Monday, August 18, 2014

Pallone Attends Disaster Recovery Workshop and Tours Rebuild of Sandy-Damaged Home

SEA BRIGHT, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) attended a workshop, hosted by Farmers Insurance and the St. Bernard Project, a national disaster recovery nonprofit organization, to discuss how public and private entities are working together in New Jersey to improve disaster recovery efforts, specifically with groups like Sea Bright Rising, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping residents rebuild in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Congressman Pallone also toured a Sandy-damaged home currently being repaired by Sea Bright Rising. He was joined by Deb Aldredge of Farmers Insurance, Zack Rosenburg of the St. Bernard Project, Chad Carson of Sea Bright Rising, and Sea Bright Mayor, Dina Long.

“It is great to see the work being done here in Sea Bright as organizations come together to make sure that resources are getting into the hands of those who need it most,” said Pallone. “This collaboration between private institutions and local, non-profit organizations is crucial as we continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but also as we look to effectively prepare for future storms. I’m grateful for all that Farmers Insurance, the St. Bernard Project and Sea Bright Rising continue to do to help our community recover from this historic storm.”

In May of this year, Farmers Insurance, in conjunction with the St. Bernard Project, launched the “Disaster Recovery Playbook,” a compilation of best practices that communities can utilize to ensure a faster and more complete recovery following a disaster. Sea Bright Rising has partnered with the St. Bernard Project to implement a residential rebuilding program in the community of Sea Bright, New Jersey in order to serve residents who own homes but lack the financial means necessary to rebuild on their own. In June, Farmers made a commitment to Sea Bright Rising to provide much needed funding and weekly volunteers through the end of 2014.

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