Post-Sandy Emergency Resources: New Jersey
In addition to calling us at The Actors Fund for help at 212.221.7300 ext. 119, here’s a list of additional resources available help everyone get through the aftermath of the hurricane. These are some of the things available to people in New Jersey (for a list of helpful New York City links, please click here):
• Latest listings of resources for New Jersey, including a county by county rundown: http://www.nj.com/
• Port Authority updates with status of all NY/NJ crossings – tunnels and bridges and public transportation (includes links to NYC and NJ regional transit and traffic conditions info sources): http://www.panynj.gov/alerts-advisories/inclement-weather.html
• Comcast is making free wifi hotspots available in states affected by Sandy: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57543181-94/comcast-offers-free-wi-fi-service-to-all-in-sandys-path/ (Remember, if there is no power in the area, the wifi hotspot won’t work either).
• Jersey City updates: http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/
• Hudson County (Jersey City and Hoboken) updates, including information on free battery distribution, beginning of local bus service, etc: http://www.nj.com/hudson/
• A collaborative Hoboken recovery map, based on Facebook and Twitter updates, on what’s out there for basic needs like places to eat, charging stations, pharmacies that are open, sources of drinking water: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208892770746908904502.0004cd7046fe5975e8390&msa=0&ll=40.743355%2C-74.032402&spn=0.018696%2C0.038581
• Hudson County resources (from PSE & G website), incl. info on disaster mental health helpline, document replacement, rent abatement: http://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/resources.jsp
• Ice and water distribution in Hudson County: http://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/supplies.jsp
Recovery Volunteer opportunities in New Jersey: http://www.jerseycares.org
How to guides and advice for storm recovery
Helpful guide offering advice on where to start with clean-up, and how to deal with mold: http://www.studioprotector.org/OnlineGuide/Cleanup/SurveyingtheDamageMakingaPlan.aspx
• Do not touch any electrical lines, treat them as if they were live. Do not cut down or remove trees yourself; leave it to the professionals. Stay out of all City parks until they are safe.
• Throw away frozen foods lower than temp; a full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours; a half-full freezer for 24 hours. Perishable items left for more than 48 hours should be thrown out — that includes eggs, dairy products, leftovers and deli items, as well as uncooked poultry, meat and seafood . Ketchup, pickles, jellies, peanut butter are okay to keep. Don’t open the fridge often, as it raises the temperature.
• If your appliances have been in contact with water, contact a licensed plumbing or heating contractor to make sure the appliances are safe to operate. Don’t forget to check outdoor appliances, such as pool heaters and gas grills.
• Take as many photos of the damage done to your home and personal items, and list them. Insurance adjusters will want this ASAP.
Resources for damaged property for homeowners, renters, businesses:
• Homeowners, renters and businesses, should go to http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
•Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance…. http://goo.gl/Oii6E
• Federal Emergency Management Administration: www.fema.gov or 1-800-621-3362 to register for disaster assistance.
•FEMA application process for disaster relief: http://goo.gl/Vvi9B
• For art-related losses, CERF+ offers grants & support: http://craftemergency.org
• National Grid: www1.nationalgridus.com, 718-643-4050