FEMA FIELD OFFICE OPENS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM DECEMBER BLIZZARD

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Cape May County residents can get some federal help with recovery from the major snowstorm that fell the day after Christmas.

Following the announcement that federal assistance has been made available to the State of New Jersey for emergency work and damage caused by the winter storms of December 26-27, 2010, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management agency have opened a Joint Field Office to begin processing applications.

“FEMA will be working closely with State emergency managers to assist New Jersey’s public and eligible private agencies to recover from those storms,” said Bill Vogel, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer.

Assistance is available to eligible applicants on a cost-sharing basis with FEMA reimbursing 75 percent of the costs incurred for emergency services and the repair or replacement of damage facilities. Assistance is also available for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance, for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period.

The fifteen eligible counties include Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis to all 21 counties for hazard mitigation measures.

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