FEMA Announces 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grants

It’s that time of year again!

***Applications for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) are due to NJOEM through the eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov by COB Monday, October 2, 2017.***

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing that $250 million in funding is available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These competitive grant programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in strengthening our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

Beginning July 10, 2017, potential applicants can review the specifics of the FY17 FMA and PDM programs in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which includes details such as eligibility, funding guidelines and evaluation criteria. The NOFO for FMA and PDM is available online at http://www.grants.gov and additional information is available at FEMA.gov.

Further information on these grant programs is available at http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance and ready.nj.gov/mitigation

We would like to remind you that complete applications for 2017 FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants are due to NJOEM (through eGrants) by COB October 2, 2017. 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 November 14, 2017 FEMA deadline. We encourage all applicants to submit applications through eGrants as early as possible due to the short time frame and turnaround of applications.

We’re here to help! If you have any questions, please contact the NJOEM Mitigation Unit at (609) 963-6900 X 6208 or NJMitigation@gw.njsp.org.

Check out FEMA’s Webinar for more information!

Wednesday, July 19 at 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
Thursday, July 20 at 12 pm Eastern Time (11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific)

For the online portion, please join via the Internet: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo/ and for audio, please call 1-800-320-4330 and enter conference code 502515


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Governor Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Storm Stella

Trenton, NJ – In preparation for Winter Storm Stella 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 severe winter storm is expected to produce tonight through Tuesday afternoon significant snow accumulations, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, widespread coastal flooding and hazardous whiteout travel conditions,” Governor Christie said. “During these threatening conditions, I urge all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads so our first responders and public safety officers can safely and efficiently handle emergency situations.”

New Jersey roads are expected to be impassable due to significant amounts of heavy, blowing, and drifting snow, low visibility and whiteout conditions, with the highest impact expected from late Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. Forecasted snow accumulations from five to more than 20 inches are expected in some areas of the state.

Due to the severe winter storm, the State of New Jersey has authorized the closing of state offices on Tuesday, March 14 for all non-essential employees. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.

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

Link: http://nj.gov/governor/news/news/552017/approved/20170313e.html

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New Jersey Announces Thursday Closure of State Offices Due To Winter Storm

Due to the impending severe winter storm, the State of New Jersey has authorized the closing of state offices on Thursday, February 9,‎ 2017 for all non-essential employees. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.

The winter storm is expected to continue throughout the day, bringing heavy snow, gusty winds and reduced visibility throughout the State. Current road conditions are available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website at http://www.511NJ.org.

Link: http://nj.gov/governor/…/news/552017/approved/20170208d.html

Always know the latest weather information! For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey visit http://www.weather.gov/phi/. For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area visit http://www.weather.gov/okx/.

Learn how to stay safe before, during, and after winter storms/extreme cold by visiting: http://www.ready.gov/winter and http://www.ready.nj.gov today!

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New Jersey Search and Rescue Team Being Deployed to Florida

October 6, 2016

Today, Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced the deployment of 80 members of New Jersey Task Force 1 to assist with search and rescue operations as Hurricane Matthew moves closer into Florida.

The highly trained team comprised of police, fire, and emergency medical personnel arrived at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst earlier today. The task force members are skilled in a variety of search and rescue activities including swift water rescue, which will allow them to conduct rescue operations in a flood environment. All costs associated with the deployment will be fully reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Although, the team being deployed to Florida represents a significant portion of the overall task force,” said Colonel Fuentes.” A larger portion of the group and equipment will remain in New Jersey ready to respond to any potential emergency at home.”

New Jersey Task Force 1 is managed by the New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and has members from all 21 New Jersey counties. In June of this year, FEMA designated the task force as 1 of only 28 nationally recognized urban search and rescue teams in the country. This designation means that New Jersey Task Force 1 has the capabilities to respond to a disaster anywhere within the United States.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in #Florida.



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RFP for NJOEM Emergency Operations Center Planning and Training, & State Emergency Operations Center


This Bid Solicitation {Request for Proposal (RFP)} is issued by the Procurement Bureau, Division of Purchase and Property (Division), Department of the Treasury on behalf of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police, and the Office of Emergency Management. The purpose of this Bid Solicitation {RFP} is to solicit Quotes {Proposals} for professional planning and training services for the NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM).

The intent of this Bid Solicitation {RFP} is to award Master Blanket Purchase Orders (Blanket POs) {Contracts} to those responsible Vendors {Bidders} whose Quotes {Proposals}, conforming to this Bid Solicitation {RFP} are most advantageous to the State, price and other factors considered. The State, however, reserves the right to separately procure individual requirements that are the subject of the Blanket PO {Contract} during the Blanket PO {Contract} term, when deemed by the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property (Director) to be in the State’s best interest.

This Bid Solicitation {RFP} contains five (5) labor titles sections and a task with two (2) labor titles on which Vendors {Bidders} may submit Quotes {Proposals}. Vendors {Bidders} may submit Quotes {Proposals} on one (1) labor title, any combination of multiple labor titles, the task with associated labor titles, or all labor titles of each the sections listed below. All responsive Quotes {Proposals} will be evaluated within the context of the specific labor title and or task.

