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FLORIDA Approves NORMI Assessor and Remediator Examinations for Licensure

Monday, October 21st, 2013

10/18/2013 Tallahassee, FL   The State of Florida Mold-Related Services Board has approved the NORMI Assessor and Remediator examinations for licensure by the State. NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, now joins a small group of select not-for-profit trade organizations with whom the state has partnered to provide competency examinations for the mold industry.

“This is a big day for NORMI,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director. “Since 2004 NORMI has provided direction for great training through its strategic partners in the areas of assessment and remediation for mold contaminated properties. As a certifying agency, the NORMI standards for conduct and professionalism have allowed it to be included in stakeholders for those states who have or are considering mold licensure. This recognition assures the NORMI members and those interested in being a part of our organization the kind of credibility they deserve in a field where competency is critical to the health and welfare of the public.”

“This examination is not easy,” reported Wenford Taylor, Senior Trainer. “Even with the years of experience I have in the field, the State of Florida requires a high level of competency, field knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of this dynamic industry. I recommend the student take a refresher course before sitting for this exam. Though not required to take the exam, current training in the areas of moisture and moisture control, protocol writing and remediation techniques will definitely help.”

NORMI will be offering the two-hour proctored exam at various locations throughout the state for those who are interested in being licensed. Application for examination may be made through the NORMI Examinations link at its homepage (www.NORMI.org) but candidates for licensure must then meet the State of Florida requirements which include a background check and field experience. NORMI Certification automatically follows successful passing of the examination(s) but licensure is not guaranteed as that decision is left entirely to the state for which licensure is requested.

The website at www.NORMI.org  will be changed shortly to reflect the criteria to challenge the examination but for more information on the NORMI Examination, call 877.251.2296 or email support@NORMI.org  For verification of State approval see FLORIDA DBPR Examinations

 

Mold Free Construction by Doug Hoffman

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Mold Free Construction

Mold Free Construction by Doug Hoffman

Every contractor is aware of the great problem of moisture in the home building process. The building protocol followed by a construction company can make an enormous difference in the indoor environment of a home. Water damage to ceilings and walls, problems with the HVAC system, and rampant mold can make a homeowners worst nightmares come true. That is why Doug Hoffman’s book Mold-Free Construction is so timely and important.

Doug Hoffman is more than qualified to write a book addressing building science. As a licensed general contractor, roofing contractor, plumbing contractor, indoor air consultant, indoor air quality and water purification environmental consultant, former NIAQI advisory board member, and executive director of NORMI, he developed the Mold-Free Process of Construction as a result of a wide variety of experience in the home building industry. Every homeowner, home builder, and construction partner should read this book. Doug points out a variety of common mistakes that can lead to devastating mold problems in a home.

Doug writes with an easy to follow, common sense approach to the problem of mold free construction. He outlines each area of the home, and the necessary considerations that a homeowner should take. He gives practical advice for avoiding a mold problem that a contractor will be able to implement. Even better, there is a convenient homeowner check-list at the end of the book so you can be confident that you have secured each area of the home against mold.

Doug’s book can be purchased on Amazon for $14.99, and should be a staple in the library of every homeowner and contractor. Purchase a copy today to find out for yourself how simple the Mold-Free Process of Construction really is.

Governor Chris Christie addresses members of the press in NJ

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Toms River Police Department

Ocean County NJ

07172013Governor Chris Christie addresses members of the press and a small group of select invitees about disaster recovery funding for essential services in the region.  Federal funds became available to help offset the potential 30%-40% property tax increases which would be necessary for the townships in the area to continue providing school, public works, and emergency services at currently funded levels. The tax base has been reduced due to the Hurricane Sandy damage to homes and businesses in the area.  This government assistance is designed to help reduce additional hardships to the affected areas by maintaining needed essential services.  Lance Eisen, the Executive Director of the NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force was present at the briefing. He said, “It was good to hear that positive events like these were occurring in the affected areas. There is much education and work to be done.  However, this kind of funding a very good start and we are proud to be a part of the solution.” 

