by Elizabeth Bailey
The Long Term Recovery Committee of the Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizatons Active in Disaster) is partnering with World Renew, an international Christian relief group, to have teams of volunteers conduct a door-to-door surveys of Bergen County residents who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, primarily in the flood area in Southern Bergen County. The surveys will be conducted in person from March 19 through March 28.
The World Renew volunteers, who are nicknamed the “Green Shirts” due to their uniforms, will be assessing residents who have filed a claim with FEMA. All interviews and evaluations will be conducted face-to-face to assure accuracy. The Green Shirts are specially trained to assess damage, assist with federal relief forms, and deal with psychological aftereffects from loss. The “Green Shirts” have been conducting assessments in response to disasters around the world for 20 years and plan on bringing survey teams to all of the heavily impacted communities. Bergen County is the first New Jersey Hurricane Sandy area that the teams will visit.
World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) staff and volunteers were on the scene in NY just days after Hurricane Sandy decimated parts of NYC. They will be a key part to restoring New Jersey.