Hurricane Sandy Information
Beach Profiling Surveys – Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach to Island Beach State Park
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will be conducting beach profiling surveys from Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach to Island Beach State Park. A survey sled is towed through the surf zone and collects topographic data (elevation and position) describing the shape of the beach. Sled data (collected with a precision GPS) is merged with hydrographic data collected by a boat offshore (sonar and precision GPS), and topographic data describing the dunes. The merged data give the Corps of Engineers a continuous topographic profile of the beach from the landward side of the dunes to a point about a mile offshore. Profiles are created on offset lines spaced 500’ to 1500’ intervals along this beach and others on the Jersey Shore.
The Corps of Engineers will compare data from this survey to data collect on past and future surveys to determine the rate of beach erosion or deposition. The Corps of Engineers will use this data in making engineering decisions about, among other things, beach replenishment.
In order to perform this work, a 4X4 pick-up truck will be on the beach towing and positioning the survey sled from line to line. Once the sled is positioned on the survey line, a tow rope is attached from the sled to a jet ski which tows the sled offshore through the surf zone. The sled is also attached to a winch on the truck which retrieves the sled once it’s towed through the surf.
Tentatively, the surveying will start the beginning of October with work being completed by October 31, 2014. There are 74 profile lines starting at the south side of the inlet at 1000 foot intervals along the beach ending Island Beach State Park. Out of the 74, there are only 10 profile lines in Point Pleasant Beach; therefore the work on Point Pleasant Beach would only be few days.
Sandy Recovery Survey Launched
With the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, the Monmouth University Polling Institute has launched the Sandy Recovery Survey to track ongoing issues among New Jersey families who continue to be impacted by the storm.
The survey focuses on families who were displaced from their homes for a month or longer. However, all residents who were significantly impacted by the storm are encouraged to participate. The survey link can be found at www.monmouthpoll.org/Sandy
A key objective of the Sandy Recovery Survey is to determine whether impacted residents have access to the information and resources necessary for recovery. The project will help stakeholders identify communication and resource gaps for residents, from Bergen County to Cape May, who are still trying to get their lives back on track.
Initial findings from the survey will be released to coincide with the October 29 anniversary of the storm hitting New Jersey. The Polling Institute will continue to track these issues over the ensuing months.
Over the past month, the Polling Institute has been working with municipalities, long term recovery groups, and non-profit organizations to encourage their constituents to take this opportunity to provide feedback on ongoing concerns.
There are Two New Programs for Homeowners and One New Program for Businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The FIRST PROGRAM with $1,829.520,000 provided to New Jersey by HUD will focus primarily on helping HOMEOWNERS, RENTERS, BUSINESSES and communities impacted by Super Storm Sandy.
The Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilition, Elevation and Mitigations (RREM) Program provides up to $150,000 in grant funding assistance to eligible homeowners. The RREM Program will provide funds to help homeowners repair their primary residence damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Looking for items lost during Hurricane Sandy. Check with HURRICANE SANDY'S LOST TREASURES (https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneSandysLostTreasures) or email@example.com. This group has reunited many owners with their lost items.
Having a problem with an insurance claim? Either download a COMPLAINT FORM or file a COMPLAINT online with the N J Division of Banking and Insurance.
FEMA has closed it's temporary offices at the Bay Head Firehouse, Bridge Avenue - Bay Head. The following FEMA processing sites will remain open until April 1st:
- Brick Township Civic Center - 270 Chambers Bridge Road - Brick
- Bell Crest Plaza Store Front 4C - 953 Fischer Blvd - Toms River
- Little Egg Harbor Senior Center - 641 Radio Road - Little Egg Harbor
Other FEMA regional processing sites that are still in operation are at:
- The Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street, Belmar, New Jersey
- The Ocean County Southern Resource Center, 179A South Main St., Manahawkin,NJ
Residents can go to either to seek assistance with claims.
FEMA may also be contacted at (800) 621-3362 or at www.disasterassistance.gov. The FEMA website has IMPORTANT INFORMATION on 'Advisory Base Flood Elevations' and the 'Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage'
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently published the following information that may be helpful to residents:
FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE NOT APPROVED? DON’T GIVE UP!
A determination letter for FEMA assistance that doesn’t begin with “You’re approved” may simply mean that more information or documentation is required. Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA if you have questions. You can always file an appeal if you believe FEMA got it wrong.
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS: DON’T PHONE
N.J. unemployment insurance office phone systems are busy!
For improved service, file your disaster unemployment insurance claim online.
Benefits are paid faster to those who certify on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. via the internet.
Disaster Recovery Centers/ Business Recovery Centers NOW CLOSED SUNDAYS.
All FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and U.S. Small Business Administration Business Recovery Centers in N.J. are now CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center, click here, or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362.
CONFUSED ABOUT YOUR FLOOD INSURANCE CLAIM?
Step by step instructions can be found at this NFIP link.
Resources for Survivors Coping With Hurricane Sandy:
- FEMA Disaster Assistance Registration and Helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585. Apply Online for Assistance. From Smartphone/Mobile Device: m.fema.gov/
- New Jersey/FEMA Housing Resources
- U.S. Small Business Administration Customer Service Center: 800-877-8339, TTY 800-877-8339
- SBA Disaster Assistance Website:
- Secure Online Disaster Loan Application
Other Disaster Resources:
- New Jersey Disaster Case Management: 877-510-6762 or email at: dcmNewJersey@CatholicCharitiesUSA.org
- Clean-up Resources and Local Recovery Efforts: 211 or online at NJ211.org NJ Helps: NJhelps.org
- American Red Cross: 800-733-2767 or online at RedCross.org
- New Jersey Hope and Healing: 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356
- National Disaster Stress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 Missing Pets: 855-407-4787
- Disaster Legal Assistance: 888-541-1900
Residents are urged to monitor the Point Pleasant Beach radio station at 1630 AM for further information. It will be updated periodically with additional information.
To receive EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS, register your contact information at Swift Reach 911
To report electric outages by phone, call 1-888-LIGHTSS or 1-888-544-4877.
To report gas leaks or outages by phone, call 1-800-427-5325.
The next scheduled BOROUGH HOLIDAY is OCTOBER 14, 2013. Sanitation Service WILL NOT BE provided.
For a full list of Borough Holidays access HOLIDAYS