Jersey City to receive $3.3M FEMA grant

The Christie Administration said Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $3.3 million Public Assistance grant to reimburse Jersey City for emergency protection measures performed as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

The federal funds will cover emergency costs incurred by police, public works employees and electrical contractors to protect and evacuate members of the public, the administration said. These actions included performing mandatory evacuations, rerouting traffic from affected areas, responding to excess 9-1-1 calls, installing generators to critical infrastructure, assisting power crews and opening and maintaining shelter operations within the boundaries of Jersey City.

Public Assistance grants reimburse local and county governments and certain nonprofit organizations for eligible disaster-related costs including emergency protective measures, debris removal and public infrastructure repair or replacement costs. The program is administered by the State of New Jersey.