2012 Nov 3rd

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Updates

We hope all of you are safe and suffered minimal damage.  It is heartening to see our community come together as it is right now.  There are abundant resources available to help those in need.

The best source of  information I’ve found, especially with limited internet & phone access, has been to follow the twitter feed #Hoboken.  Mayor Zimmer is holding press conferences every day at 2pm with updates on progress.

There is a crowd sourced google map showing where power had been restored to date.

There is another map of shelters, charging stations, food distribution, etc..

If you are in the middle of a transaction – call your lawyer, mortgage lender, insurer as soon as possible to update the status of your situation.

If you are a homeowner, take pictures and document any damage and call your insurer immediately.  Claims are often processed in the order they are received.

If you are bored, please volunteer.  City Hall is the place to go to offer your services to others.

If your kids are bored:

Passing along again for a resident:
Movie day, twice a day. Moms are welcome to come over at 10.30am and 5pm for a movie and / or anytime in between to play. I’m providing lunch and dinner, snacks and supplies. Kids can play, moms are welcome to charge any items and also do washing if needed.
90 Adams street, unit 1.  Please call me on 201 515 1472 if you need further info.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour tonight.

Tuesday is election day!  Important votes not only for the Presidential election but the local school board and the rent control issue as well.

Info from the City of Hoboken website (Mayor Zimmer & crew are doing an amazing job):

FOOD: 6 POD locations (10am-4pm): 76 Bloomfield St, 1st & Jackson, 220 Adams, 5th & Park, 9th & Jefferson, Fox Hill (13th & Willow). Bring shopping carts, bags, or backpacks to carry supplies back. The A&P, Target Jersey City, downtown CVS, uptown Rite Aid, Kings, Aspen Market, Basic, and other stores are reopening. Food trucks with free meals are at Church Square Park, 3rd St & Washington St, and other locations throughout the city. Elks Club (10th & Washington) is serving hot food.

DISASTER RELIEF (FEMA): Call: 800-621-FEMA (3362), Online:www.disasterassistance.gov, In person: A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will be set up in Hoboken in the next few days.

MEDICAL: HUMC is open (7am-7pm) as an urgent care center only. CVS (Newark St & Washington St, 9th & Clinton), Walgreens, uptown Rite Aid (13th St & Willow Ave) are open. For emergencies: 911.

POWER: PSE&G & FEMA are working to restore power as quickly as possible. Dozens of personnel are working at each substation. Facilities have extensive water damage, and a lot of equipment has to be replaced before service can be restored. Partial power was restored beginning Thursday evening. PSE&G info center is at Washington & Observer Hwy and also has free charging station, laptops, wifi, and ice.

WATER: The tap water is safe to drink. Water tanks are available at 1st St & Washington. Bring your own container.

ICE: Free ice is available at PSE&G comfort center at Washington St & Observer Hwy.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER: 415-659-6289/7743/7750/4471 & 214-561-0673

GARBAGE: Trash pickup has resumed. Damaged furniture can be left at curb. Separate white goods (appliances) into separate pile. They must be recycled. NO electronics.

GAS: The State has begun gas rationing on Saturday (even/odd days for even/odd last number on license plates). Vanity/all letter plates = odd). Hess on Boulevard East in Weehawken is open.

ATMs: Observer Hwy & Bloomfield St, Hudson & 4th, 2nd & River. Citibank at 1st & River opens Saturday 9am. Restrict ATM visits to daytime hours.

BUS: Free shuttle (school bus) will run continuously up and down Washington St (9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm).

ELECTIONS: The Election is still scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Voting will take place at usual polling locations. Paper ballots can be cast early at County Clerk’s office during weekend or Monday (at least 8:30am-4:30pm). Questions? Division of Elections: 201-369-3470 (opt 6).

DONATIONS: Need flashlights and batteries, baby formula, baby food, baby and adult diapers, blankets, toiletries, and non-perishable food can be delivered to Hoboken High School (8th & Clinton). NO DONATIONS to City Hall. Please: no water or clothing, no glass donations.

CITY EMPLOYEES: Report to work on Monday, November 5, 2012.

ALL RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK ON THEIR NEIGHBORS

Finally, if you are not in town and need us to check on your building, send us a text or email.  We will do it for you.  Of course, feel free to contact us with any other questions or issues.

Hang in there, Hoboken!  We’re in this together and will come out even stronger than before.

 

Best,

Lori & Howie

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