Thursday, May 23, 2013
Disaster-specific damage coverage among concepts aired at Rutgers conference on impact of climate change
The impact of climate change goes far beyond the obvious issues of public safety and disaster planning, participants stressed during a conference held yesterday at Rutgers University. New Jersey should be considering future costs, long-term health risks, and even social justice issues when considering how to deal with a warming climate, they said. The good news is that there are some creative ideas on how to deal with the varied effects of climate change, regardless of its cause. For instance, New Jersey could protect itself against the vast cost of future disasters like Superstorm Sandy by taking out insurance that would pay in the event of hurricanes or other natural calamities. State or county governments could buy policies that would …
Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County held its first annual 5k run to support its ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore.’ program in Little Ferry over the weekend at the Oradell Reservoir
Over 150 runners hit the ground running on Saturday in the first annual Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County 5k Race to Build for Little Ferry victims from Hurricane Sandy. The race, which raised over $3523, to benefit the affiliate’s ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore’ Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program in Little Ferry, was held at United Water's offices in Harrington Park next to the Oradell Reservoir. Habitat Bergen has embarked on a long-term commitment of rebuilding in Little Ferry over the next 18 to 24 months. To date, Habitat Bergen has completed work in five homes with the help of two GM Mobile Response Units fully equipped with Bosch and Lowe’s tools.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County will host a 5k to support its ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore.’ Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program in Little Ferry this weekend at the Oradell Reservoir
Get your running shoes ready this Saturday as Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County kickstarts the spring weather with a 5k Race to Build for Little Ferry victims from Hurricane Sandy. The race will take place at United Water on the Oradell Reservoir in Harrington Park. The event will raise support from community residents and local businesses for the affiliate’s ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore’ Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program in Little Ferry. “With five homes completed and a backlog of 70 more applicants, with that number growing, Habitat Bergen has embarked on a long-term commitment of 18-24 months in Little Ferry, in order to reach every low-income homeowner in need of restoration,” said Jacey Raimondo, Executive Director. “We are thankful…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Daneyko, Driver, Leetch, Duguay among those scheduled to play
Wednesday, April 3
Tickets went on sale Tuesday for a charity hockey game to the Prudential Center in Newark pitting some of the greatest players from North America and Russia. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The game will be held April 13 at 1 pm. New Jersey Devils greats Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver, Grant Marshall, Jim Dowd, and Sergei Brylin, among others, will face off against a squad of Russian legends including Vyacheslav Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov, Valery Kamensky, Alexey Yashin and Darius Kasparaitis. The Devils alumni squad will be joined by fellow alums Bob Carpenter, Billy Guerin, Claude Lemieux, Randy McKay, Stephane Richer and Brendan Shanahan. Skating with the Devils will also be NHL Legends Ron Duguay, Brian …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Approximately 342 businesses were also impacted by the storm
Hurricane Sandy damaged a total of 95 homes in New Milford, according to state Department of Community Affairs data reported by NJSpotlight.com and FEMA. The majority of homes sustained "minor damage," meaning costs up to $10,000 were needed although atleast one home was truck by "major damage" with repairs ranging up to $28,000. Rental damage raned from under $10,000 in reapirs up to $30,000, according to FEMA. A total of 95 homeowners and 56 renters in the borough applied for aid, according to data from FEMA. The average inspected damage was $1,604 in the borough . There were approximately 342 local businesses impacted by the storm, according to the NJSpotlight.com report. Neighbors in River Edge and Oradell also saw 95 homes damaged by …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The utility disputes a claim that projects will substantially increase bills for residential and industrial customers.
Public Service Electric & Gas is facing mounting opposition to its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to harden its power grid to prevent widespread outages during major storms. In a letter sent late yesterday afternoon to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, five of the state’s most prominent lobbying organizations urged the agency to reject out of hand or delay indefinitely PSE&G’s proposal, submitted to the agency in February. They said it would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. Do you support PSE&G's plan? Click here to take part in a Patch readers' poll and make your voice heard. The concerns raised by the groups underscore how difficult it will be for the agency and the state’s utilities to …
Monday, March 11, 2013
In the aftermath of Sandy, Symposium highlights the importance of mental health care.
Effective delivery of mental health services in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy was the subject discussed by a panel of social service providers who gathered at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Friday morning, March 8. During the forum, "Superstorm Sandy: The Emotional Aftermath," moderator Steve Adubato, well-known author, lecturer, and political analyst, queried the panel on the emotional impact of an event like Sandy. Keynote Speaker, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, opened his address with the claim that "trauma is everywhere today." He said that the distinction commonly made between "health care" and "mental health care" is a false one. He said that such thinking creates a stigma for those who are …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
All proceeds from merchandise and beer sales benefit storm charities.
Wednesday, February 20
Pub dwellers can raise a pint and raise money for superstorm Sandy victims with the debut of FU Sandy draft. The hybrid white ale (the FU stands for Forever Unloved, of course) is a special brew created by New Jersey's own Flying Fish Brewing Co. All proceeds are dedicated to Sandy-related charities, and Flying Fish hopes to raise at least $50,000 from beer and merchandise sales. Flying Fish founder Gene Muller said the brewery "knew immediately that we wanted to do something to help" after Sandy struck, the Huffington Post reports. "Every single aspect of this beer, from the man-hours spent brewing it to the hops used to season it to the kegs that will contain it, has been donated so every cent brought in goes to superstorm Sandy victims…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, Division of Consumer Affairs launch database of vehicles damaged by the storm.
More than 50 Porsches, five Rolls Royces and three Ferraris are among the thousands of flood-damaged and salvaged vehicles collected in a new database in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and Division of Consumer Affairs has announced a partnership designed to help the public determine whether they are unknowingly purchasing a vehicle damaged by the storm. According to a release from the Attorney General's Office, there was a 6,000 percent spike in flood-damaged and salvage vehicle titles throughout the past three months, following the storm. According to state law, if a vehicle has suffered such damage that it is not practical to repair or it has been declared a loss by the insurer, the owner of …