FEMA Increases Reimbursements to New Jersey Areas Hit Hardest by Hurricane Sandy

FEMA-Increases-Reimbursements-to-New-Jersey-Areas-Hit-Hardest-by-Hurricane-Sandy-ImageThe Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it will increase the amount it will reimburse New Jersey communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.  Although President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy disaster plan initiated a 75-25 percent split between federal and local funding to assist in recovery efforts, respectively, FEMA has agreed to adjust those percentages to 90-10.

Increase to Provide Additional $262M

According to the Washington Post, FEMA’s increase will provide an immediate and additional $262 million to supplement funding that has already been committed and will cover all additional local government approved funding, such as public assistance, grant emergency work and permanent work, including debris removal and emergency protective measures associated with roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, utilities and parks.

The increase was largely due to the efforts of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Monmouth and Mercer) who met with Craig Fugate, FEMA’s highest official, to press for the increase and to discuss FEMA’s ongoing New Jersey flood recovery efforts.  According to Smith, “The move from a 75-25 percent federal-local cost share to a 90-10 split, which will be retroactive, will make the path forward a little more clear and help with municipal budget planning.”

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