Today I attended a meeting with FEMA representatives and the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management in Harrison Township. In attendance were also the Mayors of the towns most affected by the storm. At this meeting, I conveyed various concerns and questions I’ve heard first hand from those residents dealing with the cleanup and recovery.
Please see the following items I would like to note from that meeting:
- BWHNJ Public Works and Gloucester County crews continue to remove debris from the impacted areas. Please place in piles at the curb. If at all possible, separate the trees / branches from other debris – fencing / sheds / decks / siding / etc.
- A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team will be visiting Woodbury Heights on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 15th and / or the morning of Thursday, September 16th. The team will be going door-to-door in the affected areas. In addition, a Mobile Command Operations post will be set up next to the railroad tracks in the Police Station’s parking lot.
- Please register for Disaster Relief at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ if you have not already done so.
- A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Gloucester County Municipal Library located at 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Hours of operation are:
- Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm
- Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
The recovery center can assist answering any questions you may have regarding the recovery process and can also assist with registering and submitting your request for disaster assistance. If your vehicle is damaged / undriveable and you require transportation to the recovery center, please email email@example.com and we will attempt to arrange transportation.
- The US Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, homeowners and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. Please visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ for further information.
- Mennonite Services (Volunteers) has offered their service with tree removal. If you have a need of tree removal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name, Address, and Phone #, and we will forward your information to the Mennonite volunteers.
- Other towns have received reports of price gouging. Price gouging is an increase in price that is 10% higher than the prices prior to an emergency. If you feel that a business has unfairly increased its prices, please email email@example.com for further information.
Cleanup efforts are expected to continue for some time. I met with volunteers this past Friday who have been assisting our residents in their clean up efforts. Their hard work is appreciated. Our own public works equally is working very hard keeping up with debris removal, and equally appreciated as so many of you have told me personally.
As you continue the process of recovery and a return to normal, please be safe and If you have a question, do not hesitate to contact me directly at (856) 381 – 3866.
Donations through the United Way of Gloucester County. United Way of Gloucester County is accepting donations to support the immediate and long term needs of the response and recovery efforts from the September 1s tornado and accompanying flooding and high wind damage in Gloucester County. All donations to this fund will be used for response and recovery.
The Borough of Woodbury Heights
The Borough of Woodbury Heights is located in Gloucester County, New Jersey. Woodbury Heights is bordered by Woodbury, Deptford and West Deptford. It has easy accessibility to major highways such as Route 45, Interstate 295 and NJ Turnpike. New Jersey Transit bus stops are also available in town.
Woodbury Heights is 1.2 square miles with the estimated population of 3,010 and 97.5% developed.
Woodbury Heights Borough Hall, Court, Police Station and Fire Department are located on Elm Avenue which is accessible from Route 45 and Glassboro Road.
Come visit Veteran’s Memorial Park which was built in 2005 with great pride and in honor of our residents who once fought for our great country. Come enjoy a picnic at Glen Terrace Lake and all the beautiful scenery it has to offer.
Our community is fortunate to have the Infant Jesus Parish, First Presbyterian Church, Spoken Word Evangelistic Church and the New Beginnings Bible Fellowship Church within our boundaries.