LTRG’s provide assistance or resources for disaster survivors beyond the limits permitted by government-based disaster recovery programs, and they have the support of NJOEM, according to Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the NJ State Police and State Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management.
“We are grateful to the member organizations who have organized to lend various types of expertise and capacity to disaster survivors such as rebuilding or clean-up assistance, replacing appliances or furniture, and counseling,” Fuentes said in a prepared statement. “They are a critical part of the long-term recovery process.”
The LTRG’s consist of representatives from private non-profit agencies, local businesses, faith-based groups, and government agencies who are vested in the community’s healing and regaining a sense of normalcy, Fuentes said.
LTRG’s offer casework management for disaster survivors, provide construction management expertise, assist with volunteer or donations management, conduct counseling or spiritual care, and offer other types of help in removing barriers to long-term recovery.
They are committed to maintaining fiscal controls, reporting on the funds they receive and how they are spent, and communicating with the disaster survivors about services and resources available.
New Jersey LTRG’s have received funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Red Cross, the United Way, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, World Renew, the Community Action Partnership and various types of assistance from private and non-profit sector organizations.
Those in need in Middlesex County can contact the local LTRG at 732-390-7074 or visit www.middlesexltrg.org.Additional recovery information is available at the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management's website.