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May 24, 2011

Re: State Emergency Preparedness Officials Focus on Hurricane Preparedness Planning

Dear Mayor:

As National Hurricane Preparedness Week begins, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) Director Charles B. McKenna have asked us to ask you to help spread the word on the importance of early planning for Hurricane Season. The Season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, can present life-threatening problems here in our Garden State.

We urge you to access the OHSP News Release, which we have posted on our website at

It includes important links and valuable tips, including:

  • Make an Emergency Go-Bag
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan, and
  • Stay Informed.

We also want to share information concerning an educational opportunity for Emergency Management personnel, which we have received from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. It follows. 

The NJOEM Mitigation Unit is accepting requests for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Course.  The original BCA program consists of methodologies and software modules for determining the benefit of a mitigation project over its cost to determine the cost effectiveness of the project.  The program conducts a BCA on a range of major natural hazards, including flood, earthquake, hurricane wind, tornado, and wildfire.  There is also a module for those with limited amounts of data that is called the damage frequency module.  Please send this information out to all applicable municipalities within your respective counties.

Dates: Tuesday, June 7 – Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Location: 1 River Road, Bldg. 18 (ROIC), West Trenton, NJ 08628

Course Information:  The course goal is to educate participants on the software and information needed to perform a BCA on a potential mitigation project.  This course will assist participants in developing quality Benefit-Cost Ratios (BCRs) to use when developing grant applications for the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.  The following modules of the course will be offered:

         Flood / Damage Frequency Assessment (DFA)

Course Prerequisites:  The course prerequisite is the Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis, which is available at

Student Manuals:  Student manuals <will be provided by the host OR can be downloaded at

Course Length: 2 days.  From 8:30 am to 5:00 pm both days.

Participant Selection Criteria: The intended audience includes personnel of local jurisdictions, tribal governments, and Private Non Profit (PNP) organizations that are eligible applicants for Unified HMA grants; state mitigation staffs responsible for assisting Unified HMA sub applicants; FEMA employees who assist State mitigation staff and/or who are responsible for reviewing Unified HMA applications and/or monitoring Unified HMA grant awards.

To Apply: Participants should contact Sgt. Michael Gallagher #5698 at  or (609) 963-6900 x6728 as soon as possible, class size may be limited to 25-30 students.

For more information, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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