A new survey seeking the input of Atlantic County residents who registered for federal assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is now live on Atlantic County's websites.

The survey, sponsored by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health in partnership with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, aims to determine the unmet health, mental health and social service needs of county residents impacted by the storm.

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said the county wants to know what barriers area residents faced in registering for aid.

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"The question is just how many of our residents did this include and under what specific circumstances," he said. "And we'd also like to hear of the experiences of those who did receive assistance or may still be waiting for assistance."

The brief survey is strictly confidential. Participants will not be asked for personal identifying information and will not be contacted. 

According to Levinson, the survey results will serve as an assessment tool and will contribute to future emergency response and recovery efforts. They will also be used to create a plan to link Sandy-impacted residents with long-term recovery and educational outreach activities.

The survey can be found at aclink.org and readyatlantic.org.

Braden Campbell

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