NJ OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Allow residents of the barrier islands access to their homes.
  • Petitioned Michael Drewniak

This petition was delivered to:

Press Secretary to NJ Governor Chris Christie
Michael Drewniak
Inspector General of the NJ DOT
NJ Department of Transportation
Ocean county OEM

NJ OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Allow residents of the barrier islands access to their homes.

    1. emily streich
    2. Petition by

      emily streich

      Olympia, WA

I was born and raised in New Jersey, and my heart is breaking for families -- just like mine -- suffering the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Since the evacuation a week ago, I have been watching with a heavy heart and sick stomach as my family and myself struggle to cope the destruction and loss.

My family and their neighbors have lost so much, and they are going to lose even more if they are not allowed to return home to make sure their houses are safe and get the things they need.

We have been told it may be eight months until people can return to live due to infrastructure damage. But residents of the barrier islands have not even had a chance to be able to access their homes, check damages, get clothing and other important possessions, (most people took what they would need just for a few days only) and most importantly, be able to fully winterize homes to prepare for a lengthy evacuation period.

Houses that were able to make it through the storm standing may become un inhabitable if pipes freeze and burst, causing extensive flooding and mold.

With winter and freezing temperatures coming soon, families like mine are worried about what will happen next.

Please, myself, my family, and their neighbors have been through much. New Jersey families need a real plan that allows residents of the devastated Jersey Shore to get what they need from their homes and weatherize their homes before every home on the island that was not lost in the storm is lost through neglect and human error.

Please allow us access to our homes.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dorothy White MIAMI, FL
      • 11 months ago

      I have weathered many storms here in Miami Dade. I've never heard of such a boondoggle. Get it together.

    • william harden MIAMI, FL
      • 11 months ago

      This is the same stunt that the police tried to pull in the Florida Keys after hurricane Jorge.

      My letter to the Editor said.

      I was appalled at the way the Highway Patrol kept US1 closed to the people returning after Jorge. As they waited in their cars, no food and children crying, they worry about who is looting their homes. And why? the police said that it was to prevent looting. What? the real looters do not evacuate and after saying on some taller building love it when the real owners can't get back.

      Perhaps on a higher level, this reveals how fragile our freedoms really are, that any disturbance will cause the government to move in, abuse their power and be reluctant to leave.

    • Michael Salmestrelli SOUTH SEASIDE PARK, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      My home was spared severe damage as were most of the houses in the Berkeley section of Seaside. The people who live in these homes should be free to return to the homes which they continue to pay property taxes and utilities during their absence.

    • Christi Salmestrelli SOUTH SEASIDE PARK, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      My primary residence is undamaged as most in South Seaside Park & I want to go home!!

    • Stephen Armstrong FRAMINGHAM, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is the citizens risk if they choose to return to their homes, and if anything happens to them, the government should be held blameless, but they should be allowed to go to their homes


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