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Belmar Hurricane Sandy Updates

The Borough of Belmar is collecting donations for Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery.
Click the button below to donate via Paypal.
Thank you very much for your generosity.

 

 

 

Taylor Pavilion & 10th Avenue Pavilion

Taylor and 10th Avenue Pavilions are poised to proceed into construction.  Click here for the final design of each building as publicly bid.

Taylor Pavilion Design

10th Avenue Pavilion Design

 

 

Hurricane Sandy FEMA Reimbursements


Belmar has been working diligently with FEMA to maximize the amount of disaster related expenses to the Borough.  Following are Belmar's Project Worksheets (PWs), note that project worksheets continue to be refined and amended as the reconciliation process continues.

Belmar Marina PW

Belmar Boardwalk PW, Part II

Belmar Roads PW

Belmar Cat A PW, Cat A Amendment

Belmar Cat B PW, Cat B Amendment

Belmar Library PW

Belmar Public Buildings PW

Belmar Maclearie PW

Belmar Silver PW

Belmar Sewer PW

* Stay tuned to this section as we update with more PWs

 

 

Hurricane Sandy Debris Removal Information


 

Over 20,000 Tons of Debris

 Over 111,000 Cubic Yards of Sand

As of 5-8-13

The devestation Hurricane Sandy leveled on Belmar was wide-spread and immense.  The Borough's response was agressive and required multiple approaches to simultaneously clear debris from our streets and pump out the massive amount of flooding that occured with the surge.  Several contractors were engaged by the Borough in the days and weeks after the disaster, to best position the Borough for the recovery efforts to come.  The documents relating to that clean up and by those contractors are available by clicking on the appropriate link(s) below.

State of New Jersey Emergency Orders & Notices

AshBritt Documents : Debris Contractor, State Contract,  Part II, Part III-Revised/Additional Invoices & Reports Final Invoices

Ferreira Documents : Debris Contractor, Emergency Contract, Part II

Marpal Documents: Debris Contractor, Existing Contract

Midlantic Documents: Debris Contractor (Pumps), Emergency Contract

JH Reed Documents: Debris Contractor (Pumps), Emergency Contract Part I, Part II

Broadco Voided Contract

John DeRouville Documents: Debris Contractor, Emergency Contract

Building Demolition Documents: Oceanfront Structures

Debris Summary by Category

If you have any questions regarding these documents or have other questions relating to the disaster response, please contact us at info@belmar.com.



Mold Guidelines for New Jersey Residents 


NJ CLEAN ENERGY HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Disaster Unemployment Assistance - Click Here 

Temporary Housing Rental Assistance - Click Here

Insurance Assistance

Information About Hiring Contractors - See if a contractor is licensed

Housing Assistance

 

 

 

Update: November 28, 2012 

HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY CURRENT NEEDS LIST

Gift Cards: Home Depot, Lowes, Taylor Hardware, Belmar Paint, Jaeger Lumber, Wal-Mart, Target & Kmart

 

Update: November 12, 2012 9:00 AM

FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center is open for business from 8:00am to 8:00pm at Boro Hall, 6th Street entrance. This is an excellent resource available right here in town for one-on-one assistance with your FEMA claims. Please visit them to get the most possible assistance.

JCP&L’s work continues and we now estimate that 80% of the town now has power. The areas that have not been restored are primarily those that were underwater for a significant amount of time.  For those of you who remain without power please continue to call JCP&L at 800-544-4877.

Inspectors have been working over the past few days to determine which properties were underwater and which were not. Once that is determined JCP&L will be notified which properties were underwater and then JCP&L will pull the electric meters. Once the meters are pulled from the houses which are unsafe they can then turn the power on for the other houses not affected by water. 

Anyone who had the electric service panel underwater must have their electrican file a permit and the service inspected by the Borough before JCP&L will return the meter.

We are still providing free water pump out, clean out and carry out.  Please call us at 732-681-3700.

BE WARY OF CONTRACTORS – if a price feels too much to you it probably is.  Please call 681-3700 if you are unsure if you’re getting a fair price.

If you have a contractor to commence work on your home, we are waiving and/or expediting portions of the permitting process. All contractors must register with the Housing Office at Boro Hall: 601 Main Street and must be a LICENSED NJ contractor.

