FORT MONMOUTH, NJ. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $19 million in Public Assistance (PA) funds to help fifteen New Jersey counties recover costs incurred as a result of severe storms and masses of snow that blanketed the State December 26-27, 2010.
FEMA funding represents 75 percent reimbursement of the approved costs of public assistance projects. Eligible applicants for Public Assistance include state agencies, county governments, municipalities, and certain private non-profit organizations that provide essential services of a governmental nature.
These obligated funds are made available to the State of New Jersey which then allocates the funds to the applicants. Disbursement is based upon the projects and associated costs submitted by the applicant and subsequently approved by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and FEMA.
"This is grant money that will enable communities to restore much needed funds that were spent while responding to the snow storm," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Bill Vogel.
The PA program is providing more than 840 eligible applicants reimbursement for the cost of emergency protective measures taken during the disaster; the cost of snow and debris removal; and the cost of repairs to damaged infrastructure in the designated counties of Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic Somerset and Union.
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