide regular updates to our member companies about disaster relief and other assistance programs for businesses. Also, visit our website at www.njbia.org for more information.

The US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey.

FEMA is now accepting applications from residents and business owners who sustained losses in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County and Union County.

Register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

NJM Insurance Group policyholders who suffer a loss as the result of Sandy should call NJM as soon as possible at 1-800-367-6564. Claims representatives are available 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit www.NJM.com.
New Jersey American Water Asks Customers to Conserve Water after Hurricane Sandy

Water service is normal; most company’s facilities are on back-up power
As the state recovers from Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey American Water urges its customers state-wide to conserve water indefinitely as many of the company’s facilities are operating on emergency generators. In the aftermath of the storm, water service for New Jersey American Water customers has not been interrupted and the company has not issued any boiled water advisories.

“We are working with the power companies to have power fully restored at all of our pumping stations and water treatment plants, and ask that our customers discontinue non-essential water use until further notice,” said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water. “Voluntary water conservation reduces the demand on the water system while it operates on backup power. We thank our customers in advance for their cooperation in conserving water while power is being restored to their homes and to our facilities.”

New Jersey American Water suggests the following conservation tips for customers:
  • Please refrain from nonessential uses of water, such as lengthy showering and bathing, as well as lawn watering.
  • Avoid using outdoor hoses for storm clean up, use a broom instead.
  • customers who have electrical service: Run dishwashers and laundry washing machines only when they are full; if you have a water-saver cycle, use it.
  • Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks.
In the event of storm-related disruptions, please contact our customer service center immediately to report the issue. Our call center is staffed 24x7 and the number is 1-800-652-6987.

Further updates will be provided on our website as conditions warrant, plus you can find information on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newjerseyamericanwater and Twitter at twitter.com/njamwater.
The information below provided by the Red Cross, JCP&L and First Energy

Red Cross

The American Red Cross recommends the preparation of a portable three day kit with the following supplies:
  • Water - one gallon per person, per day.
  • Food - non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items such as tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers, and canned fruit. Make sure to include a manual can opener.
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • first aid kit.Prescription and non-prescription medication items. Include medical supplies like extra hearing aid batteries, syringes, etc.
  • Copies of important documents, including birth certificates, insurance policies and social security cards.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.Extra cash. ATMs and credit cards won’t work if the power is out.
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls).

For more information about hurricane preparedness, visit: www.redcross.org. For smart phone users, download the American Red Cross Hurricane App.

To Report Power Outages Call:
FirstEnergy: 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)

PSE&G: 1 800-436-PSEG

Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line.

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