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Brigantine hosts Sandy recovery workshop Saturday

Residents still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will have another opportunity to seek help at a recovery workshop at the Brigantine Beach Community Center on Saturday.

City officials and representatives from a number of government agencies and nonprofits will be on hand with information and to help people apply for services. The event is sponsored by BrigStrong, the city’s long-term recovery group.

“What we’re attempting to do is to make this one-stop shopping for anyone with continuing problems,” said Michael Feely, the group’s vice chair.

The organizations present include the American Red Cross, AmeriCorps, the Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency, Habitat for Humanity, NJ Hope and Healing, and the Small Business Administration. Brigantine’s city engineer and construction official will also be there to answer questions about flood zone maps and house raising.

“We thought this efficiency would work for a lot of our residents because so many of the city officials have been getting the same questions,” Feely said.

Depending on the response to Saturday’s event, Feely said, more recovery fairs could be scheduled in the future. Five months after the storm, he said, residents are still facing issues related to reconstruction, house raising and obtaining payment from insurance companies.

Volunteers, meanwhile, are canvassing the city to help homeowners who may not have reached out to the organizations yet.

“My group of AmeriCorps crew is out canvassing Brigantine, handing out fliers,” said Sarah Tomt, a field supervisor for the nonprofit. “The workshop should be very beneficial to homeowners.”

Contact Wallace McKelvey:

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If you go

What: BrigStrong Recovery Workshop

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 265 42nd St., Brigantine

More info: 609-264-7350

 

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