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Post Hurricane Sandy 2012

Power Restoration after Superstorm Sandy

Nearly the entire Central Avenue business district was without power for nine (9) days as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The first power outage on Central Avenue started on October 29th, the night of the Hurricane, and ended at 1:15 pm on Monday November 5th. A second power outage occurred later in the week after a network failure early morning Thursday November 8th. The power outage that started at 2 AM was resolved by 3:15 PM that day.

Central Avenue after Hurricane Sandy

PHOTOS: Walking down Central Avenue after Hurricane Sandy


Message to CASID Members and all Jersey City Heights Residents:

As we all focus on recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the CASID sends out our thoughts and prayers to those who may still be suffering weeks after the superstorm.

To supplement local news feeds, the CASID has and will continue to post hurricane related news links on our facebook and twitter accounts as it becomes available. The Hurricane caused considerably much less damage to the Jersey City Heights then other areas around the City, County, and State. Kennedy Department Store (270 Central) sustained partial facade collapse. The gazebo at Riverview Park was damaged. Most of Central Avenue's banners were torn to shreds. During the blackout, Stop & Shop Supermarket (232 Central Avenue) had full power and was open for business. Also opened with full power were Dunkin Donuts (318 Central), Rivas Medical Supplies (316 Central), Metro PCS (314), Sculpture Nails (314 Central), Renatos Pizza Masters (276 Central) and Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant (422 Central). Many other Central Avenue businesses were open during the outage with limited power, products, and hours of service.

In the weeks that followed Hurricane Sandy, the CASID has continued to receive communication from numerous agencies that are sending information that may benefit small businesses. The CASID will make this information accessible to our members using this website (www.JCHeights.ccom). Please read the section below "IF YOU HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE STORM" to search for a program that may be of assistance. More information will be posted in the days ahead as it becomes available.

All things considered, Jersey City is extremely fortunate the damage was not more severe. Please consider making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief and be aware of the potential for fraud/ scams in the aftermath of the disaster. If the CASID office can assist or guide you in any way, please contact us as soon as possible.


Central Avenue S.I.D. Management Corp.

Things To Know In Jersey City:

If You Have Been Affected By The Storm:

  • More than 49,000 have registered with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in NJ for disaster relief and more than $31M in assistance has already been approved. A major disaster declaration has been issued for all 21 NJ Counties. The number of those assisted will continue to increase as residential power is restored and those affected are able to register for assistance with FEMA online, as well as through their 800#. If you live in Hudson or Bergen or one of the other counties affected by Hurricane Sandy, we encourage you to apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585 or if you have access to the internet, applying online at www.disasterassistance.gov.  You can download a FEMA smartphone app here
  • FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center on the ground floor of the Jersey City Museum Building (350 Montgomery Street in downtown Jersey City) as of 1:00 pm November 6th. It will be operational from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
  • The SBA, Small Business Administration, is making Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in Bergen and Hudson Counties. Disaster loans up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets are available at low interest rates. Apply at:https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
  • Disaster Unemployment Insurance is available to workers and businesses for lost wages during temporary or long-term business shut-downs related to Hurricane Sandy. The first step in applying for disaster unemployment assistance is filing an unemployment claim. You will be asked the reason for your separation from your employer. Select "Other," then type "Hurricane Sandy" in the comment box. If you cannot file online, file by phone: North Jersey (201) 601-4100. Visit NJ's Department of Labor & Workforce Development for more information.
  • The State of New Jersey is inviting those affected by the storm to please visit the Hurricane Sandy Information Center for detailed information and resources. To support the recovery of New Jersey's businesses and protect the overall economic interests of our state in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno have announced a series of business assistance services for those affected by the storm. Among these vital services are those related to financial support, information on temporary space, and technical assistance for impacted businesses. Information for all services may be easily accessed through New Jersey's Business Action Center (BAC) by calling 1-866-534-7789 or through the state's business portal, the "one-stop" shop for business resources. Agents are also available to assist callers that speak Spanish. 
  • New Jersey's Clean Energy Program offers rebates for businesses that need to replace equipment damaged by the storm. They are also sponsoring a program called Direct Install that can help small businesses replace older appliances, electrical and heating equipment by paying for up to 70% of the replacement costs. A flier with all the details is available for download here.

How You Can Help:

  • Governor Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie have established the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to raise funds and resources to help New Jersey families impacted by the devastation of the storm.  Visit www.SandyNJReliefFund.org to make donations online.  Or, you may also visit www.redcross.org to make a monetary donation.
  • New Jersey’s ongoing critical blood shortage is an even more severe situation as many blood drives were canceled due to the storm. Visit www.redcrossblood.org or www.givebloodnj.org for more information and to make an appointment to donate.
  • If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer, please call the emergency response hotline 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397), 609-775-5236 or 908-303-0471 to sign up.
  • Visit Jersey City Sandy Recovery website to learn more about recovery efforts being spearheaded by local residents

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