MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -- Camden County officials are invited to briefings which will explain the process of applying for federal disaster assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, restoration and replacement of public facilities damaged in the wake of severe storms and flooding of July 12 to July 23, 2004.
Federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today that the briefings will take place on Wednesday August 11 at 10 a.m. at Lindenwold High School
“These briefings are designed to help local officials understand eligibility requirements and the reimbursement process,” said Captain Karl E. Kleeberg, state coordinating officer New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. “We have a responsibility to ensure that federal, state, and local dollars are used appropriately.”
On July 16, President George W. Bush designated two New Jersey counties a major disaster area. The counties included in the disaster declaration were Burlington and Camden. Camden County was initially declared for Individual Assistance and received the approval for Public Assistance on August 2.
With the Public Assistance grant declaration, affected local governments in Camden County 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. Disaster assistance also may be provided to repair, restore and replace facilities owned by certain private non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care and other essential governmental service facilities.
Government entities eligible to participate include state agencies, local government, river authorities, public utilities, and certain private non-profit organizations.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.