WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced $2,546,156 in federal Sandy recovery funding to the State of New Jersey for portable emergency generators that can be deployed to fuel stations across the state in the case of future emergencies.The grant is provided by FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

"During the fight for federal Sandy relief, we said that it would not be enough to simply rebuild, but we needed to rebuild stronger and safer," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "The resources announced today will help ensure that the State of New Jersey has the necessary fuel stations up and running during a significant loss of power. Efforts like these will help make our state more resilient against future severe weather events."

"The grants being announced today will provide New Jersey with the proper equipment and emergency response programs needed to be prepared for future natural disasters," said Sen. Booker. "In the event of an emergency, additional backup generators will enable critical locations throughout the state to remain open giving first responders the resources they need to keep residents safe."

Specifically, the grant will fund purchase of 52 portable generators that will be stored at three regional locations: NJ National Guard Armory vehicle maintenance building in Franklin Borough; NJ Technical and Communications Complex, Horizon Center in Hamilton; and NJ Department of Human Services, Woodbine Development Center in Woodbine. The generators will be deployed to retail fuel stations on a case by case basis as determined by NJOEM contingent on the nature of the emergency situation and its impact/devastation on the population and its threat to loss of life or injury to the public. Approximately 258 retail fuel stations have agreed to install an emergency power sub-panel to be compatible with the generator connection as part of this program sponsored by the Economic Development Authority.