January 29, 2014
Re: NJ Resiliency Network and Municipal Resources
I am pleased to announce the launch of the NJ Resiliency Network. The Network is facilitated by Sustainable Jersey and offers Sandy recovery resources and assistance to communities.
The NJ Resiliency Network is a statewide initiative that provides municipalities with direct access to resources and technical assistance provided by public, private, academic and non-profit organizations. The Network's current and pending resources include model ordinances, design guidelines, workshops, mapping, grants assistance and vulnerability assessments, as well as access to a searchable database with existing and new grants for recovery and resiliency. (The database will be released in February.)
The Network will be responsive to your needs. Based on local input, we will work with partner organizations, public and private, to develop new programing and resources. I encourage you to visit the Network website, www.NJResiliency.com, to learn more about the program and the resources that are currently available to you. It's also very important that you complete the Community Needs Assessment so that the Network can begin working to address unmet needs. The Network staff is now reaching out to municipalities in the coastal regions of New Jersey to go over resources and opportunities available to you, and better understand your needs. If you are located outside of Sandy impacted coastal regions, the Network still offers broad-based assistance and access to the database. More details are available on the website.
Take the Community Needs Assessment now. It's available on the Network website at http://www.njresiliency.com/community-assistance. There's no limit to the number of Assessments your municipality can submit.
If you have specific questions about the NJ Resiliency Network, please contact Linda Weber, Program Director, info@NJresiliency.com.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.