Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Nearly $5 Million in Federal Sandy Relief to Begin Hazard Mitigation Efforts

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Nearly $5 Million in Federal Sandy Relief to Begin Hazard Mitigation Efforts

Funds to be used for personnel, equipment needed for HMGP applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg (both D-NJ) today applauded the announcement of nearly $5 million in federal Sandy relief being released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will be awarded to the State of New Jersey for the purpose of administering applications to the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), which will be instrumental to helping residents raise or otherwise protect their homes from future flooding.

"This funding is a step in the right direction toward putting families back in their homes and better protecting them from future storms," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy aid. "I look forward to continuing to work with federal and state officials, as well as the communities themselves in preparing our homes and businesses for future severe weather events. As I have said before, it's not enough to simply rebuild after Sandy. We need to rebuild better and stronger."

"The devastation of Sandy made clear how important it is to make investments that will reduce the vulnerability of our neighborhoods to storm risks," said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. "This federal funding will help New Jersey residents protect their homes from flooding, and we will keep fighting for resources to strengthen New Jersey communities and make them safer places to live."

The $4,885,894 in federal Sandy relief funding announced today will cover an initial amount of state management costs, and will be used to hire a consultant, fund state salaries, and help obtain equipment and supplies needed to develop HMGP applications.

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