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 Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset Counties during the period of March 06-07, 2018. 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 briefings will take place as follows:

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President Donald J. Trump has designated five (5) New Jersey counties eligible for disaster assistance: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset counties. Of those counties, two (2) are eligible for snow assistance for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period on a cost-sharing basis: Bergen and Morris.“Every disaster New Jersey experiences is a learning opportunity. It also gives us the ability to enhance our policies and procedures,” said Major Louis Bucchere, 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.”

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/4368.

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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)
OR
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

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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.

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

ATTENTION

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
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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.
  • NJ TRANSIT:
    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.

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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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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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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.

Always stay informed. For the most up to date information please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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FEMA and State Schedule Briefings On Disaster Assistance

NJ Office of Emergency ManagementNJOEM logo

Colonel Rick Fuentes

                         Major Jeffrey  Mottley

Superintendent, New Jersey State Police

State Director of Emergency Management

Commanding Officer, Emergency Management

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FEMA External AffairsPhyllis Deroian (732) 216-5810NJOEM PIO

Laura Connolly (609) 462-6925

July 29, 2015

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, emergency protective measures, and hazard mitigation in the wake of the severe storm which impacted Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties on June 23, 2015 . 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 four separate briefings will take place as follows:Monday August 3rd     10:00 AM    State Agencies                                                           

NJSP Division Headquarters

Regional Operations Intelligence Center

West Trenton, NJ

Monday August 3rd      1:30 PM      Burlington County

Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center

53 Academy Drive

Westampton, NJ

Tuesday August 4th      10:00 AM   Gloucester/Atlantic

Gloucester County Admin Bldg

1200 North Delsea Drive

Clayton, NJ

Tuesday August 4th       1:30 PM    Camden County

Bellmawr Fire Department

29 Lewis Ave

Bellmawr, NJ

“Through our experience with Superstorm Sandy we have used our lessons learned to enhance policies and procedures,” said Captain TJ Collins, State Coordinating Officer from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. “These briefings are intended to educate county and local officials on the eligibility requirements, application development and reimbursement process. We also have a responsibility to ensure that federal, state, and local dollars are used appropriately.”

President Barack Obama has designated 4 New Jersey counties eligible for disaster assistance: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester.

With the Public Assistance grant declaration, 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.

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Press Release – Applicant Briefings DR 4231. FINAL

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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 ANNOUNCES 2015 FMA AND PDM GRANTS

FEMA ANNOUNCES 2015 FMA AND PDM GRANTS

Submissions due to NJOEM no later than August 3, 2015

Grants

FEMA has announced the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunities for two of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation. HMA grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

All 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Federally-recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply. Local governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their Applicant state/territory.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance for detailed information regarding eligibility and to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information. Grant applications must be submitted to FEMA through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible on the Internet no later than 3:00 PM EDT on August 28, 2015. https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home
Flood Mitigation Assistance – $150 Million

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

For the FY 2015 FMA program, FEMA will select sub-applications for funding in the agency’s priority order:

Flood mitigation planning activities up to $100,000 federal share per applicant with a maximum of $50,000 federal share for state mitigation plans and $25,000 federal share for local mitigation plans
Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet definition part (b)(ii) of a Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) property: At least 2 separate NFIP claim payments have been made with the cumulative amount of such claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure
Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet the definition of a Repetitive Loss (RL) property: Have incurred flood-related damage on 2 occasions, in which the cost of the repair, on the average, equaled or exceeded 25 percent of the market value of the structure at the time of each such flood event
Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures meet definition part (b)(i) of a SRL property: 4 or more separate NFIP claims payments have been made with the amount of each claim exceeding $5,000, and with the cumulative amount of claims payments exceeding $20,000

Projects that will reduce the risk profile in communities through mitigation of the largest number of contiguous NFIP-insured properties

Pre-Disaster Mitigation – $30 Million

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disaster declarations.

For the FY 2015 PDM program:

Applicants may submit a maximum of 11 sub-applications in a PDM grant application: 10 for mitigation planning and project activities, plus 1 management cost sub-application. Of the 10 sub-applications for mitigation activities, Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 projects.
Each Applicant’s number one ranked sub-application must not exceed $250,000 Federal share in order to be eligible for the state and tribal set asides.
FEMA will use the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Scale to prioritize activities for competitive selection once the set asides have been met.

FEMA will select eligible applications for funding in the agency’s priority order:

Statutory set aside of $250,000 per State/Territory/District of Columbia
Up to $5 Million Tribal set aside for $250,000 per Federally-recognized tribe
Mitigation planning activities from Applicants without Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds available
Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
Flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
Mitigation planning activities from Applicants with HMGP funds available
Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available
Flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available

HMA Home Page: http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance

FEMA Regional Offices: https://www.fema.gov/organizational-structure

FEMA State Hazard Mitigation Officers: http://www.fema.gov/state-hazard-mitigation-officers

HMA Helpline: 1-866-222-3580 or email: HMAGrantsHelpline@fema.dhs.gov

FEMA Grants Portal https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home

MT eGrants Helpdesk: 1-855-228-3362 or email: MTeGrants@fema.dhs.gov

Visit us on Facebook.com/ReadyNewJersey, follow us on Twitter @ReadyNJ, follow us on Instagram @ReadyNJ, and visit our mitigation website: http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/programs/opb_mitigation.html

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CITIZEN CORPS /CERT Overview & Update Workshop at the 2015 NJEPA Conference

CERT

ATTENTION OEM/CERT COORDINATORS!!!
Joe Geleta & Howie Butt will be hosting a CITIZEN CORPS /CERT Overview & Update Workshop at the 2015 NJEPA Conference:
Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City
Thursday, May 7, 2015
0845 -1000

The workshop will facilitate a discussion on best practices, funding strategies, obtaining equipment for your team, availability of more CERT utility trailers, and other important topics.
Please make every effort to attend.

If you haven’t done so already, you can register by visiting: http://www.njepa.org/

NJEPA

For more information email:
Howie Butt
NJ Citizen Corps State Coordinator
LPPBUTTH@gw.njsp.org

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NJ-TF1/USAR Red Team Drill 2015

We are very proud of our NJ-TF1/USAR members for successfully completing their NJ-TF1 Urban Search & Rescue Red Team Drill. This operations based exercise was designed to establish a learning environment for NJ-TF1’s 200 volunteer members to exercise emergency response plans, policies, and procedures as they pertain to structural collapse rescue.

NJ-TF1 members demonstrated the use of the search and rescue dog teams as well as confined space rescue and extraction techniques for the media on Friday, April 17, 2015.

NJ-TF1 would like to thank its local, state, federal and private partners for their assistance in facilitating this year’s NJ-TF1 Urban Search & Rescue Red Team Drill. Special thanks to: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Emergency Management Accreditation Program, NJ & NY National Guard, Local 825 Operating Engineers, NJ Department of Transportation, NJ Transit, i-150th AHB & Louis Berger Group, Inc.

For more information on NJ-TF1 visit: http://www.ready.nj.gov/taskforce1/index.html

Check out the NJ.com article featuring the exercise: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/04/civilian_and_military_first_responders_exercise_on.html

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