Early on the morning of October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coastline. In New Jersey alone, 2 million households lost power, 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, and 37 people lost their lives.
One year later, the people of New Jersey are still deep in the struggle to restore the shore. While there are some relief efforts underway, the majority of government money promised to the area has not yet made its way into the hands of the homeowners. The people of New Jersey have proven strong and resilient and many have decided to move forward in repairing their homes instead of waiting on the government to act. While there are some programs like the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) that will help reimburse homeowners for the rehabilitation of their homes, there is still much to be done for the people of New Jersey.
After Hurricane Sandy, FEMA flood maps were redrawn to include more areas that are in danger of being flooded. In order to receive flood insurance in the future, homeowners must comply with the floodplain management standards as determined by FEMA. All along the eastern coast, homes are needing to be elevated in order to meet these new standards and to ensure future storm damage never comes close to that of Hurricane Sandy.
EHM has been at the front line helping to return people to their homes. Before Hurricane Sandy, EHM was operating out of four locations (Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, and Texas). After witnessing the devastation that is the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, EHM opened a new base of operation in Manahawkin, NJ and has allocated some of our most highly trained elevation technicians to service the people of the Jersey Shore.
Joe Matyiko Jr. has spearheaded EHM’s mission to restore the shore. He is a 3rd generation house mover and comes to New Jersey with 27 years of experience. Joe learned the trade from his father and uncles in Virginia Beach. These men are the most experienced in the industry and have orchestrated many world record projects including the relocation of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse which received the prestigious OPAL Award for Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement. (EHM is the only company in the industry to be awarded this high honor.) After the catastrophic Midwest flood of 1993, Joe moved to Missouri to spearhead FEMA’s first ever federal relocation project.