Legislative Update from Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Jennifer Beck
Phone: 732-933-1591
Web: http://beck.senatenj.com
Email: senbeck@njleg.org
  Senator Jennifer Beck

April 20, 2014

Hurricane Sandy Response Update: Disaster Help & Resources

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These past few days have been among the most difficult in our state’s history, but like we always do, New Jerseans are pulling together and working through this hard time. Under the leadership of Governor Chris Christie, the state is working closely with the federal government to ensure that we have all the resources necessary to return life to normal and begin the rebuilding process. Below is a list of helpful contact information for a variety of programs and services that will be needed by you and your loved ones.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union counties.

- Senator Jennifer Beck

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For urgent health and safety issues: Call ’911′

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For non-immediate health matters or other assistance:

Call 211 or go online at www.nj211.org for help with non-emergency issues, including basic human needs, support for seniors or persons with disabilities, children, or mental health issues.

To file a claim with FEMA:

Call 800-621-FEMA (800-621-3362). Make sure you register with FEMA. For a printable form, click here.

Information on Federal Aid Programs for State of New Jersey Disaster Recovery

To report a downed electrical line:

Contact your local energy provider (info below). Be prepared to give the nearest cross street or the number of a nearby pole that has not been damaged and is away from any downed wires; the pole number can be found on the metal tag attached to the pole.

PSE&G: 800-436-7734
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L): 800-662-3115
Atlantic City Electric: 800-642-3780
Orange Rockland Electric: 1-877-434-4100

To report a gas leak, contact your local gas provider:

New Jersey Natural Gas: 800-427-5325
PSE&G: 800-436-7734

Road and Driving Conditions:

http://511nj.org/

To file an insurance claim, if you can’t find the company or agent’s number:

Call the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance at 1-800-446-7467 or go to www.dobi.nj.gov.

To report complaints about insurance companies:

Call the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance at 1-800-446-7467, click here to file a complaint online.

A printable complaint form is here: http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/complain.pdf

To report complaints about electric or gas utilities:

Call the NJ Board of Public Utilities: (800) 624-0241 or (609) 341-9188.

To report possible consumer fraud or price gouging by contractors or others:

State law makes excessive price increases illegal during a state of emergency, and for 30 days following the end of the emergency. Call the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs at 862-209-0130 or 973-220-3474.

To provide volunteer assistance in the cleanup and restoration effort:

Call 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Backup numbers: 609-775-5236 or 908-303-0471.

Volunteers may also send an email to rowena.madden@sos.state.nj.us. This service is managed by the NJ Business Action Center and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, both divisions within the NJ Department of State.

To request volunteer assistance:

Call ’211′ or go online at www.nj211.org.

Extension of motor vehicle document deadlines:

To ease the burden on customers who did not have a chance to visit a motor vehicle office in October, MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez has issued Administrative Order 2012-03 authorizing a 30-day extension for all driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and vehicle inspection stickers that expired on October 31.

State Aid:

Department of Health and Senior Services

New Jersey Department of Health – Directory of Local Health Departments in New Jersey

NJ DEP’s Hurricane Sandy Page – precautionary wastewater measures, how municipalities can apply for emergency land use permits, when to boil their water, and much more.

Provided by Senator Jennifer Beck

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