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Posted on: September 8, 2021

Hurricane Ida Updates - Township Activity and Resources

Ida Resources

September 24, 2021

Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for Adult Mosquitoes tonight, Friday Sept. 24 between 7 P.M. and 12 A.M. (Weather Permitting).

Spraying will take place on the following roads: Chaucer, Riverbend, Kuntz, Mt. Carmel, River Rd., Garfield St., Passiac Ave., Grant St., Campton Dr., Delmore Ave., Marion Ave., Maple Ave., Park Ave., Mead St., Berkeley Ave., Berkeley Square., Columbia Ave., Plainfield Ave., Nancy Pl., Bolton Blvd., Wren Ct., Cromwell, Rutgers Ave., Hamilton Ave., Cornell Ave., Oakland Ave., Lawrence Dr., Robbins Ave.

Meanwhile, the Township is working on cleaning debris from the streams and waterways. We are hoping to use FEMA money that may be coming to us from Hurricane Ida to help in this effort. 

N.J. Residents who Lost Jobs Due to Ida may be Eligible for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance -  New Jersey residents may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance if they lost their jobs due to Ida and live or work in one of the 12 counties declared a major disaster area. For more information, click here. (N.J. Labor Department)

Tropical Storm Ida Business Guidance and Resources - Stay up to date on the latest resources to help your business recover! Click Here For Information on Grants & Loans.

September 15

Ida Debris Pickup - 2 More Days -  Reminder: Tropical Storm Ida Debris Pickup Now Through this Friday, September 17; Chipping to Follow. This service is ONLY for residents whose homes flooded and need to dispose of household items as a result of this 500-year storm. Make sure all of your items our at the curb by tonight if yours hasn't been picked up already!

Mosquito Spraying - Union County is spraying portions of Berkeley Heights and other municipalities in the wake of Ida; however, this crew is small and cannot get to every town frequently. We are currently in an excessive mosquito period, given the recent weather. So please put on bug repellant and otherwise protect yourself when you go out as we continue to give the County areas of town where the bugs are at their worst. 

FEMA Assistance for Ida Victims - Governor Murphy has secured a Major Disaster Declaration from FEMA for Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties. THANK YOU to all of our residents who filled out the disaster assessment last week to help Berkeley Heights do its part to ensure Union County got on this disaster declaration list! This assistance covers temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs designed to help people and business owners recover. We continue to work with our federal partners to include all eligible counties and residents. Please visit nj.gov/ida if you need to register for assistance. The website is loaded with helpful information for residents and businesses trying to recover. In addition: 

Union County has launched a series of pop-up Hurricane Relief events around the County, providing assistance and case work directly to affected residents. The County will also be coordinating with FEMA to establish a Disaster Recover Location within the Union County where residents can meet directly with FEMA representatives. 

In addition to mobilizing emergency responses from various Federal Agencies, inclusion of Union County in the Major Disaster Declaration unlocks three main streams of federal funding to affected counties via FEMA:

  • Individual Assistance – Assistance to individuals and households;
  • Public Assistance – Assistance to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster damaged facilities;
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance – Assistance to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

Available assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Residents can also consult the FEMA Fact Sheet for more information.

Union County homeowners and renters affected by Hurricane Ida could be eligible for help from FEMA. If residents have homeowners or renters insurance, they are advised to file a claim through their insurance company as soon as possible as FEMA cannot duplicate benefits covered by insurance. Those that are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting disasterassistance.gov/ or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

For Businesses

Click here for information on Ida-related grants and loans

September 10

Damage Assessment Survey Due by 11 am Today

Reminder - residents have until 11 am today to complete this 5-minute damage assessment if your home was affected by Ida. Click on link below for the link to the survey. This survey is to ensure we have all the locations that have damage documented to submit to the State of New Jersey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is not an application for personal assistance, but rather to help the Township receive federal funding through FEMA so that we can better assist residents in Ida's wake.

Diamond Hill Exit off 78 Still Closed

The exit ramp from 78 to Diamond Hill Road, Exit 43, will remain closed for 1-2 months. The storm drain pipe broke and washed away the shoulder for the exit; repair work is ongoing. Please plan your travel accordingly. 

