What should you call for help with:
downed wires: In new Jersey contact PSE&G 1-800-436-PSEG or pseg.com/outagecenter or call the number or your utility bill.
utility damage: gas, electric, propane, cable, telephone, check your recent statement for service numbers to call.
structural damage: check with your insurance agency for repair claims.
flood damage : check with your insurance agency for repair claims.
downed trees: check with your local government or call a tree removal service.
Please call the authorities for your specific damage and wait for the trained employees to repair problems.
Stay out of the relief effort crews way so they can do their jobs.
Stay away from fallen trees, downed wires, and structures that are unsafe.
Don’t go under or over downed trees and wires even if you think it looks safe.
If you are using a generator please follow the manufacture’s instructions and be sure to use proper ventilation.
Remember whether you need help or can give help make sure you are using a reputable group, company or organization that is well-known. Be forwarned of people who take advantage of disasters to further themselves and will not help you in the end. If your house needs repairs, hire a well-known company. If you make donations of goods or cash use reputable organizations you know and trust.
Where you can find help:
Follow these helpful Safety guidance from American Red Cross Recovering After a Disaster or Emergency
AMERICAN RED CROSS to give money, find a shelter, or look for a loved one on the Safe and Well Listing
SMARATIAN’S PURSE to give money or your time
FEMA if you need help
DISASTER ASSISTANCE to find, apply and check on the status of your report.
LOCALLY: schools, churches, and other organizations are collecting items to take to shelters, check in your town to see where you can give. Read your local newspaper for collection sites and ways you can help.
UPDATES: my favorite radio station in New Jersey is keeping updates and much more information as it happens go to http://nj1015.com/
OTHER WAYS to HELP:
Donations can be sent to a new fund created by Governor Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie. https://sandynjrelieffund.org/index.html
Macy’s Department Storeis offering 20% discount through out the store and 10% of furniture, mattresses and rugs to those who have a completed insurance claim, or similar documentation. This program runs through May 2, 2013
You can also make a cash donation at any register in Macy’s through November 30, 2012. Macy’s will match dollar for dollar up to $500,000.
Sam’s clubs in New Jersey has waived membership fees so residents can recharge devices, use free WI-Fi and shop for supplies.
If you know of other agencies please leave a comment with the information to share with other readers.