The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) was recognized Monday, December 16, during a meeting of the Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group for the assistance it provided to residents recovering from Superstorm Sandy. ACUA partnered with the group earlier this year and provided storage space for vast quantities of essential supplies for residents of both Atlantic and Cape May Counties at its warehouse in Egg Harbor Township.
Atlantic County’s Long-Term Recovery Group is comprised of more than 30 federal, state and local agencies whose focus is helping residents manage and deal with the effects of Superstorm Sandy. In Atlantic County alone, more than 20,000 applications were made to FEMA for relief following the storm.
The supplies that ACUA stored on behalf of the group were donated by businesses and individuals, and included personal care items, paper products, utensils, furniture, tools, clothing, cleaning supplies, rebuilding materials and pet products. The warehouse and supplies were 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 was a vital component of the long-term recovery effort.
“United Way is a facilitator of the long-term recovery effort, and we count on local partners, such as ACUA,” said John Emge, Executive Director of United Way of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. “ACUA came through at a critical time and provided support that the community and its residents needed following the storm,” Emge added.
“ACUA was honored to be a part of such a monumental undertaking,” said ACUA Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Maria Mento. “So many families in the area were impacted by this storm; ACUA was pleased it could help and appreciates this recognition,” Mento added.
The plaque, presented during Monday’s meeting of the Long Term Recovery Group, was signed by Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson and proclaimed December 16, 2013 “ACUA Day in Atlantic County.”