FEMA SELECTS OVER $37 MILLION IN NJ FMA & PDM APPLICATIONS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE

West Trenton, NJ – And the envelope please… The winner is New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s (NJOEM) Hazard Mitigation Unit with almost $38 million in FEMA mitigation grant projects selected in a competitive application process. That amount is more than any other state received and beats all previous New Jersey application amounts for these grants.

This year the process had a much shorter application timeline of three months for FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs, which ended on August 28th, 2015.

This tight deadline meant the Hazard Mitigation Unit needed to reach out to its potential applicants immediately in order to capitalize on these programs. The unit created a team to collaborate with applicants to bring much needed mitigation measures to the State of New Jersey.

“New Jersey benefits greatly from these programs,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the NJOEM. “Our strong partnerships within the Emergency Management Community allow us to obtain and utilize these grants to strengthen our resiliency to natural disasters. This enhances our ability to minimize the effects of disaster on people, property, and infrastructure.”

According to Lt. Colonel Jeff Mottley, Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security that oversees the Emergency Management Section, “Our staff brings a wealth of experience to the table, and we had excellent participation from our motivated public and private partners who completed these technically demanding applications.”

The strategy was simple: incorporate the knowledge gained from hazard mitigation planning into the FMA applications and align them as closely as possible with the stated grant criteria. The need is clear in New Jersey and unit members wanted to make sure to claim the largest share of funding possible.

NJOEM’s strategy paid off. Fiscal Year 2015 selections for the PDM and FMA programs were based on agency priorities identified on the Funding Opportunity Announcement.  In the Pre-Disaster Mitigation category, New Jersey has been selected for three of its submissions totaling $450k. For Flood Mitigation Assistance, FEMA selected seven New Jersey submissions totaling $37.4 million, which is nearly 25% of the national FMA total and more than any other state. It is also the largest selection in New Jersey State history.

Applicants can review the status of each FY15 application online at www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-program-fy-2015-subapplication-status for PDM and www.fema.gov/flood-mitigation-assistance-fy-2015-subapplication-status for FMA. FEMA will not send initial notification letters to each applicant regarding their application status.

FEMA and NJOEM will work with applicants to conduct programmatic reviews of the selected applications identified for further review before making a final decision. Grant applicants should contact their county representative or they can contact NJOEM by email NJMitigation@gw.njsp.org or phone 609-882-2000 ext. 6208.  Further information is available at www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPRAREDNESS MONTH

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2015

West Trenton, NJ – September’s National Preparedness Month is in full swing at the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM). They are reminding New Jersey residents “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

New Jersey State Police Superintendent and State Director of Emergency Management Colonel Rick Fuentes stressed the significance of linking to reliable information sources and connecting with community members to aid in the overall disaster preparedness effort. “Our State has experienced numerous incidents including Sandy, numerous winter storms, hazardous materials incidents, and other events. What we have learned is that awareness and preparedness saves lives. Tune in, log-on, opt-in, ‘like’ or ‘follow’ state, county, local and federal agencies for credible disaster-related information such as alerts and warnings, situational awareness updates, and where to find help. Personal connections matter, too. After you’ve completed your household preparedness activities, lend a hand to someone who may need assistance, or join the 24,000 New Jerseyans who have completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.”

A list of New Jersey’s County Offices of Emergency Management, with social media and local alert systems links, can be found on the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Website: www.ready.nj.gov.

NJOEM also recommends specific emergency preparedness actions:

Make an emergency kit: Emergency kits will allow individuals and families to survive several days without access to food, water or electricity. Emergency kits should include at least a three to five day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescription medications for up to two weeks if available, baby supplies and any additional items for special medical needs such as an extra pair of eye glasses and batteries for hearing aids. Your kit should also include important phone numbers for doctors as well as car cell-phone chargers. For information on how to put a family emergency kit together, visit www.ready.nj.gov

Make an emergency plan. Make plans with family and friends in case you’re not together when any type of emergency – natural, technological or man-made – occurs. Discuss how you will contact each other, where you will meet and what you will do in different situations. Become familiar with your town’s evacuation routes. For information on how to put a family emergency plan together, visit www.ready.nj.gov.

When your family plan and kit are complete, consider taking it to next level by attending Community Emergency Response Team training. Information about CERT training can be found on the NJOEM website: http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/citizen/cert.html

Stay informed: NJOEM recommends the following ways to stay informed about emergencies:

On the Web – Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. The NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding forecasts and other important disaster news.

Social Media – Social media and other advanced communications technologies are used by NJOEM and by emergency managers statewide.

