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Pallone Leads New Jersey Delegation in Calling for Extension of Damage Assessment from Tropical Storm Isaias

August 25, 2020
Press Release
Bipartisan Letter Expresses Support for Governor Phil Murphy’s Request for 30-Day Extension of the State’s Damage Assessment

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) led the entire New Jersey delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives in calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend its deadline for the State of New Jersey to finalize its Preliminary Damage Assessment in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. In a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor, the lawmakers requested that the Agency honor Governor Phil Murphy’s request for a 30-day extension. Preliminary Damage Assessments help determine the extent of the disaster, its impact on individuals and public facilities, and federal assistance that may be needed. Tropical Storm Isaias hit New Jersey on August 4, causing an estimated 1.4 million residents in New Jersey to lose power.

“The duration of the power outages and the damage Tropical Storm Isaias inflicted upon homes and businesses throughout the region make it especially critical that the State of New Jersey submits the most accurate Preliminary Damage Assessment possible,” the lawmakers wrote. “Unfortunately, damages caused by the storm, paired with difficulties caused by the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, have slowed the State’s ability to collect this assessment data and prevented it from determining the full impact of the storm within the allotted timeframe.”

A copy of the letter is available here.

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