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Disaster assistance application process is now open in New Jersey

Federal Disaster Assistance is now open, FEMA has announced
FEMA funds 75 percent of the approved costs for eligible public assistance projects
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management announced that briefings to explain the application process are being held this week.

State and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in the southern New Jersey counties that may be eligible for disaster assistance following the Dec. 19 - 20 snowstorm are urged to begin the process of applying for federal assistance.

"Requests from potential applicants to determine their eligibility must be received by the state OEM within 30 days of the applicants' briefing," said State Police Lt. Nicholas Massa, state coordinating officer for the disaster. "There are a number of public organizations and private non-profits that may be eligible for assistance and are encouraged to apply by the deadline."

The briefings are being held in the seven counties made eligible for disaster assistance: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.

Additional information, along with a request for public assistance is available through each county's Office of Emergency Management.

Eligible applicants include state and local governments, school, universities, commissions, and other publicly-held organizations. Additional potential applicants include non-profit hospitals, utilities, museums, performing and community arts centers, zoos, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers and others.

The applicant briefings are being held at the following locations:

Eligible applicants include state and local governments, school, universities, commissions, and other publicly-held organizations

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 - 10 a.m. (Camden County)

Camden Co. Emergency Training Center

420 N. Woodbury - Turnersville Road

Blackwood, NJ  08012

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 - 2 p.m. (Gloucester County)

Gloucester Co. Government Services Bldg.

1200 N. Delsea Drive

Clayton, NJ  08312

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 - 10 a.m. (Burlington County)

Burlington Co. Public Safety Center

53 Academy Drive

Westampton, NJ  08060

Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 - 10 a.m. (Cumberland/Salem Counties)

Salem Co. Department of Emergency Services

135 Cemetery Road

Woodstown, NJ  08098

FEMA funds 75 percent of the approved costs for eligible public assistance projects.

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