Alerts – Mobile / Text (SMS) & E-Mail

  • NIXLE – Subscribe to the NJ State Police (NJSP) on Nixle Connect at http://local.nixle.com/new-jersey-state-police/. New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at nixle.com
  • NJ Alert – NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: njalert.gov.
  • CMAS -the Community Mobile Alert System – this nationwide system is now being used the National Weather Service to transmit urgent weather info to your cell phone. A warning means the hazard is imminent; a watch means conditions are favorable for the hazard to occur. Your cell phone must be WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) enabled to receive these messages.
  • NOAA Weather Radio – is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, readily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

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NJOEM Announces Deadline Extension for Requests for Public Assistance Resulting from June 23rd Storm

West Trenton – The NJOEM Recovery Bureau in coordination with FEMA has extended the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) submission deadline for the Straight Line Winds Storm Event on June 23, 2015 (DR-4231) until  Friday, September 4th 2015.

If you believe you have more than $3,040.00 in storm-related damages, debris removed, hours worked, or vehicles/equipment used, etc., please click on the following link Fillable Request for Public Assistance (RPA) Form to obtain the correct form. Once completed, be sure to have it signed and returned via email to: lpppau@gw.njsp.org by the Close of Business Friday, September 4, 2015.

If you have any question or require more details, please contact the NJOEM Recovery Bureau at lpppau@gw.njsp.org.

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Governor Chris Christie Announces Federal Disaster Aid Approved for Four New Jersey Counties for Storm Damage Incurred from June 23rd Macroburst

Governor Chris Christie Announces Federal Disaster Aid Approved for Four New Jersey Counties for Storm Damage Incurred from June 23rd Macroburst

Federal Government Approves Public Assistance for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Contact: Brian Murray

Nicole Sizemore

609-777-2600

Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today announced that President Obama has granted the State’s request for a federal disaster declaration for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties as the result of severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds on June 23, 2015. High winds and heavy rain downed trees, power-poles and electric wires and caused 330,100 customers to lose power. The macroburst, as the storm has been classified by the National Weather Service, damaged buildings, roadways, and infrastructure, and left a trail of debris. The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to initiate its Public Assistance grant program to assist the impacted areas.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of eligible public facilities damaged by the disaster.

On July 13, 2015, Governor Christie formally requested a Major Disaster Declaration under the federal Stafford Act for the four southern New Jersey counties that sustained in excess of $15 million in damages as the result of severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds on June 23, 2015.

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will continue to coordinate the recovery effort with local, county and federal partners in these affected counties.

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FEMA and State Schedule Briefings on Disaster Assistance

FEMA and State Schedule Briefings On Disaster Assistance

West Trenton, NJ – New Jersey County and Municipal Emergency Management officials are invited to briefings which will explain the process of applying for Federal disaster assistance for debris removal, snow removal, emergency protective measures, and hazard mitigation in the wake of the severe winter storm and snowstorm which impacted Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties during the period of January 22-24, 2016. Though the meetings are not open to the public, citizens will benefit from the assistance received by their individual counties to offset the financial impact of the storm.

Federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today that the briefings will take place as follows:

  Date Time Location
Atlantic Thursday, 3/24 10am Canale Training Center – 5033 English Creek Ave, Egg Harbor Twp 08234
Bergen Wednesday, 3/23 7pm Bergen County Police & Fire Academy – 281 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah 07430
Burlington Wednesday, 3/23 3pm & 7pm Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center – 53 Academy Dr, Westampton 08060
Camden Tuesday, 3/22 2pm & 7pm Belmawr Fire Hall – 29 Lewis Ave, Bellmawr 08031
Cape May Thursday, 3/24 2pm Cape May County OEM – 30 W Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House 08210
Cumberland Wednesday, 3/23 10am Cumberland County OEM – 637 Bridgeton Ave, Bridgeton
Essex Tuesday, 3/22 11am Essex County Hospital Center – 204 Grove Ave, Cedar Grove
Hudson Thursday, 3/24 1pm Hudson County OEM – 110 South Hackensack Ave, Kearny
Hunterdon Thursday, 3/24 1pm & 7pm Hunterdon County Route 12 Complex – 314 State Route 12, Flemington 08822
Mercer/State Agencies Tuesday, 3/29 10am Dempster Fire Academy Auditorium – 350 Lawrence Station Rd, Lawrenceville 08648
Middlesex Tuesday, 3/22 1pm Middlesex Fire Academy – 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville 08872
Monmouth Thursday, 3/31 1pm Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Center – 2500 Kozloski Rd, Freehold 07728
Morris Tuesday, 3/22 2pm Morris County OEM – 500 West Hanover Ave, Parsippany 07054
Ocean Monday, 3/21 10am County OEM Offices (R.J. Miller Airpark) – 101 Airport Rd, Bayville 08721
Somerset Monday, 3/21 10am Somerset County Emergency Services Training Center – 402 Roycefield Rd, Hillsborough 08844
Union Wednesday, 3/23 10am Hamilton Stage – 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway 07065
Warren Wednesday, 3/23 1pm Warren County Technical School Auditorium – 1500 Route 57 Washington 07882

