IMPORTANT FEMA LINKS
Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program
Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program
Registered w/FEMA-STAY In Touch
Mayor Amato urges residents who registered with FEMA by the May 1st deadline to keep their FEMA ID numbers and stay in touch with FEMA. Disaster assistance may be available for LOSSES NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. Survivors should get in touch with FEMA as soon as they receive their insurance settlement.
Be sure to have the registration number FEMA assigned to your application at hand.
Survivors who registered for disaster assistance before the May 1 deadline may check the status of their applications online at www.disasterassistance.gov
or call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, as soon as receive their insurance settlement.
If you received a letter from FEMA saying you were not eligible for assistance, one reason may be that you had not yet received an insurance settlement and it could not be factored into your application.
DIDN'T REGISTER WITH FEMA OR DENIED OTHER ASSISTANCE? HELP MAY BE A PHONE CALL AWAY
Mayor Amato would like all residents who are still struggling after Superstorm Sandy to know that there are still resources out there that can help. -- As the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, some New Jersey survivors who didn't apply for federal disaster assistance may now need help. While the deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed, assistance may still be available from voluntary organizations through NJ 2-1-1.
Disaster Legal Response Program:
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, is providing direct legal assistance to the victims of Super Storm Sandy. Volunteer attorneys provide limited legal assistance and advice to all storm survivors. Case descriptions for clients requiring additional legal assistance and who meet VLJ's financial eligibility guidelines are sent to volunteer attorneys via a weekly case list email. The most commonly encountered legal issues include insurance, FEMA, landlord tenant and contractor issues. Please call VLJ's toll free disaster hotline at (855) 301-2525.
Preliminary FEMA Maps RELEASED
Mayor Amato has learned the Preliminary FEMA Maps have been released. "The original ABFE maps released in December had nearly 40% of the homes in the maritime area in the Velosity "V- Zones". The Preliminary BFE maps released today, have removed that designation. Berkeley homes are no longer in the dreaded "V" Zone and some height elevations have also been reduced. Were very pleased these Preliminary Maps appear to have taken into consideration our argument." Mayor Amato said.
" We will be meeting with our professional staff to review thoroughly and add comments to the process as needed. My letter and Council's Resolution: ....RESOLUTION - PROCLAIMING ITS ADOPTION OF THE ADVISORY BASE FLOOD ELEVATIONS UNDER EXTREME PROTEST
to FEMA was pretty clear in pointing out the flaws in the ABFE's. This is good news for our residents and Township. The rebuilding process for many can now commence knowing now what the future holds." Mayor Amato said.
"The Mayor and Council will re-focus our efforts to the repeal or modification of the Biggert- Waters flood insurance rate act." Mayor Amato concluded.
Good Luck Point
South Seaside Park
Base Flood Elevation(BFE) Address Lookup Tool
Fema Interactive Map of the Jersey Shore, Type your adddress in the upper right hand corner
FLOOD INSURANCE AND MITIGATION HELPLINE
Mayor Amato would like residents to know if you have questions about the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques, FEMA has set up a helpline to call to get the most up-to-date information.
The number is 1-877-287-9804 for people who need information about flood insurance, the latest
FEMA Base Flood Elevation Mapping InformationFEMA has posted the proposed new Flood Elevation maps with tools to see what your area is classified as.
Click here for The Web page
Advisory Base Flood Elevations - NJ and NY Frequently asked Questions
Click Here for the Info
Changes in the Flood Insurance Program Preliminary Considerations for Rebuilding
Click Here for the Info
Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program
Click Here for the Info
05-20-2014 JERSEY CENTRAL POWER & LIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REBUILDING
To accommodate rebuilding efforts and provide guidance in those areas where customers may have to raise their homes up in compliance with the new FEMA standards, Jersey Central Power & Light ( JCP&L ) wants to make customers aware of potential clearance and access issues that should be discussed in advance of rebuilding.
Issues have arisen with encroachments on the clearances between electric power lines and buildings and in some cases, could result in serious safety concerns, risk of property damage, injury or death. The intent of this letter is to raise awareness of these issues and to proactively review your plans before you commence your construction project or rebuilding efforts.
To make application to JCP&L please call our 800 # ( 1-800-662-3115 ). When your application is received, a Layout Technician will be assigned to your project.
....Click Here For the Full Details
Electrical Inspections -Meter Resets
As we enter 2014, JCP&L is anticipating a higher volume of customers looking to restore their services. JCP&L has additional resources in our Berkeley Operation Center dedicated to reconnect services. Over the past few weeks we have received a high volume of inspections throughout the Sandy Related areas. Earlier in the year I worked with our Director of Operations to provide those community's our time frame for restoring service.
Attached is the link detailing our construction time frame:
Information on Sandy-Related Repairs, Demolitions and Home Elevations
If your home's electrical system was damaged and the required work has been completed, please contact your municipality to schedule an electrical inspection (an inspection is required before service can be restored). They will send confirmation of the inspection to JCP&L.
• If there is no additional work required, your meter will be set in 3-5 days.
• In cases where a new service line needs to be run to your home or other construction is required, please allow at least 10 - 15 working days.
Here is the link where customer can check to see if we received their inspection:
Click Here to check on your inspection
At this time, majority of the service reconnections require running a new service wire and setting the meter. I would like to set up a meeting to better understand you turn around on your electrical inspections. The purpose of my request is to provide residents the information they need to plan accordingly as they rebuild.