Lastly, if you have the financial means and have not had an opportunity donate, we continue to accept donation at our website www.belmar.com.

Update: November 11, 2012 10:15 AM

Due to an overwhelming amount of generous contributions, Belmar is no longer accepting material donations for the Hurricane Sandy effort.  If you are blessed enough to be able to contribute monetarily, please donate directly at www.belmar.com.

Thank you for the amazing response from our community, region and county. ~ Mayor Matt Doherty

 

Update: November 11, 2012 8:00 AM

The curfew will be completely lifted for all streets west of B Street.  Because of continued power outages, all street east of B Street will have a curfew of 6pm to 6am.

JCP&L’s work continues and we now estimate that 75% of the town now has power. The areas that have not been restored are primarily those that were underwater for a significant amount of time.  For those of you who remain without power please continue to call JCP&L at 800-544-4877.

Starting today, electrical inspectors from the State Department of Community Affairs will be deployed into Belmar, they will be checking every home.  They will be carrying NJ Department of Community Affairs identification.

If you need a pump out of water or clean out of debris, please call us at 732-681-3700.

Today is Veterans Day  – Belmar will hold a ceremony to honor our veterans at Veteran’s Memorial between 11th and 12th at 9:30am.

Free pet grooming (cats and dogs) today at 11 am at Pyanoe Plaza, 9th and Main, Belmar. Everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy is welcome to come. The groomers are coming from all over NJ and other states and want to help your pet.

Update: November 9, 2012 8:00 PM

We are still pushing JCP&L hard to restore power to all homes in Belmar.  The phone calls we are all making are working, as we are up to 65% of homes that have power, which is an improvement, but still not good enough.  So keep calling them at 800-544-4877 and hammer them.

Halloween will be celebrated tomorrow in Belmar with tick-o-treating from 1pm-5pm on all streets except Ocean Ave or where you see dangerous debris and heavy machinery.  Also, we will have lots and lots of candy at boro hall on 6th and Main.

The curfew will begin tonight at midnight and expire at 6am tomorrow morning.  After that there will be no further curfew.

 

Update: November 9, 2012 9:30 AM

Free mobile pet grooming in Pyanoe Plaza, Sunday, November 11th beginning at 11 am for cats and dogs.

Dunkin Donuts is serving coffee at 601 Main Street today while supplies last.

The American Red Cross is serving hot meals at 601 MAin Street - go into the 6th Avenue entrance.

Belmar Elementary School will be open today for breakfast and lunch and activities for children between 9:30 and 1 pm. Children must be picked up promptly at 1pm.

November 10th at 10 am there will be an Insurance/FEMA workshop in the municipal court room. Please call to register, 732-681-3700.

Update: November 8, 2012 6:00 PM

We continue to have challenges restoring power to our town. We are working every channel at our disposal to accelerate JCP&L's work. Your calls to them are vital to this effort. If you are still without power please call 1-800-LIGHTS every day.

On Saturday, November 10th at 10 am, we will be holding an Insurance/FEMA workshop in the Municipal Courtroom. We will have experts on hand to give you an overview of the process and answer your questions. Please RSVP to Borough Hall at 732-681-3700.

We are continuing to distribute aid, free blankets, food and firewood are available to you. If you cannot come down to Borough Hall, call us to arrange a delivery.

Today the Borough engaged with a nationally renowned debris and waste removal company to accelerate our efforts.  This company was responsible for removing 250 million cubic yards of debris from Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Update: November 8, 2012 11:50 AM

Update of Specific Items Needed:
 
·         Work Gloves & Latex Gloves
·         Flashlights
·         Batteries
·         Bleach and other Cleaning Products
·         Rakes
·         Contractor Bags
·         Packing Tape
·         Markers (Sharpie-type)
·         Paper Towels
·         Rags
·         Sponges
·         Mops & Buckets
 ·        Firewood
·         Shelf Milk
·         Storage Bins
·         Cereal
·         Gatorade

Update: November 8, 2012 7:00 AM

Only 30% of town has power, which is unacceptable.  We are pushing for JCP&L to get power on for 100% of Belmar.  Please help us by calling JCP&L at #888-544-4877 and bombarding them with calls until we all have power.

Like you, I am very frustrated with the current situation with our electric and heat. However, I appreciate how much the community is coming together to help one another at this time.  If you do have electric and heat and have a neighbor who may not be as fortunate, please invite them into your home.

