As our customers continue the arduous task of rebuilding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Natural Gas has compiled the following list of local, state and federal resources for those in need of assistance.
American Red Cross - provides much needed assistance – shelter, food and water, health and mental health services -- to individuals and families in the aftermath of a disaster or in times of an emergency. To locate your local Red Cross chapter, visit www.redcross.org or call 800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).
Disaster Assistance.gov - provides valuable information on how to access government resources before, during and after a disaster. Here you can locate community resources to help you move forward as well as apply on line for support services. For more information visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-745-0243.
Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (FDUA) - is available for New Jersey residents, especially self-employed individuals, who were living or working in the affected counties at the time of the disaster, and who are unemployed as a direct result of the damages caused by the storm. To learn more, visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development at http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - provides support to citizens to help them recover from and mitigate the effects of a disaster. For more information visit www.fema.gov/recovery-resources or call 800-621-FEMA (3362).
Internal Revenue Service: Customer Alert - Following major disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities as a way of getting money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. As such, it is recommended that those looking to donate work with recognized charities as a first step in avoiding fraudulent behaviors. Visit the latest news section of www.irs.gov for more tips on avoiding potential scams.
NJ211- is a resource, working closely with Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disaster as well as state and local government officials -- informing you of resources in your community that can aid you in the aftermath of a disaster or emergency. For more information visit www.nj211.org or call 2-1-1.
New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS)- provides The NJ Helps Services Home Page as a “one-stop” shopping resource for NJ residents, providing information on a range of programs and services provided by the DHS and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities. For more information visit www.njhelps.com or call 609-292-4087.
NJ Mental HealthCares – is a mental health information and referral service for N.J. residents, with mental health professionals on staff who use their experience and understanding of the mental health system to connect you to the information and services you need. For more information visit www.njmentalhealthcares.com or call 866-202-HELP (4357).
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management - provides information, news, alerts and updates with respect to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. For additional information visit www.state.nj.us.
United Way of Ocean County - raises money through workplace campaigns, fundraising events, foundation grant submissions, etc. The money raised in Ocean County is required to be spent on Ocean County residents. For additional inforamtion visit http://www.uwocnj.org/ourwork.html.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - provides a wide range of benefits including, Disability, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits to U.S. veterans. For more information visit www.va.gov or call 800-827-1000.
In the event you need to obtain copies of important documents (including birth and marriage certificates, a driver’s license, state identification card and social security card) that may have been lost during Hurricane Sandy, please contact the respective state and U.S. government agencies for assistance.
New Jersey Department of Vital Statistics: For more information visit www.state.nj.us/health/vital or call 866-649-8726. To obtain an expedited application to order copies of vital records visit www.vitalchek.com.
New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles: For more information visit www.state.nj.us/mvc or call 888-486-3339; out of state callers please call 609-292-6500.
U.S. Social Security Administration: To get an application for a new Social Security card and to find an office near you, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber or call 800-772-1213.