 

The Governor continued to address the press and the invitees about several other regional and state issues.

REPRINT–”Pollution, Lung Cancer Link Grow Stronger”

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Published: Jul 9, 2013
By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Action Points

Long-term exposure even to low-level air pollution may increase the risk of lung cancer and adenocarcinoma in particular.
Point out that analyses related to traffic intensity on the nearest street, increased road traffic in proximity to residence, and nitrogen oxide concentrations showed no significant associations with lung cancer.

Long-term exposure even to low-level air pollution may increase the risk of lung cancer, particularly adenocarcinoma, an analysis of 17 European studies suggested.

Ambient air concentrations of particulate matter <10 micrometers and <2.5 micrometers had statistically significant associations with adenocarcinoma of the lung, the most common lung cancer histology. Both types of air pollution were associated with >50% increased risk of lung adenocarcinoma, reported Ole Raaschou-Nielsen, PhD, of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Copenhagen, and colleagues.

Concentrations of particulate matter <10 micrometers also had a significant association with any lung cancer, they wrote online in The Lancet Oncology.

“This very large multicenter study shows an association between exposure to particulate matter air pollution and the incidence of lung cancer, in particular adenocarcinoma, in Europe, adding substantially to the weight of the epidemiological evidence,” Raaschou-Nielsen’s group concluded.

“The cohort-specific analyses consistently identified smoking-related variables as the most important confounders, in accordance with the fact that smoking is the most important risk factor for lung cancer,” they noted. “Information about smoking variables was available for all the cohorts, and we would expect only weak confounding, if any, from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.”

Multiple studies have implicated ambient air pollution as a potential cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer incidence has stabilized in recent years in most developed countries, but major shifts in histologic subtypes have occurred, the authors noted.

Specifically, the incidence of adenocarcinoma has increased substantially, accompanied by substantial decline in the incidence of squamous-cell carcinomas. Of note, adenocarcinoma accounts for a majority of lung cancer cases among smokers and nonsmokers.

The European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE) maintains data from 17 European cohort studies that have investigated associations between various levels of air pollution and lung cancer. Raaschou-Nielsen and colleagues analyzed ESCAPE data to address three hypotheses:
Ambient air pollution at the residence is associated with lung cancer risk
Air pollution has a stronger association with lung cancer among nonsmokers and people with low fruit intake
The association is stronger for adenocarcinoma and squamous-cell carcinoma than for all lung cancers combined

The primary outcome was all lung cancer, and key secondary outcomes pertained to adenocarcinomas and squamous-cell carcinomas.

The 17 studies comprised cohorts representing 12 cities and nine countries. Investigators analyzed data for each cohort, and cohort-specific estimated effects were combined by meta-analysis. Exposure estimates were derived from land-use regression models.

The land-use models included particulate matter <10 micrometers, <2.5 micrometers, 2.5 to 10 micrometers, soot, nitrogen oxides, and two traffic indicators.

The overall analysis comprised 312,944 study participants and about 4.1 million person-years at risk. During a mean follow-up of 12.8 years, 2,095 cases of lung cancer were diagnosed. The meta-analyses showed a significant association between lung cancer and particulate matter <10 micrometers, represented by a hazard ratio of 1.22 (95% CI 1.03-1.45 per 10 micrometers/m3). An HR hazard ratio of 1.18 for particulate matter <2.5 micrometers did not achieve significance (95% CI 0.96-1.46 per 5 micrometers/m3).

Analyses of associations between air pollution and adenocarcinoma lung cancer showed significant associations for particulate matter <10 micrometers (HR 1.51, 95% CI 1.10-2.08) and <2.5 micrometers (HR 1.55, 95% CI 1.05-2.29). Associations were strongest for participants who resided at the same address for longer periods of time.

Analyses related to traffic intensity on the nearest street, increased road traffic in proximity to residence, and nitrogen oxide concentrations showed no significant associations with lung cancer.

The author of an invited commentary credited the investigators with designing and performing a study that “is sophisticated and overcame several limitations of previous air pollution studies.”

