United Way, Atlantic County Utilities Authority partner to bring Superstorm Sandy long-term recovery supplies to Atlantic and Cape May Counties

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) have joined together to bring Superstorm Sandy recovery supplies to residents of both Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The partnership involves the United Way storing vast quantities of essential supplies for the long-term recovery effort at a warehouse owned by ACUA in Egg Harbor Township.

The effort is being led by Atlantic County’s Long-Term Recovery Group. The group is comprised of more than 30 federal, state and local organizations all coming together for one purpose: helping residents manage and deal with the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The crux of the effort is to convene the resources that residents need to rebuild their lives. In Atlantic County alone, more than 20,000 applications were made to FEMA for relief.

The supplies are donated by businesses and individuals, and include personal care items, paper products, utensils, furniture, tools, clothing, cleaning supplies, rebuilding materials and pet products. The warehouse and supplies are being accessed by the groups involved in the effort and distributed to residents through these agencies. Having a centralized location large enough to store the supplies is vital to the long-term recovery effort.

“Disasters of this magnitude require an integrated effort and cooperation among non-profit, government and the private sector,” said John Emge, executive director of United Way of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. “United Way is a facilitator of this effort and we use community partners, such as ACUA and other local businesses, to provide the support the community and its residents need.

“The reality is that many families within Atlantic County are still dealing with the after-effects of Superstorm Sandy,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “The United Way of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has done a tremendous job of leading the long-term recovery effort and bringing together the community partners to get residents back on their feet as quickly as possible. ACUA is pleased to be a part of such an important initiative.”

Anyone needing assistance is asked to dial 211, the non-emergency helpline, which will put you in touch with the appropriate agency that can best address your needs.

About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May  and Cumberland counties , is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health.

About the Atlantic County Utilities Authority
ACUA provides wastewater and solid waste management for residents of Atlantic County, New Jersey. ACUA’s solid waste facilities are located within its Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, and include a landfill, single stream processing facility, transfer station, compost facility and CNG fueling station. The facility is also host to a 5.4 MW landfill gas to energy project, which provides 100 percent of the electricity needed to power its solid waste facilities. ACUA operates a 40 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Atlantic City, NJ, which is home to both a 500 kW solar array and 7.5 MW wind farm. Renewable energy generated onsite provides 60 percent of the electricity needed to power the wastewater treatment facility.

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