WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that Jersey City will receive more than $2.5 million in federal Sandy recovery aid to reimburse the city for emergency public safety measures taken as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"When Hurricane Sandy hit, our local communities did exactly what we expect from government - they moved swiftly to protect their citizens,"said Sen. Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation's efforts to secure federal Sandy relief funding. "And it's critical our towns and municipalities recoup some of the emergency response expenses associated with Superstorm Sandy. I applaud this FEMA funding which will help reimburse Jersey City for the emergency work it's already done and we will continue working every day to make sure every community impacted is not just reimbursed, but has the resources they need to fully recover and rebuild."
"When Sandy hit, Jersey City acted quickly toestablish evacuation shelters, conduct search and rescue operations, and take other steps to ensure that residents were safe and properties were protected,"said Sen. Lautenberg, who was a lead author of the Sandy relief legislation."This federal funding will reimburse Jersey City for the costs of those emergencymeasures, and wewillcontinue to work hard to ensure that New Jersey communities get their fair share of Sandy aid to recover and rebuild stronger."
This grant provides $2,542,606.82 in federal funding to Jersey City formeasures takento protect public health and safety,includingmaintaining access to medical facilities, schools, food, fuel, and utilitiesduring and after Superstorm Sandy.
In response to Sandy, Jersey City performed mandatory evacuations, conducted search and rescue operations, securedproperties, rerouted traffic away from affected areas,expanded its capacity to respond to911 calls, installed generators topowercritical infrastructure, assisted power crews, andexpandedshelter operationsto save lives and protectproperties.
In January, the President signedthe Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations billinto law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and clean water infrastructure.