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December 23, 2009

Re:       FEMA Declaration for November 11-15, 2009 Storm - FEMA-1865-DR

Dear Mayor:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced yesterday that federal disaster aid has been made available for New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding associated with Tropical Depression Ida and a nor’easter during the period of November 11-15, 2009.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Atlantic, Cape May, and Ocean. 

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will be coordinating with County OEM officials.  Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected areas by OEM officials. 

Per FEMA, assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments can include as required:

  • Payment of not less than 75% of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not less than 75% of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not more than 75% of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.  New Jersey OEM will be working with local officials to prioritize hazard mitigation projects related to this declaration.

For more information on this federal declaration you can visit FEMA’s website, or New Jersey OEM’s website at

If you are in Atlantic, Cape May or Ocean Counties we recommend that you speak to your local or county OEM Director for the impact of this declaration on your community.  Questions can be directed to Lori Buckelew at or (609) 695-3481 x112.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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