FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. – Atlantic and Cumberland Counties have until Monday, March 14, 2011 to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to FEMA for expenses incurred as a result of the severe storms and snow storm of December 26-27, 2010. RPA forms ask for general information which identifies the applicant and is one of the first steps in the Public Assistance (PA) grant process.
On February 4, 2011, President Obama issued a disaster declaration for the State of New Jersey. Thirteen counties were designated as eligible at that time: Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union Counties.
On February 11, 2011 Atlantic and Cumberland Counties were included in the designation.
Under current law, applicants must submit RPAs to NJOEM within 30 days of the federal major disaster declaration. Applicants in the original thirteen counties will reach their deadline on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Applicants in Atlantic and Cumberland counties have thirty days from the date they were included to submit an RPA, giving them until Monday, March 14, 2011 to apply.
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 incurred as a result of emergency response as well as the repair and replacement of damaged public facilities. Under the PA program, FEMA reimburses 75 percent of eligible expenses.
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.