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Important Links on Hurricane Irene Recovery

Statement of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen on

Recovery from Hurricane Irene

“The devastation caused by Hurricane Irene is extremely serious, if not historic.  Widespread damage to personal property, businesses, and infrastructure will challenge our communities for many months to come.

“We all offer our thanks to our first responders and all county and municipal emergency personnel and other volunteers for their efforts to assist residents and we commend the Governor for his strong leadership and clear communication which saved many lives. 

“Of course, in the days and weeks to come, I will continue doing everything I can to secure all available federal resources to assist residents with resources, information and support. 

“In the meantime, please do not hesitate to call my Morristown office (973-984-0711) or my Washington office (202-225-5034) for assistance.”

IMPORTANT LINKS

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management:
http://www.ready.nj.gov/

New Jersey Emergency Helpline:
Dial 2-1-1 or (877) 652-1148

FEMA's homepage: http://www.fema.gov/

FEMA's site for individual assistance: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Internal Revenue Service's site for hurricane tax relief: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=245004,00.html?portlet=7

Information for businesses affected by the hurricane: New Jersey’s Business Action Center (BAC), 1-866-534-7789 or www.nj.gov/njbusiness/. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans.

Morris County Office of Emergency Management:
(973) 829-8600 or http://www.morrisoem.org/

Essex County Office of Emergency Management

(973) 621-4111or http://www.essexsheriff.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4&Itemid=7

Passaic County Office of Emergency Management:
(973) 881-7500 or www.passaiccountynj.org

Somerset County Office of Emergency Management:

(908) 725-5070 or http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/division/emergencyman.html

Sussex County Office of Emergency Management:

(973) 579-0380 or  http://www.sussexcountysheriff.com/about/emergency_management/

Family Preparedness - Floods and Flash Floods:
http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/flood.html

Family Preparedness - Power Outages:
http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/blackout.html

New Jersey Flood Status:
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=phi

Environmentla Protection Agency on septic systems:

http://water.epa.gov/drink/emerprep/flood/septicsystems.cfm

 

American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey:
(800) 507-6058 or http://www.redcrossnnj.org/index.asp?IDCapitulo=KQO9J7H3L2

Utilities:
If you have a flooded basement, power outage, or smell gas please call (800) 436-7734.

PSE&G outage map

JCP&L outage map 

New Jersey Transit:
For current bus and rail schedules, please visit njtransit.com or call (973) 275-5555.

Road Conditions:
For current information on area roads, please visit www.511nj.org.  

Department of Banking and Insurance: http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_consumers/insurance/hurricane.htm#after

Department of Health and Senior Services: http://www.state.nj.us/health/er/natural.shtml or contact their hotline at 1-866-234-0964.

Department of Transportation / NJ Transit:
For up to the minute transportation information including road closings, evacuation routes and all other breaking news all residents should go to www.511nj.org. While this web-site will have some NJ TRANSIT information we always encourage NJT customers to look for up to the minute information at www.njtransit.com.

Department of Environmental Protection: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/special/hurricane-irene/

Gasoline price gouging: The Governor's declaration of a State of Emergency activates New Jersey's price gouging law.  This law protects consumers who are preparing to evacuate or taking other action to protect themselves before an emergency, or preparing to recover after an emergency. 

The law prohibits the sale of merchandise, including fuel, at an "excessive price increase" during the State of Emergency or within 30 days of the termination of the State of Emergency. 

An excessive price increase is defined as an increase of 10 or more percent above the price at which the good or service was sold immediately prior to the State of Emergency; or, if there are costs imposed by the seller's supplier or additional costs of providing the goods, a price of 10 percent in the markup from cost, compared to the markup ordinarily applied by the seller.

New Jersey law also prohibits gas stations from changing the retail price of motor fuel more than once in a 24 hour period. 

To report violations or complaints, consumers should contact the Division of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-242-5846 or www.NJConsumerAffairs.com.