September 9

Mosquito Spraying Sept. 9

At the Township's request in the wake of Tropical Storm Ida, Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for Adult Mosquitoes tomorrow night, Thursday September 9, 2021, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 12:00 A.M. (Weather Permitting). This was originally scheduled for this past Tuesday. We have asked the County to add more areas to the list, which they did. Thanks to you all, we know there are more to add where the bugs are particularly nasty - awaiting confirmation as to whether those additional areas can be sprayed tomorrow night or will be done on the next go around soon. We will, of course, always keep you posted! 

Areas to be sprayed Sept. 9:

  • Chaucer, Riverbend Rd., Kuntz Ave., Mt Carmel, River Rd., Garfield St., Passiac Ave., Grant St., Camptown Dr., Delmore Ave., Marion Ave., Maple Ave., River Rd., Mt Carmel, Park Ave., Berkeley Ave., Columbia Ave., Plainfield Ave., Nancy Pl., Bolton Blvd., Emerson La., Janet La., Brookside La., Appletree Row, Beechwood La., Ralph Pl. Rodgers Ave.

Grant Program for Small Business

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority yesterday approved an emergency grant program for small businesses — those with up to 50 employees — impacted by Hurricane Ida and Tropical Storm Henri. Applications will be available Sept. 17 for grants of up to $5,000 to cover rent or mortgage. More here.

NJ Launches a Website with Ida Resources and Information

Residents in need of shelter — or those who would like to donate or volunteer — can head to http://redcross.org. The state’s website has a list of important phone numbers and updates. For more information, click here. (NJ Spotlight News)

If You Have Been Hit by Ida, Save Receipts and Take Pictures

"If you are a small business owner that was impacted, take pictures, save your receipts, keep documentation," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. "If you can demonstrate you had a problem, and you can demonstrate you had damage, that will make life a lot easier for our programs, for the federal programs, for insurance." (ROI-NJ)


Union County Offers Ida Assistance Via Popup Centers Sept. 10 & 14  ida8-1583x2048

Union County will be in multiple towns in the coming weeks to assist residents who were affected by Hurricane Ida. Assistance and case workers will be available to help residents in Cranford on Friday, September 10th and Rahway on Tuesday, September 14th. Attendance to both events is free and open to all county residents who need assistance regardless of town of residence. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

“Union County is working round the clock to provide all residents who require assistance with what they need to recover from the devastating impact this storm has caused,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We recognize the urgency of the situation, and our staff will be on the ground to assist those affected in a direct and timely fashion so that our residents can get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Union County Disaster Relief Resource Events will be scheduled at various locations around the County in the coming weeks. Currently, events are scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, September 10, 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. - Cranford – Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue
  • Tuesday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Rahway – Rahway Community Center, 3 City Hall Plaza
Services and information that will be available to residents at the pop-up locations will include assistance with:

•Assistance processing property damage or loss claims

•Replacing missing documents or identification

• Access to temporary housing

• Food assistance

• Stress Counseling

Representatives from the Union County Clerk’s Office will be on hand to guide with replacing missing documents and identifications. Union County Office of Emergency Management staff will have access to FEMA resources on site. Residents who need transportation within Union County to attend the pop-up events can schedule a ride with Union County Paratransit Services by calling 908-241-8300. 

Attendees will also be able to get COVID-19 Vaccinations (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) as well as COVID-19 testing at all Disaster Relief Resource Events. Basic Health Screening will also be available. Upcoming events will be announced on ucnj.org and on County social media for the Disaster Relief initiative.

Important Links to Check Out:

Residential Ida Storm Damage Assessment - Residents who have suffered damage to their homes from Tropical Storm Ida; please fill out this quick damage assessment by 11 am THIS Friday, Sept. 10.

Tropical Storm Ida Debris Pickup Begins Friday Sept, 10; Chipping to Follow - This service is ONLY for residents whose homes flooded and need to dispose of household items as a result of this 500-year storm.

Ida Resources for Small Businesses - Info on financial assistance and other resources for small businesses impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.



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