Posted Friday, April 20th, 2012

The Morris County Disaster Recovery Committee will be conducting a door-to-door survey in Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha, Pompton Plains, Pequannock, Denville and Lincoln Park from April 23 to May 2 to determine unmet needs of those impacted by Hurricane Irene.

The survey will be conducted by teams from the international organization Christian Reformed World Relief Committee.

“We have invited the ‘green shirts’ to Morris County because we are still learning about families and individuals who have not recovered fully from the effects of Hurricane Irene and the flooding that followed,” said Rev. Paul Olsson, Co-Chair of the Morris County Disaster Recovery Committee, and Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Morris Plains. “Now that traditional disaster resources, such as FEMA, insurance and Small Business Administration loans have been exhausted, our community is still faced with the challenge of rebuilding and recovering.”

The teams from CRWRC are sometimes known as “green shirts” because of the green shirts they wear. The shirts feature the CRWRC logo, and CRWRC representatives will also carry identification cards.

Morris County area residents are encouraged to voluntarily participate in the survey. If residents are not home during the CRWRC outreach, there will be information left regarding walk–in centers where they can participate in the interview. “By having experienced volunteers document what is left to do, we will help the Disaster Recovery Committee begin the process of bringing in needed resources,” Olsson said.

The locations and hours of the walk in centers are:

●Lake Hiawatha Library
68 Nokomis Avenue, Lake Hiawatha
April 23 – 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
April 25 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
April 28 – noon – 5 p.m.

●Denville Public Library
 121 Diamond Spring Road, Denville
 April 24 – 5 – 9 p.m.
 April 27 – 11a.m. – 4 p.m.

●First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains
529 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains
April 28 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 30 – 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
May 1 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The CRWRC Office/meeting place is located at the Parsippany Presbyterian Church, 1675 Route 46 in Parsippany, and may be reached by contacting Pastor Don Bragg at 973-334-7958.

“We are very excited to have groups like Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Morris County Human Services, Morris County Office of Health Management, Morris County OEM, NJ 2-1-1 Partnership, United Way, Hope House, World Cares, New Bridge Services, Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the Morris County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce participating in a long-term recovery committee, along with over 20 houses of worship,” said MCDRC Co-Chair, Pastor Mark Rossman, of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Pompton Plains.

Participating in the survey is free and confidential. To request assistance, or more information, dial 2-1-1. If you have trouble dialing 2-1-1, the information and referral line can be reached at 877-652-1148. NJ 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; it’s free and confidential. TTY and multilingual services are available.

The Morris County Disaster Recovery Committee is a volunteer group comprised of many organizations including, faith-based, health and human services, government, trade and the business community. The committee formed last December in response to the long term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene and the severe flooding that followed.