Nonetheless, Takashi Yorifuji, MD, PhD, of Okayama University, and Saori Kashima, PhD, of Hiroshima University, both in Japan, lamented the lack of recognition of air pollution as a contributing factor in lung cancer. For example, the 18th edition (2012) of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine excluded air pollution from a list of lung cancer risks.

“Although smoking is undoubtedly a strong risk factor, evidence for an association between air pollution exposure and lung cancer is also accumulating,” Yorifuji and Kashima said. “Although the lung cancer risk associated with air pollution is much lower than that associated with smoking, everybody is exposed to air pollution. Thus, the public health effect is quite large.”

“At this stage, we might have to add air pollution, even at current concentrations, to the list of causes of lung cancer and recognize that air pollution has large effects on public health, although fortunately, like tobacco smoking, it is a controllable factor,” they added.

For more information on how to combat indoor air pollution, contact NORMI at support@normi.org or call 877.251.2296 CLICK ON “Participate in our Survey” to take FREE IAQ survey of your home.

NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force Seminars a Success

Monday, June 24th, 2013

EFT Seminars

Lance Eisen, educating our attendees.

On June 19th and 20th the NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force hosted two Free Public Seminars and a CMI contractors class in Monmouth County NJ. It was well attended by members of the public and officials from several non-profit and government organizations. Channel 12 News covered the event.

We noticed a lack of credible information and consistent direction for the victims of Super Storm Sandy in the NJ/NY Metro area. Many untrained and uninsured contractors have been offering quick, but inadequate solutions to the desperate property owners. Victims of Super Storm Sandy are continuing to be victimized by unqualified contractors because of the lack of contractor regulations and a feeling of urgency to resolve problems as quickly as possible. The uncertainty caused by the stress of decision-making is causing emotional stress and other health issues for the victims. Without the proper information, homeowners don’t know whether to hire a contractor, repair it themselves, wait for the insurance adjuster, or wait for the government to release funds. When help does come, a homeowner with faulty information is unable to defend themselves against the inadequate solutions being offered.

Public education, contractor training, and consistent regulations are desperately needed in the industry. Our goal is to help the agencies supporting the disaster recovery efforts and the law makers in achieving these goals. The best tool in the disaster recovery process is information.

We want to thank all of the attendees that were at the events on the 19th and 20th, and again extend our support to the agencies working with the recovery efforts.

Hurricane Video Posted at Hurricane.NORMI.org

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

June 22, 2013 Abita Springs, LA

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org) has posted a new hurricane preparedness video on their homepage to help the public be prepared for hurricane season. The information included therein is a compilation of information collected from government and public sources in an effort to centralize information people need before evacuations are called.

“We experienced Hurricane Katrina and have helped folks in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy,” said Executive Director Doug Hoffman, “so we know what people should be thinking about before a hurricane approaches and how they should be prepared. The results of inaction can be worse if the storm is stronger than anticipated or more wide-spread. Hurricanes are so unpredictable that it’s vital we plan to protect ourselves and our families.”

For more information contact NORMI at support@normi.org or call 877.251.2296

Top Ten Things to Avoid Toxic Structural Mold from Flooding

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

June 22, 2013 (Abita Springs, LA)—A few simple steps can save property owners thousands of dollars of damage due to structural mold growth, according to Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org), a nonprofit organization involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals. Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building but also the health of its occupants, further explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Katrina. Disaster area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:

