TRENTON – Federal aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement the state and local emergency response efforts resulting from Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie announced today.
On Sunday, the governor formally requested that President Barack Obama declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey. This declaration allows the state to request funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday evening.
“This assistance will enhance the State’s capability to respond quickly and put assets into place where they are needed to help New Jersey residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Christie.
Under Title V of the Stafford Act, FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures authorized to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
FEMA will provide assistance for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, which provides 75 percent federal funding.
Residents needing information and referral for assistance with clean up and basic needs should call 2-1-1, New Jersey’s Helpline.
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