While trudging through the ongoing rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, coastal communities pounded by the devastating storm are trying to form long-term strategies for addressing a wide-range of recovery needs with a finite amount of money.
On April 11, the chapter submitted the following comments in response to the State of New Jersey’s draft Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The 30-day public comment period on the state’s new Hazard Mitigation Plan ends today – amid complaints by advocacy groups about the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s outreach efforts and mixed reviews for the plan itself.
In a move it said would “increase transparency” in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management opened a 30-day public comment period on an important hazard mitigation plan – a full week after it had already submitted the plan to the federal government for approval.
Listen to APA-NJ President Charles Latini on New Jersey Public Radio as he responds to the release of the NJ State Hazard Mitigation Plan and the lack of public process afforded to groups through the state as well as individuals in providing feedback before the plan was finalized.
The Christie administration has vowed to allow greater public input into its future plans. But that didn’t stop them from quietly submitting a report on hazard mitigation to the federal government last month, ahead of a publicized comment period for the same plan.
On March 5, the chapter submitted the following comments in response to the State of New Jersey’s proposed Substantial Amendment for the Second Allocation of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan, which describes how the State proposes to spend the $1.46 billion second installment of CDBG-DR funding for Sandy recovery.