Partial List of Post-Hurricane Relief

A partial list of resources can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/okjerseycitylink to resource map at http://goo.gl/maps/K9HZh

To contact the 24-hour hotline to the Jersey City Mayor’s Action Bureau, call (201) 547 5563

ATMs

  • Downtown – PNC Bank,  95 Christopher Columbus Drive
  • Downtown, ATM at Wayne and Grove Streets outside Las America
  • Downtown, Provident Bank, 239 Washington Street
  • Journal Square, PNC Bank, 26 Journal Square
  • Heights, Chase Bank, 374 Central Avenue

Free Charging Stations: (electrical outlets available for free to charge for devices)

  • Pershing Field Community Center, 201 Central Avenue (Summit Avenue and Manhattan Avenue), Open 9 am to 7 pm daily
  • Joseph Connors Senior Center, 28 Paterson Street off Central Avenue
  • Mira Fruit Market, 500 West Side Avenue (by Williams St.)
  • Lowe’s Bayonne, Bayonne Crossing Way
  • NJ Lightrail Parking lots on West Side Avenue and Claremont Avenue, or call  800 436 7734

Gasoline (as of 11/2/2012; availability changes quickly)

  • Hess, Marin Blvd. and 14th Street
  • Quick Check, 54th St. in Bayonne
  • Gulf Gas, along route 1&9 & Duncan
  • Hess, Tonelle Ave.
  • EZ Gas, Tonelle Ave.
  • Shell, Tonelle Ave.

Meals/Food Distribution:

  • Pershing Field Community Center, 201 Central Avenue (Summit Avenue and Manhattan Avenue)
  • Jersey City Armory, 678 Montgomery St. (by Jordan Ave., Journal Square area)
  • Dr. Ercel Webb Pool, Johnston Avenue Pool (Johnston Avenue Entrance), 395 Johnston Avenue. (by Van Horne St.)
  • MLK Hub, Martin Luther King Dr. and Ege Avenue West Side Avenue Light Rail Station, Claremont Avenue on West Side Avenue

Pet Food

  • Liberty Humane Society on Jersey City Boulevard across the street from Liberty Science Center.
  • Joseph Connors Senior Center, located at 28 Paterson
  • Maureen Collier Senior Center, located 335 Bergen Avenue

Water & Ice Distribution

  • NJ Lightrail Parking lots on West Side Avenue and Claremont Avenue, or call  800 436 7734

Oxygen re-fills are available at these Fire Departments:

  • 255 Kearny Avenue, between JFK and Country Road 605/West Side Ave.
  • 355 Newark Avenue, by 5th Street in Downtown Jersey City
  • 715 Summit Avenue, by Jefferson Ave. in the Heights
  • 595 Palisade Avenue, by Congress St. in the Heights
  • Or call (201) 547 5681

Red Cross Stations/ Shelter:

  • Jersey City Armory,  678 Montgomery St. (by Jordan Ave., Journal Square area)
  • Dickinson High School and PS #7 have closed to prepare for school reopening

Quick Community Assessment of Post-Hurricane Sandy in Jersey City

On November 1, 2012, from 12:30-3:00pm, members of Anakbayan New Jersey walked around Jersey City to speak with the community regarding Hurricane Sandy.  We surveyed 37 people, mostly Filipinos, throughout West Side and Mallory Avenues (From Fulton St to Roosevelt Ave).

We identified the following as the community’s major concerns:

  • Lack of electricity
    Phones losing charge
    Limited supply of batteries
    Cash only transactions (ATMs are closed)
    No heating systems
    Loss of income (people can’t get to work; perishable products in small stores)
    Lack of transportation (trains are not running; no access to NY; road closings; limited gas stations; increased gas prices)
  •  Lack of communication
    Limited phone service
    Phones losing charge
    No internet access
    No landline
    Hard to get information other than through the radio   
  • Safety and security
    No street lights at night
    No traffic lights
    Rumors of break-ins and burglary

Beginning yesterday, October 31, Jersey City instituted a strict 7pm-7am lockdown. Pedestrians and vehicles are prohibited from the streets overnight in an effort to control incidences of burglary and store break-ins. Most of those surveyed were not aware of this, while less than ten people heard about it through word-of-mouth or from the radio. Overall, people thought the lockdown is a firm but fair safety measure, especially to avoid motorvehicle accidents and to ensure the community’s security.

There were mixed reviews regarding the response time of government agencies. Most people surveyed observed that the state’s disaster preparedness plan does not seem apparent because fallen trees are yet to be cleared up. In Ege Ave. there are 2 electric posts that are still laying around, 4 days since Monday, posing danger to residents. Country Village and Society Hill weren’t evacuated, and power has not been restored.

According to the PSE&G, their expected time to bring power back is on Monday, November 5. This is already affecting small businesses, schools and people’s livelihood. Majority of the businesses (banks, gas stations, offices, autoshops, etc) remain closed except for deli’s and groceries. These stores are also running low on basic commodities to sell and are only open  until 1pm, 6pm the latest. On the otherhand, folks we’ve talked to are already complaining because of the lost income due to businesses not opening.

Majority of the people surveyed were not receiving updated information, and relied solely on word-of-mouth. The local government is failing to effectively disseminate information on resources available, current state of the city, and other public service announcements.

Analysis:

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is affecting the lives of many Jersey City residents. 5 days and counting of no power is harmful to the predominantly working class communities of Jersey City. Many are unable to go to work due to the lack of reliable transportation or workplace being temporarily closed (due to lack of electricity). Therefore, many people are worried on how they are going to pay their bills, and local stores are faced with limited supplies.

Despite the community’s lack of access to power and information, the only government response present is the massive police presence and a citywide lockdown enforced by the JC police. The state’s obligation to keep its citizens informed with access to vital social services is not being fulfilled.