Multi-agency resource center visits Manville to provide help for Ida victims
A multi-agency group, which includes representatives from the American Red Cross and FEMA, has been stationed across New Jersey for the last week helping residents affected by flooding from Ida.
Over a dozen agencies were in the parking lot at the Manville Public Library on Thursday to provide food and water.
Manville residents could check on the status of FEMA disaster assistance, or get a wide range of resources for flood victims.
“Seeing these guys out here picking up stuff and taking it away gives us some normalcy back to our lives,” says John Petrock.
In Somerset County, 130,000 homes were damaged. Over 100 residents are currently being supported by the county and the American Red Cross.
“Totally depressing,” says Petrock. “You feel terrible for people. You don’t know if the government is going to help or FEMA is going to help or if your insurance is going to help and really the way that things look around here any help is not enough.”
Residents relocated to hotels were bused in to take part in the event. The goal was to provide immediate and future assistance.
“It’s a one-stop shop,” says Red Cross communications director Diane Concannon. “You go table to table. The American Red Cross and we have caseworkers that would love to meet with you and will also have some of our cleanup kits and other disaster relief supplies on hand for you.”
FEMA also set up at the Fire House Number 3 on North Eighth Avenue throughout the day to connect residents with resources.