BELMAR, NJ — Jessica Jones was a teenager when Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, particularly her hometown of Belmar.

Fast-forward to today, and now the 25-year-old is reaching out to help those who may need assistance during the coronavirus outbreak. She’s creating a community help team and is looking for others to join her in the outreach effort.

 “After Superstorm Sandy, I realized the importance of building resilience within a community and having systems in place should another devastation occur, she said. “As a way to combat the threat of COVID-19, I’ve created a form for residents of Belmar to fill out — it’s basically a community help team. Those who are interested will be listed as contacts to call for any member of our community who needs assistance throughout this crisis period.”

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For example, team members could help with needed food or supplies, medication delivery, pet care, and checking in by phone or in person to ensure a neighbor's safety and well-being. Jones also hopes to designate an emergency contact for each street in the borough.

So far, some 25 families have signed up to help. Anyone who would like to join her effort, click here to be linked to the registration form.

Jones would like to have all forms returned by today so that she can begin distributing a list of contact information of families who have offered to be part of the emergency assistance effort.

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