Warm clothing, blankets, food, medical supplies, over the counter meds and firewood are available at Boro Hall (601 Main Street).  If you cannot make it here, we will deliver to you.  Please call us at #732-681-3700.

If you need your basement pumped out of water or cleaned out of debris, please call us at #732-681-3700.

There are 3 streets that are open with check points from Main Street to Ocean Avenue.  They are 5th, 11th and 12th Avenues.

 

Stay safe and warm,

Mayor Matt Doherty

 

Update: November 6, 2012 9:30 PM

  • The National Weather Service reports starting Wednesday into Thursday you should expect heavy rain and winds up to 40 MPH with wind gust up to 60 MPH.
  • Secure your property during this storm.  Your generators must NOT get wet.
  • If your electrical panel got wet, you must have a licensed electrician certify it is safe and issue a letter stating the same with the electrician’s license number. You need to drop off the letter to our Building Department at Boro Hall (601 Main Street).  We will send it to JCP&L who will authorize your service to be turned on.
  • Large pumps working down at the lakes to remove additional water
  • Belmar DPW will pump out your home for free – call 681-3700 to get on the list
  • Dropping of temperatures may result in frozen pipes - drain  water from standing pipes
  • Belmar is making available at Boro Hall: Free food, drinks, ice, baby items, pet items, grief counseling and legal advisors.  601 Main Street 11:00am – 5:00pm

Update: November 5, 2012 7:30 PM

The election is tomorrow, November 6th, all voting will take place at 601 Main Street in the community center from 6 am - 8 pm. The town wide curfew will be extended until 8:30 pm.

We are continuing to pump out both lakes in preparation for the storm coming Tuesday night.

 
Power has been restored to 15% of the town. Electric crews are still working. If there is water in your basement be mindful of your electric panel. Please make sure the break panel is shut off.
 

Volunteers will be needed again on Tuesday, November 6th. Meet at 601 Main Street at 10 am. 

 Update: November 5, 2012 12:00 PM

Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty today announced that the Borough’s Hurricane Relief Distribution Center remains open and in need of certain items to assist residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Hurricane Relief Distribution Center is at the Belmar Arts Council Building, 608 River Road (@ Seventh Avenue), Belmar. Relief aid is now being deployed door-to-door to our residents.

The center is particularly in need of items to assist residents and volunteers in the cleanup and debris removal efforts currently taking place in the Borough.

Specific items needed are:

·         Work Gloves & Latex Gloves

·         Flashlights

·         Batteries

·         Bleach and other Cleaning Products

·         Rakes

·         Contractor Bags

·         Packing Tape

·         Markers (Sharpie-type)

·         Paper Towels

·         Rags

·         Sponges

·         Mops & Buckets

·         Firewood

 
“We are deeply grateful to those who have so selflessly donated to our recovery efforts here in Belmar,” said Doherty.  “We’ve received an outpouring of support from people all over the world through contributions to our website, Belmar.com, as well as donations to our Relief Center.  With the help of our local, state and federal officials, the generosity of our friends and neighbors and the strength and resolve of our residents, Belmar will recover, repair, and rebuild.”

Belmar residents in need of care and supplies should report to the Borough Hall gymnasium at 601 Main Street for free food, water, clothing, care kits and cell phone charging stations.  The gymnasium is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Generous donations of clothes have now fulfilled our clothing needs, the list above represents the items most in need at this time.

Professional food service vendors who wish to volunteer on-site outdoor cooking operations and food service delivery, should contact April Claudio at 732-681-3700.

Mayor Doherty also asked that anyone able to contribute to the financial relief effort towards Belmar’s recovery visit www.belmar.com.

Update: November 4, 2012 8:00 PM

NEW ITEMS

§  I am happy to report that limited areas of Belmar have been restored with power, crews continue to work to restore throughout the borough.  If you have power, and your neighbor does not, please invite them in.

§  The majority of Belmar streets are clear of water and our DPW is working diligently to clear the streets of rubble.  We thank you for your assistance and patience as our efforts continue, I know how frustrating this limited access can be.

§  The DPW crew has pumped out over 200 basements so far for FREE.  Call 681-3700 to get on the list.

