$2.8M in federal grants for county hazard mitigation plans

TRENTON – More than $2.8 million in federal grants will be used by counties to prepare for future major storms.

The Community Disaster Block Grant funds will be used by emergency management agencies to prepare hazard mitigation plans.

“With the destruction of Superstorm Sandy still fresh in our minds, now is an ideal time to consider how we can be better prepared in the future,” Gov. Chris Christie said in a release.

“These hazard mitigation plans will help county officials apply lessons learned from Sandy to their long-term planning to make their towns more resilient.”

Among the things counties will include in their new plans: minimizing operational downtime, increasing public understanding of risks; preventing damage to unique cultural or environmental assets, and reducing risk exposure for first-responders.

Fourteen counties will receive funding, representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 75 percent share of the costs. The remaining counties have previously received FEMA funding to update their hazard mitigation plans, Christie’s office said. 

 

County

Award Amount

Gloucester

$ 200,000

Morris

$ 200,000

Passaic

$ 250,000

Atlantic

$ 150,000

Cape May

$ 250,000

Cumberland

$ 200,000

Middlesex

$ 250,000

Union

$ 250,000

Warren

$ 200,000

Hunterdon

$ 200,000

Mercer

$ 125,000

Sussex

$ 200,000

Camden

$ 200,000

Salem

$ 200,000

Total

$ 2,875,000


$2.8M in federal grants for county hazard mitigation plans