“Every disaster New Jersey experiences is an opportunity to learn as well as enhance our policies and procedures,” said Major Robert Little, Commanding Officer of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. “We have an obligation to ensure that Federal, state, and local dollars are used responsibly. These briefings are conducted to educate county and local officials on the eligibility requirements, application development and reimbursement process to make them successful in providing assistance to their local communities.”

President Barack Obama has designated seventeen (17) New Jersey counties eligible for disaster assistance: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties Of those counties, fourteen (14) are eligible for snow assistance for a continuous 48 hour period during or proximate to the incident period on a cost-sharing basis: Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties.

This Public Assistance grant declaration means that affected county and municipal governments are eligible to apply for Federal assistance to fund 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repairing, restoring or replacing damaged public facilities.

All counties in the State of New Jersey are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

For more information visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4264.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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FEMA ANNOUNCES 2016 FMA AND PDM GRANTS

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It’s that time of year again!!! Please help us spread the word, and share the following announcement regarding the 2016 FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants, with your local municipal coordinators and other interested parties.

The Fiscal Year 2016 application period will be open starting March 15, 2016 and applicants must apply for either grant via the Mitigation eGrants system located on the FEMA portal: FEMA Portal 

All complete applications are due to NJOEM (through e-grants) by COB May 13, 2016. NJOEM Mitigation Unit staff must review, revise and coordinate with other State agencies before submitting final complete application packages through the Attorney General’s office prior to the June 15, 2016 FEMA deadline. We encourage all applicants to submit applications through e-grants as early as possible due to the short timeframe and turnaround of applications.

Funding:

FMA: In FY 2016 the total amount of funds distributed under the FY 2016 FMA Grant Program will be $199 million.

PDM:   In FY 2016 the total amount of funds distributed under the FY 2016 PDM Grant Program will be $90 million.

Eligibility:

These grants are competitive nationwide and are open to all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Federally-recognized Native American Tribal governments, American Samoa, Guam, Norther Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Local Governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their applicant state/territory.

Funding Guidelines/Application Submission and Review Process/Evaluation Criteria:

Please pay close attention to the important information set forth in FMA & PDM funding opportunities via the links below for the PDM/FMA 2016 open period.

Related Links:

FMA 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity – http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DDHS|Department%20of%20Homeland%20Security

PDM 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity – http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DDHS|Department%20of%20Homeland%20Security

*Applications are due to NJOEM through e-grants by COB May 13, 2016 (e-grants)

Thank you for your interest in hazard mitigation in New Jersey. We are here to help! If you have any questions, please contact the Mitigation Unit at (609) 963-6900 X 6208 or NJMitigation@gw.njsp.org

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Governor Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Arrival Of Winter Storm

Trenton, NJ – With Winter Storm Jonas expected to arrive in New Jersey tonight, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.

“This weekend’s storm is expected to produce heavy snow and a variety of dangerous travel conditions throughout the state,” said Governor Chris Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions, and we will monitor conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

Starting Friday evening, New Jersey is expected to experience a severe winter storm with heavy snow, mixed precipitation, 25-45 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph, and freezing temperatures throughout the State. A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees and power outages, and coastal, stream, and river flooding are anticipated.

Road conditions will be available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website at http://www.511nj.org/.

A copy of the Executive Order declaring the State of Emergency [pdf 17kB]

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Winter Storm Preparedness

It looks like the time has come to trade in our beach blankets and beach towels for winter blankets and winter coats! Not to mention stock up on the break, milk, and eggs! Winter weather looks like it’s coming our way as we keep an eye on the forecast. In the meantime, here is what you and your family can do to prepare for a winter storm:
• Before a storm approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
o Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.
o Sand to improve traction.
o Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
o Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove if you have one.
o Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
• Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency. To find out how to make a plan visit www.ready.nj.gov.
• A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services including https://local.nixle.com/register/
• Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
• Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

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