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Brigantine residents meet with city, FEMA officials

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FEMA officials held a public meeting in Brigantine Monday night to relay information about post-Sandy recovery and prepare for the possible nor'easter on the way.

The auditorium of the Brigantine North School was standing room only as residents listened to and voiced their questions to city officials.

FEMA officials were also on-hand to tell residents how they can apply for and receive disaster assistance.

For those hit hard by Sandy, the night proved to be informative.

"There is a lot more assistance than I though for people like me that are in my position and for everyone in the community," said resident Kristen Burke.

Mayor Philip J. Guenther applauded the resilience of city residents, while representatives from police and fire departments spoke of dangers and problems that are still in the process of being corrected post-Sandy.

For some in attendance, the night provided answers they did not wish to hear.

"There is no funding for businesses in the island, only for homes. We don't have flood insurance cause you can't purchase it and I asked them for their help and they had no help what so ever for us" said local business owner Dimitrios Dounoulis.

FEMA officials at the meeting stressed the importance of contacting FEMA and making sure you are properly registered for assistance.

Overall residents like Joe Campitelli were thankful for the information and optimistic about the rebuilding effort.

"There's over 500 people here that have a lot of questions, its going to take some time but this community came together to make things right," said Campitelli.

Despite that optimism, Mayor Guenther and city officials are warning of the threat for another storm, although it is not predicted to be as powerful as Sandy, it's impact could be magnified in Sandy's wake.

"We're in a bit of a compromised position right now with loss of dunes and some other areas that protect us from these storms," said Mayor Guenther.

Any residents seeking disaster relief is encouraged to contact FEMA.

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