Today marks the six month anniversary of Sandy’s arrival here in the Northeast. This is a reminder of why I entered the Mrs. New Jersey United States Organization pageant, to shine light on the communities being left in the dark. I want them to know that many areas throughout New Jersey are still struggling, trying to rebuild and recover!!! Some only lost power while others lost their belongings, their homes, their businesses and most importantly their hope to move forward.
My grandmother was one of many residents that lost everything. Many did not gather much of their belongings, thinking it would not be as bad as the weatherman were claiming. Well they were right for a change, but we are all sticking together and trying to make the best out of a horrible situation. This has only made us stronger as a community and I am proud to represent my hometown in the Mrs. New Jersey United States pageant. I hope to take home the crown for the opportunity to spotlight my platform on a national level in the Mrs United States pageant in Vegas this July. No matter what happens I am honored to have this opportunity to speak upon my platform on a state level and look forward to what the future holds. God Bless our Garden State!!!!!
Article in the Denver Post of the Six Month Anniversary: Six Month Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
Christie estimated 39,000 New Jersey families remain displaced, down from 161,000 the day after the storm. In New York, more than 250 families are still living in hotel rooms across New York paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, while others are still staying with relatives or living in temporary rentals.
It was reported that some homeowners received as little as $8,000, while others received as much as $29,000 even with the same amount of damage.
“We’ve made a lot of progress in six months; I know we still have a long way to go,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Governor Chris Christie paid a visit to Bahrs Landing in Highlands, NJ to announce that the Obama Administration has approved New Jersey’s application for $1.83 billion in grant funds to assist businesses and homeowners from the 9 counties catastrophically impacted by Hurricane Sandy. “Community Development Block Grant” (CDBG) Program for Sandy Recovery.
Only residents and business owners who register for FEMA by 11:59pm on Wednesday May 1st, will be eligible for CDB grants (as per Chris Christie)
Anyone who has not yet registered with FEMA should do so immediately by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by visiting FEMA’s website at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/