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Ocean County Sandy Recovery Expo Begins Today [AUDIO]

Superstorm ravaged Ocean County continues to work on the cleanup and recovery, seven weeks after Sandy. A two-day expo will serve as a place for victims to get more information and the help they need.

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The Ocean County Library will partner with the County Board of Chosen Freeholders to host “Beyond Sandy: The Storm Resource Expo,” two expos that will present resources to area residents affected by the October 29th weather event.

The expos will be held at the Stafford branch (129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin) today, Monday, December 17th and the Toms River branch (101 Washington Street) tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18th. Both sessions will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from local, county, state and federal agencies that can help connect them with the proper resources to recover from the storm’s aftermath.

Informational specialists will be available to answer questions and guide attendees on topics such as financial aid; finding a contractor; avoiding scams; where to find emotional support; help with remediation; obtaining permits; help with heating and dehumidifiers; and how to explain the impact of the storm to children.

Susan Quinn, Director of the Library, says, “For us as information providers, we can bring experts in to help the residents. People like to talk about the library as that third place. It’s not work, it’s not home. But for many it’s almost like a second home now due to displacement. We have plenty of resources open to everyone who needs them.”

The expos are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

For more information about the event or if you are part of an organization that wants to participate, call the Library directly at (732) 349-6200 and contact Valerie Bell (extension 5404) or Nancy Bierbrauer (extension 5408.)

Meanwhile, the Freeholders and other County Officials are pressing FEMA for cleanup money and are also enlisting their Vocational Technical School students to help fix buildings that were damaged. Ocean County is also going to be offering courses and seminars to homeowners so they can learn how to help repair their own damaged houses. For more information, call 732-473-3100 extension 1000.

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