§  Bulk pick up of household items continues, now by Marpal, ALL trash must be placed in the grass strip between your sidewalk and curb. DO NOT place in the street.  You do not need bulk stickers.

§  FEMA in on site and at Borough Hall to consult with you on your needs.

 

§  Halloween will be celebrated Saturday November 10th in Belmar.

 

§  Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th – THE ONLY POLING LOCATION FOR ALL VOTERS IS BORO HALL 601 Main Street – 6:00am – 8:00pm.

 

REMINDER

§  NEW CURFEW IN EFFECT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th. 6:00pm – 6:00am The curfew will remain in effect until further notice.

§  Free laundry service is available at the Busy Bee Laundrette at 1401 Main Street – 2 loads per family – bring your own detergent.  Hours are 10am – 5pm.

§  Red Cross Canteen serving hot meals is at Belmar Elementary School 1101 Main Street – go get hot food for your family.

§  Dropping of temperatures may result in frozen pipes - drain water from standing pipes

§  Phone charging station is now operational at 601 Main St & Lake Como Boro Hall (please offer your neighbor use of your generator to charge their mobile phones using a power strip outside your home if possible.)

§  Keep ID on you to present to emergency officials when asked

§  Belmar is making available at Boro Hall: Free food, drinks, ice, baby items, pet items, grief counseling and legal advisors.  601 Main Street 11:00am – 5:00pm

§  Some of our Friends are making free food available to our residents:

o   10th Ave Burrito from noon – 7pm

o   Jersey BBQ from noon – 3pm

o   Bar A from noon – 7pm

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NUEVOS ARTÍCULOS

  • me complace informar que zonas limitadas de Belmar han sido restauradas con energía, tripulaciones seguirán trabajando para restaurar en todo el distrito. Si tienes poder, y su vecino no, por favor invite a ellos.
  • La mayoría de las calles Belmar es clara de agua y nuestro DPW está trabajando diligentemente para limpiar las calles de escombros. Le agradecemos su ayuda y paciencia como continúan con nuestros esfuerzos, sé lo frustrante que puede ser este acceso limitado.

Tripulación de DPW el

  • ha inyectado a más 200 sótanos hasta ahora gratis. Llame al 681-3700 para obtener en la lista.
  • Masiva recogida de artículos para el hogar continúa, ahora por Marpal, toda la basura debe colocarse en la franja de hierba entre la acera y bordillo. NO lo coloque en la calle. No necesita adhesivos a granel.
  • FEMA en sitio y en Borough Hall para consultar con usted sobre sus necesidades.
  • Día de elecciones es el martes, 6 de noviembre – el sólo POLING ubicación para todos los votantes es BORO HALL 601 Main Street – 6:00 – 20:00.
  • Halloween se celebrará el sábado 10 de noviembre en Belmar 

 

 

RECORDATORIO

  • NUEVO TOQUE DE QUEDA EN EFECTO, EL DOMINGO 4 DE NOVIEMBRE. 18:00 – 6:00 que el toque de queda permanecerá en efecto hasta más aviso.
  • lavandería gratis el servicio está disponible en la lavandería de abeja ocupado en 1401 Main Street – 2 cargas por familia – traer su propio detergente. El horario es de 10 – 17.
  • Cantina de Cruz Roja sirviendo comidas calientes en Belmar primaria 1101 Main Street – ir a buscar comida para su familia.
  • Caída de las temperaturas puede resultar en congelados pipas - drene el agua de tuberías de pie
  • Teléfono carga estación ya está operativa en 601 Main St & Lago Como Boro Hall (ofrezcas tu uso de vecino de su generador para cargar sus teléfonos móviles mediante una regleta de alimentación fuera de su casa si es posible).
  • Mantenga ID en presentar a los funcionarios de emergencias cuando se le preguntó
  • Belmar es poner a disposición en Boro Hall: libre de alimentos, bebidas, hielo, artículos para bebé, artículos para mascotas, asesores de consejería y legal de pena. 601 Main Street 11:00 – 17:00
  • Algunos de nuestros amigos están haciendo comida gratis disponible a nuestros residentes:

Oh 10th Ave Burrito desde el mediodía – 19

O Jersey Bar A de mediodía – 15

o barra A desde el mediodía – 19

Update: November 4, 2012 6:10 PM

Belmar Residents Can Vote By Email or Fax if you cannot make it to the polling place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, which will be at 601 Main Street

