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As crews work around the city, county and state to clean-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Office of Emergency Management Officials want to remind residents who may have been affected by flooding to keep detailed records, receipts and to photograph the damage.

“What is happening right now is that preliminary damage assessments will begin throughout the state, on a county-by-county basis,” said Jersey City OEM Coordinator Greg Kierce. “If the damage meets the criteria for FEMA reim- bursement, which by all accounts it should, then Jersey City will stand to receive some funding to cover the costs.”

This funding could also be made available for affected homeowners.What should you do? Keep a detailed record of damages to your property as a result of flooding or high winds, keep track of what costs were incurred as related to the storm with accompanying receipts, keep notes to document any power outages that might have affected sub-pump functionality, and take photographs of the damages.As OEM receives instructions on the application process, we will continue to inform residents.