Tropical Storm Ida Letter from Nutley Board of Commissioners and OEM

September 9, 2021


Dear Resident and/or Business Owner,


The Board of Commissioners and the Office of Emergency Management are very aware of the issues you have been dealing with over the last several weeks.  Consequently, we have been working tirelessly to receive state and federal assistance since Tropical Storm Ida.  Nutley received as much damage, if not more damage than any other area throughout the state.  We have been working very close with our County, State and Federal partners in order to get federal assistance into the Township of Nutley.  On Tuesday, September 7, 2021 tours of affected areas and documentation of damage began in anticipation of Essex County, including Nutley, being declared a major disaster area.  A special thank you to County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Assemblyman Caputo for all their help.


We are hopeful that FEMA will make the determination that Essex County is a major disaster area. Once that happens, funding will be opened up to homeowners and business owners.  FEMA will offer individual assistance in order to help restore your residence and/or business.  The Board of Commissioners and the Office of Emergency Management will be sending out alerts on all assistance that is available.


ALERTS AND NEWS RESOURCES
If you are not already receiving email alerts from the township, please sign up at www.nutleynj.org/emergency-notifications. If you currently do not have access to a computer or smartphone to register for the alert system, please contact the OEM Hotline at (973) 284-4902.

You can also receive information by monitoring the township website at www.nutleynj.org and the Essex County website at www.essexcountynj.org.  We are also working close with Nutley’s TAPinto online news to get information out to as many residents as possible. The TAPinto website is www.tapinto.net/towns/nutley.


INSURANCE INFORMATION
We recommend you call your insurance company and get an adjuster to your location to assess your damage. We also recommend you document and take photos of all your damaged items before you discard them. We also recommend you save all receipts on purchases to replace damaged items, construction, restoration and all costs associated with Tropical Storm Ida.


PSEG INFORMATION & INSPECTIONS
PSEG has been working on properly restoring gas and electric to the areas effected in the Township since September 2nd.  PSEG representatives will be wearing safety vests and will have ID cards with them.  It is important that you allow them into your home so they can make sure all of your equipment is functioning properly and will not be a safety hazard in the future.


NUTLEY CODE ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION

Construction permits are required to replace all mechanical equipment such as hot water heater, boiler, furnace, electrical panel, etc.  All electrical panels and outlets exposed or potentially exposed to water needs to be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor.

Please contact Code Enforcement for more information at (973) 284-4957 regarding other storm-related property damage and permits required. Please note all permit fees are waived for Tropical Storm Ida damages.


TROPICAL STORM IDA RECOVERY RESOURCES AND WEBSITES


Please find various resources below which you may find helpful.  Insurance claims should be filed as soon as possible.  The sooner the insurance process starts; the sooner we can get on a path to recovery.


NJ Hurricane Ida Assistance
https://www.nj.gov/health/er/emergency-preparedness/hurricane-readiness/

FEMA Hurricane Ida Assistance
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ida

Red Cross Shelter Finder
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html

Information on DOT’s Road Closures
https://511nj.org/home

Information from the Insurance Council of NJ
https://icnj.org/consumers-policy-makers/

Homeowners
https://icnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Homeowners-Post-Disaster-Insurance-Manual.pdf

Businesses
https://www.iii.org/article/filing-business-insurance-claim-after-disaster

Auto Resources
https://www.insure.com/car-insurance/flood-damaged-cars-tips.html

DHS Mental Health Hotline and Resources
https://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/
  

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