Jersey City closing hurricane shelter
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In the early days of Hurricane Sandy, the gym at Dickinson High School(pictured) was used as a shelter for people who could not remain in their homes due to flooding or power outages.
In the early days of Hurricane Sandy, the gym at Dickinson High School(pictured) was used as a shelter for people who could not remain in their homes due to flooding or power outages.
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JERSEY CITY - The National Guard Amory, which served as Jersey City's primary shelter for residents who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy, was expected to close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

In the days before the hurricane hit, and in the days immediately afterwards, several schools throughout Jersey City were used as shelters.

Later, people who went to these shelters were relocated to the armory, where the American Red Cross, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies set up booths to assist displaced residents.

Many of the residents who took shelter did so because they had lost power in their homes and were left without heat and food for several days. With power now restored to most PSE&G customers in Jersey City, many of these residents have returned to their homes.

A handful of residents remain at the armory, however.

FEMA is now working to place the remaining hurricane evacuees in transitional housing. - E. Assata Wright

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