Hurricane Sandy Resource Center

As New Jersey recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, families and communities will have many different needs. Below, please find a compilation of the resources that may be most helpful to you and your family. As always, please feel free to contact our office at (856) 435-1247 if we may be of assistance to you.

Protect Yourself from Disaster-Related Scams

The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs has released information on how residents can protect themselves from disaster-related scams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Check out their helpful one-page flyer by clicking here, and protect yourself.

Tips on How to File an Insurance Claim

Here are several articles that provide tips on how to file an insurance claim, if your property was damaged by the storm:

CBS video: MoneyWatch editor-at-large Jill Schlesinger walks you through how to file an insurance claim

CBS Moneywatch: 7 Insurance Tips to Deal with Sandy

CNN Money: What to do if Sandy flooded your car

Election Information

We have heard from many individuals who are concerned they will have trouble voting this Election Day because of the damage of the storm.

To find your polling place, text your full address to 877877, and you will receive a response with your polling location.

Click here to read the Secretary of State's Directive expanding the ability of displaced voters to vote in person

Click here to read the Secretary of State's Directive regarding mail-in ballots for displaced voters

Utility Information

The state's utility companies have posted roadmaps online estimating when they expect power to return to each town that has yet to see full power restoration. To learn when your town is expected to have power restored, please visit this website,

As of November 4, nearly 1 million New Jerseyans were still without power after Hurricane Sandy--down from nearly 2 million several days ago. Please use the following information to report outages to your utility provider. We are requesting that residents dial 911 for emergencies only, not to report power or gas outages.

PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734), or visit them online.

Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476, or visit them online.

South Jersey Gas: 1-800-582-7060, or visit them online

***Please do not attempt to move or clean up any fallen trees or other storm debris in the presence of fallen power lines. Doing so will put you at serious risk of harm***

FEMA Information

To learn more about FEMA’s efforts in responding to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the FEMA website

Residents of Atlantic County, Cape May County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County and Union County may apply for direct federal assistance:

  • Apply Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Apply via a smartphone at m.fema.gov
  • Or apply by Phone by calling (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585

If you are having difficulty navigating the FEMA process, please contact your federal representatives, who can be reached at the following numbers:

Senator Bob Menendez: (856) 757-5353
Senator Frank Lautenberg: (856) 338-8922
Congressman Rob Andrews: (856) 546-5100
Congressman Frank LoBiondo: (609) 625-5008
Congressman Jon Runyan: (856) 780-6436
Congressman Chris Smith: (609) 585-7878
Congressman Scott Garrett: (201) 444-5454
Congressman Frank Pallone: (732) 249-8892
Congressman Bill Pascrell: (973) 523-5152
Congressman Steve Rothman: (201) 646-0808
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen: (973) 984-0711
Congressman Rush Holt: (609) 750-9365
Congressman Albio Sires: (201) 222-2828

State Department of Health Hotline

The State Department of Health has announced it will make public health experts available through the 211 system to answer any questions residents may have about food safety, water safety, and mold removal. To reach this hotline, please call 211 or 1-866-234-0964. The 211 services hotline is open 24/7, and public health officials will be available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Residents, including self-employed individuals, of Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union Counties may qualify for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

If you are unemployed because of damage of Hurricane Sandy, please file for benefits by clicking here.

Those seeking benefits under this program must apply by December 3, 2012

Gas Stations

Due to power outages, many gas stations in the northern part of the state have had difficulty or have been unable to provide gas to residents. If this has affected you, please check this list of open gas stations, provided by the Newark Star-Ledger's website.

Water Restrictions in Effect

Hurricane Sandy has put a strain on the state’s water supply. While our immediate area has not been having problems, several water facilities around the state were damaged during the storm, and these damaged facilities have caused stress for the remaining operational facilities.

Governor Christie has signed a mandatory water restriction for watering lawns and washing cars. This order includes a request for residents to limit their indoor use to the extent possible as well. Let’s all do our part to help our neighbors get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Offices of Emergency Management Contact Information

New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management
Camden County Office of Emergency Management, or by phone at 856-783-4808
Burlington County Office of Emergency Management

Roads & Transportation

Currently, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are open. In addition, up-to-date traffic information can be found at the State 511 website.

NJ Transit is resuming bus service today. Most rail service has been suspended until further notice. To learn about how Hurricane Sandy has affected NJ Transit service in your area, click here.

To report a problem on a Camden County roadway, please call the Public Works Hotline at (856) 566-2980

In addition, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has issued a 30 day extension for all driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, and vehicle inspection stickers that expired on October 31, 2012.

Prescription Drug Assistance

Individuals taking Pfizer medications who need assistance or are facing a shortage of vital medication because of Hurricane Sandy should contact the Pfizer Connection to Care Hotline at 1-866-706-2400. They should inform the operator they have been a victim of the Hurricane. Those who call will receive instructions on how to apply for a 90-day supply of their medication.

Food Safety

In light of power outages across our region, please keep in mind the following food safety tips, provided courtesy of Wegmans:

  • Discard perishable items that have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours or more. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out. Throw out all food items that may have come into contact with flood or storm water (more information here
  • Refrigerated food: Refrigerated food should keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if the refrigerator is unopened (more information here
  • Frozen food: A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours. Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. ( more information here)

Generator Safety

If you are using a portable generator, please follow the following safety tips to protect you and your family . During a hurricane last year, our area saw several serious fires—causing major property damage and serious personal injuries.

  • Portable generators should be placed on the exterior of the dwelling and maintain a minimum of 15 feet from any structure.
  • Never use generators on the interior of the home or garage. Gasoline generators produce carbon monoxide fumes, which are silent, odorless and deadly.
  • Never refuel generators when hot. Gasoline fumes can cause a flash fire and injure persons.
  • Never smoke during refueling of generators.
  • Never connect and/or use portable heaters with extension cords when using a generator. Extension cords when used improperly can cause a fire.
  • Store all flammable liquids in a safe location and in an approved safety can.

American Red Cross

If you would like to make a donation to the American Red Cross to help support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy, please visit their website here.

If you are a local resident and require assistance, please contact the American Red Cross of Camden and Burlington Counties, located at 5425 Route 70 West in Pennsauken, (856) 365-7100.

Price Gouging

The State of New Jersey is concerned about protecting residents from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. If you believe you have experienced or are experiencing any price gouging or repair scams, please contact our State hotline and report these abuses at 862-209-0130 or 973-220-3474.

Volunteer Hotline

During the damage of Hurricane Irene, New Jerseyans came together to selflessly aid their neighbors in communities across our state. To assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the State has established a volunteer emergency response hotline.

To find out how you can volunteer to help respond to Hurricane Sandy, please call our hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). If you cannot get through to the hotline number, you may also call 609-775-5236, 908-303-0471 or email Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us

Device Charging

Verizon has announced it has opened three sites in Monmouth County where residents without power can charge their phones and other devices. For more information, visit their website here.

Halloween

Because of the risks Hurricane Sandy’s damage still poses to many communities, Governor Christie has issued an executive order postpoining Halloween trick-or-treating celebrations by five days—to Monday, November 5th. Some towns have decided to postpone to other days. Please keep in mind the damage and dangerous conditions presented by this storm have affected our area as you celebrate the holiday. Please take all necessary safety precautions if celebrating the holiday.

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