Napolitano: Housing the Next Step in Recovery Process

U.S. Homeland Security director urged residents to use mass transit until fueling problems are resolved.

Housing for displaced New Jersey residents will become the focus in the post-Sandy disaster recovery process, U.S. Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said.

Napolitano was touring disaster recovery areas in Monmouth County on Sunday, including a stop at a Monmouth County supply distribution center at Holy Family School in Hazlet where she held a press conference with New Jersey officials.

“We know we lost a lot of housing in this area,” Napolitano said. “What we want to focus on is debris removal so that equipment can get in, so that housing inspections can be done and housing repairs for houses that can be repaired are done.”

Napolitano encouraged New Jersey residents who sustained property damage or lost their homes during the storm to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) so their needs can be assessed and addressed.

“We’ve identified and are identifying temporary housing that we will pay for – that’s part of the individual assistance declaration that the president signed,” Napolitano said.

In the immediate, gasoline availability and providing food, water and clothing to disaster victims remains a concern, she said.

FEMA dispatched 4,400 personnel into the area to go door to door to speak with residents and address their needs, Napolitano said. The agency has also provided over 8 million liters of water and a million meals and will keep that supply stream open for as long as necessary, according to the director.

Napolitano urged residents to explore mass transportation options while gas lines continue to pose a problem. The Department of Transportation provided 200 buses to assist the region.

“We ask people to gauge your gas needs to what you really need. We ask people to use mass transit to the extent they can. That would help everybody as we get everything restored,” Napolitano said.


To register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov.

suz November 04, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Oh relax, I did not take "info" as a political statement.
Mark Richert November 04, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Gee, how about spray-painting down bicycle lanes for the residents who don't have cars, or can't get fuel? Mass transit? Like the Jersey Shore line that was trashed? Why not take resources, and electrify the Jersey Coast line down to Asbury Park, while we're rebuilding?
Project Bluebeam November 05, 2012 at 09:44 AM
How about all the vacant, for-sale homes in Holiday City? I'm sure there are many displaced 55+ residents who love a plac to stay while things get sorted out.
L November 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Go home "Sis" wherever that is.
carolyn December 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I would like to sell my home in holiday city fully furnished. Is there any one looking to purchase rather than rent? Possibly someone that lost not only their home but everything inside.


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