Northern New Jersey - Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery

Northern New Jersey - Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery in Moonachie and Little Ferry, New Jersey with Bergen County Long Term Recovery Committee

Contact:  UCC Disaster Recovery Registrar, Judy Moore
Address:  221 Moonachie Road, Moonachie, NJ 07074

Hurricane Sandy, in October 2012, left Moonachie and Little Ferry in northern New Jersey under several feet of salt water for days after a 9 foot ocean surge overflowed the Hackensack River.  Almost all of the small homes in this area were damaged and residents were traumatized.  Local organizations responded immediately to help support these communities and projects are now ongoing to repair homes in this area.  Much of the media focuses on areas on the shore so this small in-land area of Northern New Jersey tends to be overlooked.

Work Needed:  Repair/Rebuilt homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Time:  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning.  Work Monday - Friday.

Minimum Age:  16 years.  Volunteers under age 18 have specific waiver forms requiring parent/guardian signature.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:4

Group Size:  maximum 15.

Accommodations:  A house in Little Ferry is used to house volunteers.  The house holds 30 people at maximum, has two bathrooms and two kitchens.  Groups bring their own bedding and prepare their own meals.  The cost is $20 per person a night.  Other accommodations may be available.

Tools:  Groups should bring standard carpentry tools.

Travel:  Nearest airport is Newark, NJ.  Housing is within 5 miles of work sites.

Bonus:  20 minutes to NYC; 40 minutes to the shore.

Education Components: 

  • Preparation for the trip:  "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books.
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins:  Devotions for Disaster Volunteers" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your local congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View Sample Plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Diaster Coordinatorand stay involved.

UCC Identity:  UCC Disaster Recovery T-Shirts available for purchase from United Church of Christ Resources 800.537.3394 or "Buy It" cost of t-shirt is $7.00 plus shipping and handling.





Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115