Fort Monmouth, NJ - Sunday, March 6, 2011 is the deadline for New Jersey state and local agencies and certain private nonprofit agencies, that may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance, to submit Request for Public Assistance (RPA) forms to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM).
The forms ask for general information which identifies the applicant and is one of the first steps in the Public Assistance (PA) grant process. The PA funds are available to eligible applicants as part of the federal disaster declaration of February 4, 2011 for the severe winter storms, and snowstorm that occurred December 26-27, 2010 in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cumberland, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union Counties.
The primary goal of the Public Assistance program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NJOEM, is to provide reimbursement for eligible expenses for emergency response as well as the repair and replacement of damaged public facilities. Under the PA program, FEMA reimburses 75 percent of eligible expenses.
Under current law, applicants must submit RPAs to NJOEM within 30 days of the federal major disaster declaration. For forms and more information on the Public Assistance programs, call the NJ Office of Emergency Management, Public Assistance Unit at 609-882-2000, extension 2500. RPAs can be faxed to 609-882-1694.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.