1) Remove any standing water—use a pump or a wet vac.
2) Remove wet carpets, rugs, draperies and personal belongings. Clear mud and debris from floors and foundation walls to allow the subflooring and foundation to dry.
3) Remove and discard water-saturated sheetrock and insulation—18 inches above the highest watermark to increase structural drying. Remove water-damaged flexible ductwork.
4) Remove all mold growth on remaining structural building materials—by mechanical means or complete removal if necessary. The easiest and most effective way to initially clean mold from structural building materials is with the use of a commercial wet/dry HEPA vacuum, followed by wiping, scrubbing, scrapping or sanding for complete removal.
5) Don’t use bleach to clean mold—it is an effective sanitizer but will not remove mold at its “root”. The mold will look like its gone but it won’t be.
6) Use sanitizers—on any portion of the structure contaminated by sewage or flood waters.
7) Dry the structure out as quickly as possible—as structural mold will begin to form in the first 24-48 hours. As soon as the above removal steps are completed, turn up the heat, circulate the air with fans, and use a dehumidifier to keep the indoor humidity below 60 percent. Hot, dry air dries things faster than cold moist air. If there’s no electricity, open windows and doors to get air moving to speed up the drying process.
8) Check your attic—undetected roof leaks can become big structural mold problems later.
9) Inspect windows on the outside of the structure—check for damaged caulking and seals that could lead to future water leaks.
10) Don’t seal it up until its dry—siding, sheetrock, and flooring repairs should be done only after the substrates are completely dry. Confirm moisture content by using a moisture meter.

For more information on water damage and flood resources, please see www.Flood.NORMI.org or to locate a certified mold inspector or remediator in your area, log onto www.normipro.com or call 1.877.251.2296.

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Structural Mold from Spring Flooding

Friday, June 7th, 2013

June 7, 2013 (Abita Springs, LA)—A few simple steps can save property owners thousands of dollars of damage due to structural mold growth, according to Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org), a nonprofit organization involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals. Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building but also the health of its occupants, further explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Katrina. Disaster area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:

1) Remove any standing water—use a pump or a wet vac.
2) Remove wet carpets, rugs, draperies and personal belongings. Clear mud and debris from floors and foundation walls to allow the subflooring and foundation to dry.
3) Remove and discard water-saturated sheetrock and insulation—18 inches above the highest watermark to increase structural drying. Remove water-damaged flexible ductwork.
4) Remove all mold growth on remaining structural building materials—by mechanical means or complete removal if necessary. The easiest and most effective way to initially clean mold from structural building materials is with the use of a commercial wet/dry HEPA vacuum, followed by wiping, scrubbing, scrapping or sanding for complete removal.
5) Don’t use bleach to clean mold—it is an effective sanitizer but will not remove mold at its “root”. The mold will look like its gone but it won’t be.
6) Use sanitizers—on any portion of the structure contaminated by sewage or flood waters.
7) Dry the structure out as quickly as possible—as structural mold will begin to form in the first 24-48 hours. As soon as the above removal steps are completed, turn up the heat, circulate the air with fans, and use a dehumidifier to keep the indoor humidity below 60 percent. Hot, dry air dries things faster than cold moist air. If there’s no electricity, open windows and doors to get air moving to speed up the drying process.
8) Check your attic—undetected roof leaks can become big structural mold problems later.
9) Inspect windows on the outside of the structure—check for damaged caulking and seals that could lead to future water leaks.
10) Don’t seal it up until its dry—siding, sheetrock, and flooring repairs should be done only after the substrates are completely dry. Confirm moisture content by using a moisture meter.

For more information on water damage and flood resources, please see www.Flood.NORMI.org or to locate a certified mold inspector or remediator in your area, log onto www.normipro.com or call 1.877.251.2296.

NORMI to Hold Free Seminars for New Jersey Residents

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

(New Orleans) NORMIProETF (The NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force), a not-for-profit 501(3)c will hold FREE seminars on Wednesday and Thursday nights, June 19th and 20th from 7:00-8:30pm at Monmouth County Library (Headquarters) located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalpan, New Jersey. These are open to the public and each will cover a different subject.

On Wednesday evening the 30 minutes presentation will be on “How to Protect Yourself” from the threats associated with mold and bacteria contaminated building materials which need to be removed from the site. Those with suppressed immune systems are especially vulnerable to long term effects and should know how to evaluate the damage before proceeding with do-it-yourself cleanup.

