Rep. Pallone Announces FEMA grants for Emergency Response Services after Hurricane Sandy
LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to reimburse the New Jersey Department of Human Services for expenses related to relief efforts during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In total, the state will receive approximately $29 million for expenses incurred to support disaster operations.
FEMA will pay New Jersey $22.785 million to cover the full costs of accommodating 8,000 out-of-state utility workers in emergency response camps for the two weeks following the Hurricane (October 30th through November 14th). Additionally, FEMA will pay 75 or percent, $4.4 million, of the costs associated with housing out-of-state relief workers for the period from November 15th through the17th, and more than $1.8 million to cover the expense of accommodating the 500 staff members that operated the Monmouth Racetrack Care Shelter.
“As we continue our recovery in New Jersey, FEMA funding is critical to ensuring we have the recourses needed to build back our state after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy,” said Pallone. “The emergency workers who set up in New Jersey immediately after the storm played a crucial role in the effort to relieve the post-Sandy humanitarian crisis and working with the utilities to mitigate dangerous conditions from fallen power lines and gas leaks. I look forward to working with FEMA as we continue the recovery from Sandy and help rebuild New Jersey from the storm.”