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



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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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


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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Submissions due to NJOEM no later than August 3, 2015


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


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/


For more information email:
Howie Butt
NJ Citizen Corps State Coordinator


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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

Remember to like our page here on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @ReadyNJ and follow us on Instagram @ReadyNJ.

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New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1) – The State’s Urban Search & Rescue Team – April 2015

New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1) – The State’s Urban Search & Rescue Team   

NJ_TF1 Poster - jpeg Who is NJ-TF1?

New Jersey Task Force One is the State’s Urban Search and Rescue Team. They operate under the auspices of the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) & New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM). They are comprised of technical search & rescue specialists who are at the top of their game from both the public and private sectors. All training conforms to FEMA US&R System and NFPA 1670 and 1006 standards.


NJ-TF1 was established in 1996 to address a Technical Rescue void in our State’s emergency response plan. The team currently resides within the Division of State Police, Homeland Security Branch, Emergency Management Section, Emergency Response Bureau, USAR Unit.

Since its inception, NJ-TF1 has responded to many structural collapse incidents and natural disaster events. Some include the NYC World Trade Center attacks, the Atlantic City parking garage collapse, the ’04 Warren County flood/swift water rescue events, the Eatontown commercial building gas explosion, Hurricane Katrina, the Southampton trench resue, the Passaic County floods, the Hackensack collapse, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. In addition to operational deployments, NJ-TF1 participated in the TOPOFF 3 Exercise in New London, CT. NJ-TF1 has also been requested to provide Technical Rescue equipment and assistance during the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, PA and the Democratic National Convention in NYC.

How They Operate

The team is divided into six distinct components, Search, Rescue, Planning, Logistics, HazMat, and Medical. All components train regularly in their respective discipline at the NJ-TF1 Training Facility in Lakehurst, NJ.

What They Provide

  • Incident Advance Team to assist the Incident Commander in assessment and technical support.
  • 100,000 pounds of state-of-the-art search and rescue equipment.
  • Self-Sufficiency for the first 72 hours with base camp, supplies and communications in order not to impact local resources.
  • Deployment up to 10 days with a 80 member task force.
  • Modular or full deployment depending on Incident Commander’s needs
  • Over 210 members with expertise in the following disciplines:
    • Structural Collapse
    • Confined Space/Trench Rescue
    • High Angle/Rope Rescue
    • Flood/Swift Water Rescue
    • K9 & Technical Search
    • HazMat
    • Structural Engineering
    • Technical Information
    • Heavy Rigging
    • Logistics & Communications
    • Incident Accountability & Planning
    • Medical Triage & Treatment

How To Activate NJ-TF1

To request NJ-TF1 during an emergency, call the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) at 609-963-6900

Want more information? Check out this informational video to see the incredible work NJ-TF1 performs: https://youtu.be/8YoxqNS2vN4

To obtain an application package or additional information on NJ-TF1 call 732-657-7001 or visit: http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/taskforce1

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CERT TTT Program Manager Course – June 2015









JUNE 18-19, 2015





All training materials will be provided to each attendee.

There are NO COSTS to attend.

LUNCH will be provided both days.


by NJOEM to attend this course.




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HOWARD BUTT @ 609-530-3649

NJOEM will contact you to approve your training application



609-963-6995   LPPBUTTH@GW.NJSP.ORG

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