1. Section 3.2: Senior Project Manager;
2. Section 3.3: Emergency Management Planning;
a. Emergency Management Planning Specialist;
b. Emergency Management Technical Planner;
3. Section 3.4: Emergency Management Training;
a. Emergency Management Training Specialist;
b. Emergency Management Training Consultant;
4. Section 3.5: Update to the State Hazard Mitigation Plan;
5. Section 3.6: Hazard Mitigation Planning;
a. Hazard Mitigation Planning Specialist; and
b. Hazard Mitigation Technical Planner.

The intent for each labor title section (#1 (Section 3.2), #2 (Section 3.3), #3 (Section 3.4), and #5 (Section 3.6) above) is to access the best available personnel to achieve the stated objectives at the lowest possible price to the State. The State intends to award a minimum of two (2) awards for each labor title described in Sections 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, and 3.6.

The State intends to award a single Blanket PO {Contract} specific to the update of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan as described in Section 3.5. Depending on available funding and individual project needs, the potential exists for multiple orders to be issued, and at varying times over the term of this Blanket PO {Contract}.

Any Quote {Proposal} submitted by a Vendor {Contractor} in reference to section 3.5 Hazard Mitigation Plan, must be submitted for all price lines (#00023-00026) or the Quote {Proposal} for Hazard Mitigation Plan shall be deemed non-responsive.

The State of NJ Standard Terms and Conditions (SSTC) accompanying this Bid Solicitation {RFP} will apply to all Blanket POs {Contracts} made with the State of New Jersey. These terms are in addition to the terms and conditions set forth in this Bid Solicitation {RFP} and should be read in conjunction with them unless the Bid Solicitation {RFP} specifically indicates otherwise.

For full details and information please visit https://www.njstart.gov/bso/external/publicBids.sdo
T2770 – 17DPP00037

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Governor Chris Christie Declares A State of Emergency For Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May Counties In Preparation For Tropical Storm Hermine

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today declared a state of emergency for Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County as a result of severe weather conditions expected later today and throughout the Labor Day weekend. The National Weather Service is forecasting Tropical Storm Hermine will impact the entire New Jersey shoreline, and Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May Counties in particular, beginning on September 3, 2016, bringing tropical storm force winds, very heavy and sustained rain, as well as moderate to major coastal flooding with heavy surf and beach erosion. These severe weather conditions may cause power outages and impede transportation and the flow of traffic in New Jersey, thereby make it difficult or impossible for residents to obtain the necessities of life, as well as essential services such as police, fire, and first aid.

“The impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County,” said Governor Christie. “This situation may become too large in scope to be handled by the normal county and municipal operating services in Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County, and this situation may spread to other parts of the State. So as a result, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey, I’ve signed an Executive Order declaring a State Of Emergency in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County effective immediately, giving emergency management personnel the tools they need to ensure a speedy and orderly response.”

The declaration activates elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadening powers of the New Jersey State Police, including traffic control, and enabling the National Guard to assist with rescue or cleanup operations if necessary.

As provided by the declaration, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will be authorized to mobilize and deploy resources beginning immediately to respond to the storm conditions, including resources of the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Transportation, in coordination with county and municipal emergency management officials in impacted areas throughout the state.

In addition, the following preemptive steps to mobilize government in preparation for the storm are being taken:

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management:
o   The New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center (NJ ROIC) has elevated to a Level II operational status as of 6:00 a.m. this morning to monitor and respond to Tropical Storm Hermine as needed.  The NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJ OEM), will be staffing the NJ State Emergency Operations Center (NJ SEOC) in support of this storm.
o   Potential county shelter locations are listed below, but are not open at this time. Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow updates from their local governments on the potential need for evacuation and contact their local police department or emergency management office to determine if and when shelter locations may open in their towns.
Cape May County
·        Woodbine Developmental Center 1175 Dehirsch Avenue. Woodbine NJ
·        Upper Township Middle School 525 Perry Rd, Woodbine, NJ 08270
Atlantic County
·        Atlantic City Convention Center 1 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Ocean County
·        Southern Regional High School, 90 Cedar Bridge Rd. in Stafford Twp.
·        Pinelands Regional High School, 590 Nugentown Rd. in Little Egg Harbor Twp.
o   Currently, NJOEM is monitoring the weather situation with the main focus on preparedness.

  • New Jersey Department of Transportation:
    o   DOT is prepared and ready to do what is necessary to keep New Jersey roads open and safe.
    o   DOT crews have checked and cleared inlets over the past few days.
    o   Tree cutting equipment, generators and light towers are ready for use if it becomes necessary.
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:
    o   Island Beach State Park will close at 8 pm Saturday September 3, 2016.  The park will remain closed Sunday and Monday September 4 and 5, due to expected deteriorating weather conditions, high winds, rough surf and forecasted flooding conditions.
    o   Allaire State Park will close the campground at 4pm, Sunday, September 4, 2016  thru 12pm Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
  • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities:
    o   BPU has been in active discussion with power companies and public utility leadership to ensure that their companies are preparing for the storm and to make sure BPU is kept abreast of critical issues.
    o   NJ TRANSIT’s top priority is passenger safety of the traveling public. Anyone planning to travel during the storm is urged to allow extra time and be extremely careful traveling in and around stations, on platforms and on-board trains, buses, light rail vehicles and Access Link vehicles.
    o   NJ TRANSIT bus and light rail operations are unaffected at this time but service may be suspended depending on road conditions in certain locations.
    o   All operating and administrative divisions have additional staff on call and ready to respond to the command center and any field locations as necessary.


Link: Press Release – Hermine

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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.




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