  • Go to www.visitmonmouth.com
  • Print out the Vote By Mail Application
  • Complete Application and Fax to 732-409-4887 or email it to bsumick@co.monmouth.nj.us
  • They will email or fax you back a ballot which you will complete and email or fax back

 

Update: November 4, 2012 2:10 PM

We've been very fortunate to receive an abundant amount of donations. The only items we are currently accepting are: blankets, flashlights, D batteries, bleach, rubber gloves, work gloves, rakes, shovels, brooms, mops and safety vests. Thank you to all who have donated and continue to donate. 

Update: November 4, 2012 9:20 AM

If you sustained losses or damage from Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for disaster aid. 

You can call to apply: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) 
The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. 
For 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) 
For more information or to apply: www.DisasterAssistance.gov 
Or apply on your smartphone at: m.fema.gov 

When you apply for disaster assistance, please have the following available: 

- Social Security number (including your spouse's number) 
- Private insurance information, if available 
- Address and zip code of the damaged property 
- Directions to the damaged home or property 
- Daytime telephone number 
- A telephone number where FEMA can reach you or leave a message 
- An address where you can get mail 
- If you want your disaster assistance funds sent directly to your bank, provide the FEMA agent with your bank account type (savings/checking), account number, and routing number 

Disaster recovery assistance for eligible recipients is available without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status.

Update: November 3, 2012 8:15 PM

  • NEW CURFEW IN EFFECT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th. 6:00pm – 6:00am The curfew will remain in effect until further notice.
  • Restoration of Power: 6 bucket trucks are deployed around the borough and they are working on restoring power.
  • Free laundry service is available at the Busy Bee Laundrette at 1401 Main Street – 2 loads per family – bring your own detergent.  Hours are 10am – 5pm.
  • Red Cross Canteen serving hot meals is at Belmar Elementary School 1101 Main Street – go get hot food for your family.
  • Sunday morning, 10:00am Bishop O’Connell will be leading a mass honoring our first responders at St. Rose Church 603 7th Avenue.
  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th – THE POLING LOCATION FOR ALL VOTERS IS BORO HALL 601 Main Street – 6:00am – 8:00pm.

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   Aviso, toque de queda esta en efecto Domingo, 4 de noviembre 6:00pm-6:00am. El Toque de queda esta valida hasta nuevo aviso.

  • Restauración de corrient: 6 camiones estan trabajando por todo el pueblo para restauración
  • Servicio de lavandería gratis disponible en  Busy Bee 1401 Main Street.  2 manquinas por familia por dia. Por favor traer su propia jabon.  Horario 10:00am-5:00pm
  • La Cruz Roja Canteen está sirviendo comidas calientes en la escuela de Belmar Elementary 1101 Main Street- vaya para una comida para tu familia
  • Domingo en la mañana 10:00am Obispo estará al frente de la misa honrar a las socorristas a Iglesia Santa Rosa 603 7th Ave.
  • Día de las elecciones es martes, el 6 de noviembre-EL SITIO DE ELECCIONES PARA TODOS VOTANTES ES BORO HALL 601 Main Street 6:00am-8:00pm 
  • Las tuberias septicas estan operando al 100%
  • -Belmar  sacara el agua de su casa gratis llamar 732-681-3700 para poner su nombre en la lista de servicio.
  • Temperaturas bajas  pueden congelar las tuberias. Vaciar aguas de tuberias paradas.
  • Estaciones de cargar celulares son disponible en Borough Hall 601 Main Street.
  • Puede llenar recetas medicas en Rite Aid y Main Pharmacy. Porfavor traer  el envace de receta y una identificacion valida.
  • Mantenga un identificacion contigo presente cuando los oficiales de emergencias te la pidan.
  • Belmar esta haciendo disponible a Boro Hall 601 Main Street comida, bebidas, hielo, cosas para bebes, cosas para mascotas, terapias de consolacion, y abogados gratis y disponible desde 11:00am hasta 7:00pm.
  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
  • Llamar FEMA para ponerte en la lista de inspeciones FEMA 1-800-621-3362
  • Belmar Boro Hall tiene telefonos disponibles para llamar a FEMA
  • Trabajadores de FEMA tiene que demonstrar identificacion, y una carta de la municipalidad de Belmar.
  • Ten cuidado de contratistas, representantes falsos de FEMA, etc. llamar  al departamento de policia 732-681-1700 para verificar.