Meter Re-Build Information
....Click Here For the Full Details
....Berkeley Township Requirements for NJNG Hook-ups
Please visit New Jersey natural gas website for more Details NJNG Website
Replacing Your Lost Important Papers
Mayor Amato would like residents to know how get some of those important documents back. The following is a partial list of ways to get duplicates of destroyed or missing documents:
..Click here for the list
IRS Information for Victims of Sandy
Mayor Amato wants residents to know that The Internal Revenue Service has created a website that provides information and legal guidance for Sandy victims.
Voluntary Demolition Program
The Township is currently identifying properties that may require assistance in demolishing structurally damaged homes and/or removing debris from private property. If you believe your home sustained structural damage from Super Storm Sandy, or still contains debris and/or trees that are leaning or hanging onto your property as a result of the Storm, you can apply to participate in the Private Property Debris Removal ("PPDR") program. The application deadline is June 30, 2013. In order to apply, you must have been the owner of the property on October 29, 2012. A notarized completed Right of Entry form and copy of a homeowner's valid ID will automatically register your property into the program.
....More and the Application Form
"ReNew Jersey Stronger" Housing Recovery Center
Mayor Amato is pleased to announce that The Christie Administration today announced that a "reNew Jersey Stronger" Housing Recovery Center will open in Lakewood.
Eligible homeowners whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by the storm can visit the Housing Recovery Center to apply in-person for grants designed to encourage them to resettle in their homes and help them repair, elevate or rebuild their residences.
For more information on the "reNew Jersey Stronger" initiative, including details about the application process, determination of eligibility, and award calculation, visit www.renewjerseystronger.org
or call the hotline number 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).
The Ocean County Housing Recovery Center that will open is located at: 750 Vassar Avenue, Lakewood, NJ.
Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage Payments
Mayor Amato is pleased to Announce the Christie Administration's Assistance for Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage PaymentsNew Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency to Host Free Outreach Events for Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced that the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) will receive $197,802 from the federal Making Home Affordable
New Jersey' Clean Energy Program - Energy Incentives
Mayor Amato would like to remind residents of the New Jersey' Clean Energy Program's enhanced incentives for High Efficiency Appliances for Storm Victims. Berkeley Township is designated as a "major" damaged area impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Because of this designation, Berkeley residents may be eligible for enhanced incentives on high efficiency equipment/appliances.
Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group
Mayor Amato urges residents who are still financially struggling from Superstorm Sandy to reach out to Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group. Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group finds its mission in its name: we’re here to assist you for the long-term. Take a moment to ask yourself these questions and then we invite you to reach out to us today.
Are you finding it challenging and overwhelming trying to get back to normal since the disaster?
Are you having trouble determining your next steps when it comes to rebuilding your life after a disaster?
Do you feel alone, as if you have no one who understands what you are going through?
Are you having financial problems as a direct result of the disaster?
Are you overwhelmed by the resources and services offered?
Are you still waiting for your insurance or FEMA checks?
Do you need help navigating the system of disaster recovery (i.e. social services, FEMA, insurance etc.)?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, please consider contacting a Disaster Case Manager (DCM).
Homes For All, Inc. has grant funds available for re-building. Contact 732-286-7929.
....Click Here for More Information
Demolition Guide From the Governor's Office approved by the EPA:
For the final, EPA-approved demolition guidance document
New Jersey Natural Gas Update regarding Demolishing or Raising Your Post-Sandy Home
NJNG website update
UCEDC Offering 2% Working Capital Loans For Small Businesses:
UCEDC is a Non Profit Economic Development Corporation offering a 2% working Capital Loan for Superstorm Sandy recovery.
WIND DAMAGE LETTER:
To facilitate the claims process, Mayor Amato has provided a letter for homeowners who are having problems with their Homeowners Insurance Company regarding wind damage. In addition the OEM Coordinator for Seaside Park has provided us with a letter stating an actual wind gust of 97 mph
....Wind Damage letter
....Seaside Park Memo measuring wind Gust of 97 mph
FEMA HAzard Mitigation Seminar -Watch the Recording.
Mayor Amato has made available the recordings for the two informational seminars.
WATCH A RECORDING OF BOTH SEMINARS..Click here Watch
FACT SHEET - REBUILDING AFTER SANDYClick Here for the FACT SHEET
Ocean County AmeriCorps Response Team:
Visit us at:
NJDEP BLUE ACRES PROGRAM:
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications from residents located in flood prone areas that wish to sell their properties through its Blue Acres Program. People who are eligible for blue acres are those that have been damaged by or prone to incurring damage caused by storms or related storm flooding or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damages. Acquired properties are permanently deed restricted as open space in accordance with the NJDEP statutes and are made open to the public. If you wish to participate or apply for this program, the application can be found at:
Blue Acres Application
NJDEP Blue Acres Info Page
Mayor Amato and Chief DiMichele are pleased to announce that the Route 35 Entry Checkpoint in Seaside Park and all Checkpoints in South Seaside Park have been discontinued. "Many residents have re-populated these areas and have started the rebuilding process. It is time to get back to some level of normalcy. Police units will continue to be assigned to patrol the area. Residents who see any suspicious activity, should immediately report it to the Berkeley Township Police Department: (732)341-6600 or use the anomious tip line: (732) 341-1132 ext: 611." Mayor Amato said.The Following Information is provided:
Residential Stickers and Work Entry Permits are discontinued
The 6 P.M. to 5 A.M. pedestrian curfew will remain in effect
The Beaches and Bay front areas remain closed
NJ Dept of Community Affairs rebuilding restoration guidelines for Sandy Victims
NJ DCA Division of Codes Webpage
Evacuation Letter for Homeowners in South Seaside Park.
Homeowners who own property in South Seaside Park whose Insurance Companies need more than the Governor's Executive Order to prove they are not allowed to live in their homes at this time.
....Click Here to print the Letter