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March 27, 2013

Re:      FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Dear Mayor:

There is a critical deadline that is only days away (April 1st to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for funding under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (404).    All public entities must file a Letter of Intent (LOI) with their county Office of Emergency Management (OEM).  You should file an LOI even if you filed a RPA for FEMA 406 funding.

Filing a LOI for FEMA 404 funding does not guarantee reimbursement, but will assure that your resiliency and mitigation projects are recorded.  Any questions on submission of LOI and the FEMA 404 process can be directed to the State Hazard Mitigation Office (SHMO), Lt. Mike Gallagher (

As New Jersey is recovering and rebuilding from the impacts of Superstorm Sandy, we have many opportunities to incorporate hazard mitigation measures to reduce vulnerability and increase resiliency from future storm events.  It is important that we maximize all opportunities to incorporate mitigation into rebuilding projects to ensure that we not only rebuild but rebuild smarter and stronger.

Any unmet needs might be fundable through the Community Development Block Grants Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR), but only if a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) has been submitted.  CDBG-DR funds must be used to satisfy “unmet needs,” that is, financial needs not satisfied by other public or private funding sources like FEMA Individual Assistance funds, Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans, or private insurance.

CDBG-DR programs focus predominantly, but not exclusively, on the State’s most impacted counties and on the State’s low and moderate income (LMI) populations. The CDBG funding might be available if you were not directly impacted but have resiliency projects that were denied through FEMA 406. 

Separate from needs to rebuild your facilities (capital expenditures), funding is available for loss of revenues or other operational losses through FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan (CDL). Please be aware that the Governor (through Executive Order 128) has required every local government entity that can meet the requirements to apply for FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan (CDL) for revenue loss.  More information on CDL can be found at:

The Department of Environmental Protection is committed to assisting in getting the State’s infrastructure rebuilt in a resilient way.  We will continue to work to provide you the best information we have on funding opportunities. 

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy W. Randazzo, NJDEP’s Director of Local Government Assistance, at:

Office:  609-633-7700
Cell:      609-575-3806

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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