 Update: November 3, 2012 3:40 PM

Laundry services are now available at the Busy Bee Laundrette at 1401 Main Street.

Hours of Operation  10:00am – 5:00pm - BRING YOUR OWN DETERGENT

These FREE laundry services are made available in this time of crisis by the Borough of Belmar and the Busy Bee Laundrette.

Please limit your loads to TWO per visit and be aware of your fellow residents needs. WASH only essentials

Update: November 3, 2012 2:45 PM

Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty today announced that a Hurricane Relief Distribution Center is now open. The Hurricane Relief Distribution Center is at the Belmar Arts Council Building at the corner of Seventh Ave. and River Rd. (608 River Rd.) and will receive donations.

The center is a place for the public to bring donations to assist those in Belmar affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Belmar residents in need of care and supplies should report to the gymnasium at 601 Main Street for free food, water, clothing, care kits and cell phone charging stations.  The gymnasium is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Belmar officials stressed the ongoing need for flashlights (with batteries); shelf stable food such as canned tuna fish, peanut butter, and granola bars; baby food, laundry detergent and toiletries.

Professional food service vendors who wish to volunteer on-site outdoor cooking operations and food service delivery, should contact April Claudio at 732-681-3700.

Update: November 2, 2012 8:00 PM

§   The Governor has ordered “Odd/Even” fuel ups starting TOMORROW with license plates ending in an odd number. Open stations include:  

 o    Hess - 1009 Main Street in Bradley Beach  

 o    Hess - 1672 Route 88 in Brick 

o   Monmouth Service Area near exit 98 on the GSP.

§  Large pumps working down at the lakes

§  Sewers 100% Operational

§  Belmar DPW will pump out your home for free. Call #732-681-3700 to be put on a list.

§  Dropping of temperatures may result in frozen pipes - drain  water from standing pipes

§  Phone charging stations are now available at 601 Main St & Lake Como Boro Hall (please offer your neighbor use of your generator to charge their mobile phones using a power strip outside your home if possible.)

§  Prescriptions may be filled at Rite Aid and Main Pharmacy. You must bring your prescription bottles and valid ID.

§  Keep ID on you to present to emergency officials when asked

§  Generator safety: Do not use your stove or ovens for heat.

§  If you evacuated and had to leave pets left behind: Call #866-407-4787

§  Belmar is making available at Boro Hall: Free food, drinks, ice, baby items, pet items, grief counseling and legal advisors.  601 Main Street 11:00am – 7:00pm

§  Some of our Friends are making free food available to our residents:

o   10th Ave Burrito from noon – 7pm

o   Jersey BBQ from noon – 3pm

o   Bar A from 11am – 5pm (including breakfast)

 

FEMA

§  Call FEMA to get on the list for FEMA Inspection: 1-800-621-3362

§  Boro Hall has phones available to call FEMA to get on the list for FEMA Inspectors.

§  FEMA workers must present FEMA badge and Boro Letter

§  Beware of contractors, FEMA impersonators, etc; call 681-1700 Belmar PD to check

  

Update: November 2, 2012 2:00 PM

*Banking Association is still working on the mobile ATM from Bank of America. No commitment yet.

*Rite Aid Pharmacy open 8 am to 4 pm. You must bring the person who has the prescription or the actual prescription bottle with you for refills. They will bill you later for the costs.

*Main Street Pharmacy is open during daylight only. Same arrangements as Rite Aid. 

*Klein's is open and providing inexpensive meals.

*Hanley's Liquor Store is open 9 am to 7 pm. Cold beverages only, no ice.

*Taylor Hardware is open 9 am to 4 pm. Cash only. Have kerosene, bring your own can, as well as propane and cleanning supplies. No flashlights or batteries.

*Beckman's on Tenth Avenue is open 7 am to 7 pm and serving hot food.

*Family Dollar is open 9 am to 5 pm. Cash only. Have lots of AA and AAA batteries and FM radios. No flashlights and no perishable food. Has plenty of non-perishable food, clothing, diapers, etc.

*Jersey BBQ is feeding the public at no charge from 12 pm to 3 pm. Bring your dry food, produce and frozen meats and they will keep cooking.

