Monday, May 6, 2013
'We have worked so hard to get to this point,' said Mayor James Barberio.
Nearly two years after Hurricane Irene, many in Parsippany are still displaced from their homes due to severe damage to their residences. For some homeowners, the only way to save their houses was to agree to have them elevated higher than the 100-year flood level. And while a precious few homes were raised last year, there is good news for those still waiting. The second phase of elevations kicks off Tuesday in Parsippany, said Mayor James Barberio. “This process has been endured far too long by the residents of Lake Hiawatha who have yet to return to their homes," he said. "I am glad to see progress being made and the gradual return of normalcy to the area. “We have worked so hard to get to this point.” Paid for through the Federal …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
James Barberio said the town will work with vendors to bring down their prices.
Further elevations of homes substantially damaged in 2011's Hurricane Irene will have to wait a bit. At Tuesday's Town Council agenda meeting at Parsippany High School, Mayor James Barberio announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood mitigation grants, which cover at least part of the cost of raising houses higher than the 100-year flood line, will be delayed. The mayor explained that the elevation contract went out to bid twice. "We went out to bid on two occasions, bids came in high and were rejected," he said. "We're going to move forward with negotiations with the bidders." Barberio said Parsippany must follow state and FEMA guidelines when awarding grants. "We want to let residents elevate their properties, but they…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Extension also for homeowner, renter and business registration with SBA.
Residents impacted by superstorm Sandy now have until May 1 to register for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to a statement from the governor's office. The deadline extension also applies for homeowner, renter and business registration with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Disaster Loan Assistance. Businesses applying for SBA Economic Injury loans still have until July 31 to apply. The loans are for businesses that did not suffer any physical damage, but lost revenue in Sandy's aftermath. State and federal offiicials have urged all residents and businesses affected by the storm, whether it was through flooding, wind damage or loss of business revenue, to register …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Paid for via federal and county flood mitigation programs, the Lake Hiawatha home will be razed and turned into open space for perpetuity.
The first flood-damaged Parsippany home slated for acquisition is now the property of the township. Mayor James Barberio presided over the Feb. 13 closing of a River Drive home. There is more to come, he said, noting that closings for the remaining 17 severely damaged homes should take place soon. These residences, rendered uninhabitable during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, qualified for a voluntary FEMA grant enabling the municipality to purchase their homes for future demolition and eventual reversion to open space for perpetuity. Monies came from matching grants via the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and the Morris County Flood Mitigation Program. Lake Hiawatha resident Rebecca Erb is the first homeowner to relinquish her …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Extension prompted by a request from New Jersey officials.
The deadline to register for disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has been extended to March 1, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Friday. The registration, which was supposed to end Wednesday, Jan. 30, was extended to give storm survivors another month to register with the agency for federal aid, according to an NJ.com report last week. The extension was prompted by a request from New Jersey officials, according to FEMA. More than 57,500 New Jersey residents so far have been approved for help through FEMA’s individual assistance program, the report said.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Eleven more flood-damaged township homes will be bought out by county to become open space.
The Morris County Board of Select Freeholders have given final approval for the buyout of 11 more severely flood-damaged homes so that they can become community open space. The move authorizes spending $540,510 to provide a 25 percent match for the Hurricane Irene Hazard Mitigation grant funds received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s 75 percent cost share totals $945,892 for these properties, said Jennifer McCulloch, coordinator of the Flood Mitigation Program. Between the federal and county efforts, Parsippany won't have to spend a cent in the buyout. The freeholders' Flood Mitigation Program, launched in the wake of 2011's Irene, helps municipalities purchase flood-prone houses from willing sellers and convert them …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance now end of this month. How to apply.
Wednesday, January 2
Those who suffered losses due to Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey now have until January 30, 2013 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management have announced. People with storm losses in all counties can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. At the request of the state of New Jersey, FEMA extended the registration deadline beyond the original 60-day window due to the magnitude of the Hurricane Sandy disaster. The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross and the …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Meetings for non-governmental businesses and nonprofit agencies will be held between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety and the county Office of Emergency Management will hold public assistance meetings for non-governmental businesses and nonprofit agencies including schools and libraries that have requested public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because of Superstorm Sandy. Meetings are scheduled for between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at the county’s Public safety Training Academy, 500 W. Hanover Ave., in Parsippany. Each meeting is expected to last about an hour. The meetings will afford the applicants an opportunity to discuss their individual needs and concerns with a FEMA representative, said Jeffrey S. Paul, director of the Morris County Office of Emergency …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Sandy survivors should submit insurance settlement information to FEMA right away.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Superstorm Sandy survivors who have insurance need to get their insurer's information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as soon as possible, according to Parsippany Police. According to a news release FEMA distributed through the PPD, those who registered with the agency and indicated that they are insured should send in their insurance settlement information to FEMA as soon as they receive it. The settlement documents allow the agency to determine if survivors have uninsured or underinsured losses that are eligible for federal assistance, according to the statement. By law FEMA cannot pay deductibles or provide financial assistance for losses covered by insurance. Aid decisions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To submit …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
FEMA-operated 'Disaster Recovery Center' will be open Thursday-Saturday in Morris Plains.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Morris County officials urge anyone thinking about registering for FEMA assistance following Superstorm Sandy to do so as soon as possible. Frank Pinto, director of the Morris County Department of Human Services, said the sooner residents seek assistance, the sooner they will have money in hand for their needs. “The FEMA representatives who are staffing the Disaster Recovery Centers can provide technical assistance at the centers themselves or through other means,” Pinto said. “There is a 60-day deadline for registering and we want everyone who is eligible to receive assistance.” Morris County’s Disaster Recovery Center, operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is at the …