I am also proud of the resiliency of our community—both residents and business owners—during this time of hardship. As we continue to recover, residents and businesses should be aware of the resources that are available from state and federal agencies to help them with the aftermath of this natural disaster.
In addition, homeowners can file claims for damaged or missing items by contacting their insurance agent. For more information contact the state Department of Banking and Insurance at 1-800-446-7467 or www.njdobi.org. The Department of Banking and Insurance also warns of hiring fake contractors and has offered advice for addressing this at www.state.nj.us/dobi/pressreleases/pr110830.htm.
The state Division of Consumers Affairs has also warned residents to be aware of scams targeting people who are already suffering and asks residents to be wary of phony contractors or charities.
We must also be mindful that there may be more storms to come as Atlantic hurricane season does not end until November 30th. Therefore, it is important to be prepared for potential hurricanes or storms over the next few months.
Our communities and businesses have pulled through Hurricane Irene, but I want them to know that they are not alone. Elected officials and government agencies are available and working to ensure that
Dave Rible is NJ Assembly Republican Whip