*10th Avenue Burrito is open 1 pm to 7 pm. Pay what you can afford for food, even if you can't afford it you can go there.

*Mike's Subs is open 11 am to 5 pm. Cash only.

*Chinese Chef is open 11 am to 7 pm.

Update: November 1, 2012 8:30 PM

Good evening, this is Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.  I wanted to take a moment and update you on the efforts undertaken today and what we will be doing moving forward to ensure that our town continues to recover, repair and rebuild.

First, I’d like to reiterate our request to residents that they remove their cars from C Street to Ocean Avenue by 7 AM tomorrow, Friday.  If there are cars on those streets we will have no choice but to tow them as they are directly in the path of debris cleanup efforts.

We continue to work closely with state, county and local officials as we move forward from Hurricane Sandy.  In speaking with people throughout our neighborhoods, our small business owners and our first responders, there are some common questions that are arising as well as some information we feel it important Belmar residents be made aware.

The borough has a disaster recovery group in place to expedite the water being pumped from Silver Lake and Lake Como and they have begun work.  We are working with groups renowned for their work clearing the streets of water in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Clearing our streets of water and our neighborhoods of debris is our priority.  Pumping the water from these lakes back into the ocean will have the effect of getting the water out of our streets, allowing us to begin the rebuilding process.

As many of you have seen, we are also working with the New Jersey State Police and the National Guard to keep people away from the areas of our town that need to be cleared of water and debris.  This is our priority.

Please don’t hesitate to contact FEMA as soon as possible for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov. Their telephone number is 1-800-621-3362. Their TTY number is 1-800-462-7585.

Please be aware that FEMA representatives will be wearing FEMA jackets and carrying FEMA identification. If anyone approaches you claiming to represent FEMA, if they are not wearing a FEMA jacket and do not present FEMA identification, call the Police Department immediately.   

If you encounter contractors and would like to verify that they are licensed in the State of New Jersey, please check newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/ If you do not have internet access, please contact the Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846 or call Borough Hall for assistance.

We would also like urge residents to contact their insurance companies immediately and begin the claims process.

Businesses are now allowed, and encouraged, to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to serve the needs of Belmar residents.

Residents are allowed back in their homes from Main St. west (towards the river). We are working feverishly to open up the rest of the town. Regardless of where you live in Belmar, exercise extra caution as there may be hidden hazards left by the wind and water.

Do not under any circumstances use stoves or ovens for heat. Generators should be positioned so that exhaust fumes from the generator’s engine cannot enter the house. All homes should be vented due to potential hazards from materials forced in by the storm.

In short, we continue to move forward day by day in Belmar’s recovery process.  We will pump the lakes, we will dry our streets, we will remove the debris from our streets, and then we will begin to rebuild.  I want to thank you all for your cooperation and your willingness to work with officials as we move forward with our recovery.  Together we will rebuild our town.

 

Update: November 1, 2012 4:50 PM

Mayor Matthew Doherty met with Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) representatives today to make progress with disaster assistance. “We are working closely with FEMA, Congressman Frank Pallone, and Congressman Chris Smith to have a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center established at Borough Hall,” the Mayor reported. “We are also working closely with Governor Christie, state agencies, and county agencies to utilize their resources.”  

Belmar residents are urged to contact FEMA as soon as possible for assistance. The FEMA web site iswww.disasterassistance.gov. Their telephone number is 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Their TTY number is 1-800-462-7585.

“Be aware that FEMA representatives will be wearing FEMA jackets and carrying FEMA identification,” cautioned Doherty. “If anyone approaches you claiming to represent FEMA, if they are not wearing a FEMA jacket and do not present FEMA identification, call the Police Department immediately.”

“We are pleased to say that the Red Cross has begun delivering support for the people of Belmar,” Mayor Doherty said. The Red Cross delivered 900 “grab and go” lunches to Borough Hall, and they are available for pick up at the gymnasium at Borough Hall, 601 Main Street. They expect to be delivering meals on an ongoing basis. The meals are for take-out as there are not dining facilities at Borough Hall. Ice for the use of residents will also be available at Borough Hall.

The Mayor also has urged residents to contact their insurance companies immediately and begin the claims process. “Be clear about your insurance company’s procedures and requirements for claims so that they will not be delayed,” he advised.