On Thursday evening the 30 minutes presentation will be on “Techniques for Safely Removing Mold” from contaminated sites and precautions that should be taken by do-it-yourself property owners. Each seminar will be followed by a Q&A with a panel of experts on hand to answer specific questions in these areas.

Following the presentation, Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors) will moderate a Q&A from the audience. The panel of speakers will include experts from the area who have been trained in the evaluation and removal of mold and bacteria contaminated materials and provides resources that include accurate and timely information regarding these subjects.

NORMI is committed to the safety factors involved with the rebuilding of New Jersey area after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. With contractors pouring into the city, the importance of certified and licensed mold professionals is at an all time high due to the potentially severe health effects from inexperienced individuals.

On Thursday, July 20th from 9am-4pm NORMI will conduct a Certified Mold Inspector course at Holiday Inn Hazlet located 2870 Highway 35 South, Hazlet, New Jersey. The cost of the one-day course is $149.

For more information contact NORMI 877-251-2296 or www.NORMI.org or Best Training School 888.856.4803 or www.BestTrainingSchool.com to register for the one-day course. The Monmouth Library can be reached at 732-431-7500 x 7242. Go to www.NORMIProETF.org to contribute.

About NORMI
The National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors serves as a cooperative network of first responders in the war against indoor air quality and mold problems.
NORMI classes train and certify students in the process of assessment and screening for household mold and toxic mold, evaluating mold problems, the damage caused by mold and other air and water quality issues. This solution-based training offers suggestions to solve problems that have been identified by the assessor. NORMI has become the nation’s premier certifying agency for indoor air quality and mold professionals by providing the very best education, training, and support to enhance awareness of problems and solutions that benefit public health.

Distributing The Resources New Jersey Needs For The Rebuilding Process

Monday, April 29th, 2013

What New Jersey Residents Need To Know About The Christie Administration’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan

The Christie Administration has received approval from the Obama Administration to move forward with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Action Plan. This plan outlines how we will utilize the first phase of the emergency supplemental passed by Congress in January. The first $1,829,520,000 in CDBG funds provided to New Jersey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will focus primarily on helping homeowners, renters, businesses and communities impacted by Super Storm Sandy.

What To Know About Where And How:

  • · The Action Plan incorporates input from HUD, as well as Sandy-impacted communities and stakeholder groups whose engagement will continue throughout the State’s recovery, rebuilding and restoration process.

 

  • · CDBG Disaster Recovery funds are intended to address unmet needs not satisfied by private insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, or other sources.

 

  • · The Christie Administration will dedicate over 55 percent of funding for low-to-moderate-income households.

Next Steps For New Jersey Homeowners, Renters And Small Business Owners:

  • · Visit www.sandyhelp.nj.gov to choose either housing or business assistance and fill out notification forms to receive real time updates on programs and next steps. This web site will feature fact sheets with basic information about the programs and steps to prepare for submitting an application for assistance.

 

  • · There are also two hotline numbers available: for housing assistance, call 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946); for business assistance, call 1-855-SANDYBZ (1-855-726-3929).

Helping New Jersey Homeowners and Protecting Shore Communities:

  • · Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation And Mitigation (RREM) Program: This $600 million program will provide eligible homeowners up to $150,000 to aid reconstruction, rehabilitation, elevation and mitigation of damaged homes.

 

  • · Housing Resettlement Program: This program is aimed at Sandy-impacted homeowners who sustained storm damage and who are considering selling or abandoning their property. Funded at $180 million, this program will

 

provide $10,000 grants to eligible homeowners to remain part of the fabric of their communities as they continue the recovery process.

Helping New Jersey’s Working And Low Income Families:

Governor Christie is committed to helping low-to-moderate income families as well as vulnerable populations recover from Sandy. The Christie Administration is proposing a range of rental housing activities designed to replenish rental housing stock lost to Sandy, rehabilitate affordable rental units left uninhabitable by Sandy, and provide affordable housing for special needs populations.

