Progress is slow. Very slow. Over 300 showed up Saturday at the Brigantine Community Center for the BrigStrong Hurricane Sandy relief workshop.
What did we learn? It could be a multi-year process with no guarantees. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Tom Milhous of BrigStrong expects full recovery to take five years and FEMA help may not last forever. “As soon as the next natural disaster comes along, resources will be diverted,” Milhous said. “The intent of BrigStrong is to connect the victims to the resources that can help them. We encourage people to act.”
So far, there have been 118 RREM grants issued here. (Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation) fund administered by the state Department of Community Affairs. So far in 2013, 1,544 building permits issued, up from 800 last year. 48 elevation permits have been issued in Brigantine this year.