Businesses are now allowed, and encouraged, to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to serve the needs of Belmar residents. “Obviously, electricity is an issue, but we need to get as much working in town as possible.”

Residents are allowed back in their homes from Main St. west (towards the river). “We are working feverishly to open up the rest of the town,” the Mayor explained. “Regardless of where you may be in Belmar, exercise extra caution,” he added, “as there may be hidden hazards left by the wind and water.” The Mayor also repeated an earlier warning, “Belmar residents should be extremely cautious when hiring outside contractors in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.”

Do not under any circumstances use stoves or ovens for heat, Doherty cautioned. He also advised care in utilizing generators for power. They should be positioned so that exhaust fumes from the generator’s engine cannot enter the house. All homes should be vented due to potential hazards from materials forced in by the storm. For example, mud from such a disaster gives off carbon monoxide.

Update: November 1, 2012 10:15 AM

All people looking to volunteer today can report to the Gym at 601 Main Street at noon. Donations of non-perishable food, water, gatorade and like drinks, flashlights and blankets are also being accepted at the Gym. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

All tax and water/sewer payment due dates are being extended. Do not rush to Borough Hall to make your payment. The interest will be waived. 


Update: October 31, 2012 4:54 PM

All vehicles must be off the streets from Ocean Avenue to C Street by 7 am Friday morning, November 2nd or else they will be towed. If your vehicle is under water please disregard this message as we will not be able to get to those Streets as of yet. Thank you for your cooperation.

Update: October 31, 2012 1:44 PM

Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty today announced relief efforts currently underway.  

“I would like to thank Governor Christie for his leadership throughout the Hurricane, and its aftermath and President Obama for assuring Shore residents that the necessary federal funds will be available to work through this devastating event.  I would particularly like to thank the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey State Police, Belmar first responders and residents throughout the Borough who have been working with us and keeping a cool head while we work through this unprecedented situation.

 Our 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM curfew will remain in effect until further notice.   To date, we have rescued over 140 families from their homes and we will continue to be on the alert for anyone else that may be stuck in their home with no way to leave.  We have mobilized Department of Public Works staff with additional equipment, and hired a contractor with several payloaders to begin cleaning up the beach and surrounding neighborhoods.  Belmar staff and the Monmouth county road department are also on the scene with six payloaders, an army dump truck and three high water vehicles.

The borough is in the process of hiring a disaster recovery firm, and they are providing three 18 inch high speed pumps.  Pumps are currently being used to lower water levels from Silver Lake and are in addition to Belmar’s pumps currently working to lower water levels at Silver Lake and Lake Como.  Draining these lakes will provide a measure of relief for streets in Belmar still under water.  We will be focusing on the northern and southern end of the borough first, as those locations continue to be under water and require the most urgent relief.

Belmar residents should be extremely cautious when hiring outside contractors in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  We will be working to ensure resident safety and the long-term welfare of the borough of Belmar.  We appreciate everyone who has offered to help.  We are currently using large equipment to help remove debris and it would not be safe at this time to have volunteers out on the streets.  We have set up a place for people to help with donations to assist our community recover from this disaster at www.belmar.com

We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.  The coming weeks and months will be trying, but our community has the resolve to rebuild.”

Update: October 30, 2012 6:47 PM

Monmouth County issued an order declaring a 7pm to 7am curfew in effect until further notice. Only essential personnel may travel during these times.  Continue to stay away from the boardwalk and flooded areas; we need to remove dangerous debris and sand.  The New Jersey State Police will be assisting our Police Department with patrolling streets.

Today has been a very difficult day for our town. Our Police, Fire Department, First Aid, and Water Rescue teams continue to work on clean-up and rescue efforts. Governor Christie visited the town this afternoon and he was told we need state resources to help get through the post storm efforts.  JCP&L is working on addressing the power outages however it may take up to 7-10 days.

Again, please be safe. Any questions call 732-681-1700, 732-681-3700 or  732-681-0452

Update: October 30, 2012 10:15 AM

Please do not come into Belmar. The roads are closed and is highly dangerous. If you need assistance please call 732-681-3700. Check back here or call tomorrow to see if conditions have improved. If you are in your house already please stay inside and do not travel. If you need assistance getting out of your house please call us.

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