Rep. Pallone Meets with FEMA Administrator Fugate
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today met with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to discuss the federal response to Hurricane Sandy and ways to facilitate the region’s recovery. The meeting was attended by Members of Congress representing all states affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Pallone expressed several concerns to Administrator Fugate, including the need for more housing for those displaced residents who are now leaving temporary shelters. Pallone cited the housing coming into usage at Fort Monmouth as a step in the right direction, but pointed to the need for even more temporary housing alternatives including trailers and mobile homes.
Additionally, Pallone called on FEMA to provide emergency funds to repair breached dunes and replenish beaches to protect the area from future storms. He also asked that FEMA waive the 25 percent state/local match for these Army Corps of Engineers projects and other government infrastructure items such as roads, boardwalks, municipal buildings and fire houses. Typically, the state and local governments are responsible for providing 25 percent of FEMA funding, but many municipalities do not have the resources to contribute after this devastating storm.
“I appreciate the opportunity to share our concerns following Hurricane Sandy with Administrator Fugate,” said Pallone. “I am optimistic that FEMA will be responsive to both the immediate and long-term needs of New Jersey residents affected by the hurricane,” said Pallone.
Pallone also shared that some residents in his district who have experienced frequent flooding are requesting that their homes be bought out by FEMA rather than repaired or replaced. Some residents have also requested that their home be raised on pilings as an alternative. He asked Administrator Fugate to provide more information on this option for these residents.
“I will continue to follow-up with FEMA to ensure we are on the road to recovery and responding effectively to constituent needs,” Pallone added.