Long Term Recovery Committee Making Progress
It's been five weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit the Garden State and ever since, there's been an amazing outpouring of support from local, state and national residents as well as organizations.
In Ocean County, the Long Term Recovery Committee continues to get themselves organized to help those who are in need after the devastating weather event.
The group, made up of non-profits, faith-based organizations and volunteers met for a second time in Toms River yesterday at the Elks Lodge on Washington Street. The goal of the group is to make the process of restoring the shore and the lives of everyone affected, easier and more streamlined. According to figures, Ocean County was the hardest hit in the state during Sandy and the cleanup and recovery is estimated to take anywhere from three to five years.
According to Sue Marticek with FEMA, "communication is a vital component in the process to make sure there aren't any redundancies." The group is planning to meet again in the coming weeks and is seeking 501C3 Non Profit status. During their next meeting, they will adopt leadership positions including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Marticek adds "there has been incredible support for everyone since the storm hit and we are here to help. This process could take a while and we need everyone to continue to be patient. When you look at the numbers, they are staggering. There have been 50,000 filings with FEMA in Ocean County alone. There's been 22,000 plus in Monmouth. So you can see Ocean took a major beating. We want to ensure that when all is said and done, everyone gets the help they need and no one is left in the dust."
About 200 people turned out for the meeting from various organizations including federal, local and state government entities.