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August 1, 2013
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LINCROFT, N.J. -- Just as every home should have a smoke alarm, every home should have an emergency supply kit packed and ready. Being prepared doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
July 30, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- While the vast majority of people who have registered and received FEMA assistance have genuine needs, the rush to get millions in disaster assistance to those affected by Superstorm Sandy, sadly, presents opportunities for dishonest people to defraud taxpayers. Fraud increases the cost of recovery after a disaster and gives money to those without disaster-related losses, emergency management officials warn.
July 29, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Disaster assistance to New Jersey survivors of Superstorm Sandy by the numbers as of July 29: Total Federal Assistance: $5.4 billion
July 26, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Hurricane season officially begins each year on June 1, but unlike firemen’s fairs, cookouts and fun at the beach, the season for hurricanes doesn’t end along with the summer. As you begin planning your back-to-school shopping, now may be a good time to check your stock of batteries, bottled water and other emergency supplies that may be needed should New Jersey experience an autumn hurricane.
July 26, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Repairing your home after a storm like Sandy can be a physical and financial challenge but there are improvements you can make that won’t ruin your back or break the bank. Show your numbers Visible address numbers on a house exterior, street curb or mailbox make a difference in an emergency. Larger numbers are easier to see at night or during bad weather. After a disaster, a visible address helps inspectors locate damaged property.Caulk it up
July 23, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the State of New Jersey has approved $125 million in low-interest Community Disaster Loans for eligible jurisdictions in New Jersey. The program helps jurisdictions that have suffered substantial revenue losses from a major disaster to perform their governmental functions.
July 23, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Repairing damage after a disaster can be expensive.  In cases of severe damage, repair costs can be staggering. However, there are many improvements the handy homeowner can make for little or no money.  Projects such as the ones below make a big difference when the next disaster comes to town, and provide the extra bonus of lowering utility and home-maintenance costs year-round. Here are some ideas:
July 22, 2013
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  TRENTON, N.J  . -- Disaster assistance to New Jersey survivors of Superstorm Sandy by the numbers as of July 22: Total Federal Assistance: $5.3 billion
July 22, 2013
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- From Liberty State Park in North Jersey to Lucy the Elephant at the Shore, the state has a wealth of historic sites along the coast that have weathered the whims of Mother Nature for many years. Some, like Lucy, are more than 100 years old. These important historic sites require protection both before and after a disaster, when any damage that has occurred needs to be repaired in a historically and environmentally sound way.
July 16, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- As Sandy survivors begin making repairs to their homes, there’s one important tool they may need in their toolbox — a building permit. State and federal disaster recovery officials are urging citizens who are ready to begin repairs to first check with their local building officials to determine whether a permit to repair or rebuild is needed. In particular, most jurisdictions require some kind of permit for electrical work, plumbing and repairs for structural damage, such as foundations and exterior walls, among other things.

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