  • · Restoration Of Multi-Family Housing: $179.52 million will be utilized to provide zero and low-interest loans of up to $120,000 per unit to qualified developers and public housing authorities to facilitate the creation of new permanent housing units. A significant portion of the fund will be used to assist in the development of new permanent, supportive housing for individuals with special needs.

 

  • · The Sandy Special Needs Housing Fund (SSNHF): $25 million will be provided for the creation of quality, permanent supportive housing which will expand housing options for individuals with special needs severely impacted by Super Storm Sandy.

 

  • · Fund For Rehabilitation Of Small Rental Properties: Through an allocation of $70 million, the Christie Administration will provide zero-interest, forgivable loans of up to $50,000 per unit to eligible owners of rental buildings with 25 or fewer units that received significant damage from Super Storm Sandy and are partially or completely uninhabitable.

 

  • · Predevelopment Fund For Affordable Rental Housing: Provide financing of up to $500,000 to help nonprofit housing developers cover the predevelopment costs of properties that are unsafe, underutilized, or in foreclosure. Projects must help to revitalize communities by facilitating the acquisition, clearance, and preparation of difficult to develop sites. Allocation for the program will be $10 million.

 

  • · Affordable Housing Incentives: Through $40 million in funding, this program will provide incentive payments to eligible rental property owners who agree to lease their units to low and moderate income households at affordable rents.

Supporting Economic Recovery and Revitalization:

Economic recovery and revitalization is also a top priority of the Action Plan to restore communities and promote job growth. Businesses in the 113 municipalities most impacted by Super Storm Sandy incurred commercial property losses in excess of $380 million and business interruption losses in excess of $63 million. To help New Jersey businesses, the Christie Administration is setting aside $460 million in funding for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to administer the following activities:

  • · Small Business Grants: Eligible small businesses that sustained physical damage will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000. These grants can be used for rehabilitation, new construction, equipment, inventory, mitigation, refinancing and working capital among other uses.

 

  • · No-Interest Loans For Storm-Impacted Small Businesses: These loans, up to $5 million, are intended to assist small businesses that suffered physical damage, as well as spur economic revitalization by providing funding for expansion and new businesses in storm-impacted areas.

 

  • · Neighborhood And Community Revitalization Programs: Provides funding to help communities with public facility improvements such as streetscapes, lighting, and sidewalks; businesses assistance initiatives such as micro-loans for storm-related damage and loan guarantees for loan loss reserves; and façade and code-related improvements.

 

  • · Tourism Marketing Campaign: This marketing campaign will promote storm-impacted businesses and shore communities by letting the nation know that New Jersey is recovering and that communities are open for business.

 

The campaign funded at $25 million would also encourage New Jerseyans and tourists to shop local, thereby supporting companies that are operational.

It is estimated the Action Plan’s rental development and rehabilitation programs will create 3,000 jobs and $500 million in economic activity.

Providing Real Assistance To Local Governments And Property Taxpayers:

While the housing and economic sectors are the central focus of this first allocation of CDBG Disaster Recovery funding, the Christie Administration is also going to help local governments provide essential services. Since there were unanticipated expenses caused by the storm that are not reimbursed by FEMA, the Action Plan proposes to allocate $116 million in funds as follows:

  • · FEMA Match For Public Assistance Program: An allocation of $50 million will be used to provide critical funding support to eligible applicants such as state agencies and local governmental entities by helping to subsidize the required match for FEMA Public Assistance projects. This will ensure that governmental entities have sufficient resources to continue providing essential services without resorting to tax increases or other measures that may cause further hardship and distress in Sandy-impacted communities.

 

  • · Protecting Essential Services For Short-Term Sustainability And Long-Term Recovery: $60 million will be used to close gaps in funding in FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan Program so that local government entities such as counties, municipalities, authorities, fire districts, and school districts can continue to pay essential personnel in critically important service areas including police and fire services, education, and public works.

 

· Code Enforcement Grant Program: $6 million in funding will supplement local code enforcement offices with additional personnel, provide an online plan review and permitting process, and enhance the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ continuing education curriculum for code officials to include training in flood hazard mitigation practices and other storm-related code issues