MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J.-As a result of its aggressive pursuit of Hurricane Sandy reimbursement funds, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes reports that to date more than $12 million has been awarded to the county, its constituent municipalities and eligible non-profit agencies. The storm, one of the most challenging natural disasters ever to hit the region, struck the Northeast in October 2012 causing billions of dollars in damages. Executive Hughes reports that even 18 months after Sandy churned up the East Coast, Mercer County continues to recover costs associated with the storm.
"Week after week, our Office of Emergency Management has worked to recover the costs associated with Hurricane Sandy," Hughes said. "Those costs involve the measures we took to protect lives and property as well as the tremendous costs associated with debris removal and property damage experienced by county and local government agencies, as well as many nonprofit agencies that were affected."
Mercer County, through the Office of Emergency Management and the State of New Jersey liaison, has worked hard since the storm to identify any and all costs that might be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In order to apply for reimbursement, Mercer County and its 12 towns, along with nonprofit agencies, were required to compile detailed reports and supporting documents for costs they incurred, and the Hughes Administration, along with the state-appointed liaison, was charged with the task of submitting those applications to FEMA.
The more than $12 million reimbursed so far is the 90 percent allowance by FEMA, and some of the awards will be delivered in stages, according to the Office of Emergency Management; various agencies continue to identify costs possible for reimbursement.
Mercer County efforts in recovery are focused on FEMA's definition of "Public Assistance" (PA). Public assistance is associated with property damage and expenses by government agencies and certain nonprofit organizations. FEMA assistance that is available to individuals is a separate federal program referred to as "Individual Assistance" (IA) that is administered by FEMA through the state.
In addition to the ongoing effort at recovering expenses due to Hurricane Sandy, Mercer County has received funds for mitigation as a result of the storm. These funds are available to take lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and undertake projects that would minimize or "mitigate" the impact on citizens and property should another storm of great magnitude strike.
The county solicited project ideas from local government agencies as a result of their experiences from Hurricane Sandy, and as a result received $1.9 million in Mitigation Funds for those mitigation projects. Those funds will go toward, among other things, generators for potential shelters, resource center development, and public works and first responder facilities. The funds will also be applied to a countywide update of the hazard mitigation plan the county maintains on behalf of the local municipalities.
The amounts awarded as eligible for reimbursement as of this month are listed below. Please note some private nonprofit agency costs are associated with sites outside of Mercer County but they have been assisted by Mercer County because they are primarily based in county.
|East Windsor Township||$556,628|
|East Windsor Municipal Authority||$402,589|
|Hamilton Township Water Pollution Control||$71,142|
|Hamilton Fire Districts (All)||$246,351|
|Hopewell Township Fire District #1||$23,056|
|Hopewell Valley School District||$7,396|
|Lawrence Township Board of Education||$8,258|
|County of Mercer||$1,026,246|
|Mercer County Community College||$19,659|
|Mercer County Special Services School District||$13,909|
|Mercer County Technical Schools||$28,527|
|Princeton First Aid Squad||$13,980|
|Princeton Regional School District||$33,309|
|City of Trenton||$426,128|
|Trenton Board of Education||$84,145|
|Trenton Housing Authority||$8,250|
|West Windsor Township||$701,471|
|West Windsor Plainsboro School District||$11,394|
|Adath Israel Congregation||$1,130|
|ARC of Mercer||$7,995|
|Capital Health Regional Center||$98,527|
|Civil Air Patrol||$42,794|
|Diocese of Trenton||$735,687|
|Robert Wood Johnson Hospital||$10,233|
|St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center||$5,479|
|Stony Brook Sewerage Authority||$111,533|
|Trustees of Princeton University||$742,667|
|Mitigation money awarded under the Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Energy and Infrastructure Grant Program for projects submitted by Mercer County is listed below.|
|Direct State Funding:|
|Stony Brook Sewage Authority||$177,100|
|City of Trenton||$100,000|
|West Windsor Township||$213,680|
|Mercer County Allocation of Mitigation funding of submitted projects:|
|East Windsor Township||$199,000|