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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Relief When New Jersey Couple Returns Home   [open pdf - 35KB]

"Fred Harvey and his wife, Cecilia, were on vacation when Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy struck New Jersey causing severe damage along the coast. While viewing a news story of the storm, they realized they were viewing the damage to their neighborhood in Holgate, New Jersey. Although not seeing their own home, they realized that most, if not all, of the residences in their neighborhood were damaged to some extent. [...] The Harveys elevated their home in 1999-2000 shortly after purchasing it. They were moving from Manalapan in central New Jersey and making this their permanent home. They were not aware of any previous storm damage to the residence but Harvey stated, 'We had the home elevated just to feel safer.'"

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