Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, announced today that Manville, Readington Twp., Rocky Hill and South Brunswick are receiving grants totaling $460,000 from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that will support energy projects that will help them deal with the extended loss of power such as they experienced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“Disasters like Superstorm Sandy and the flooding of the Raritan-Millstone River Basin have made it clear that reliable energy sources are of the utmost importance in times of disaster,” said Bateman. “Power failures during emergencies hinder rescue operations and place already vulnerable residents at even greater risk. This funding will provide crucial assistance in strengthening critical energy infrastructures against future storms.”
The grants are being administered by the state and are a part of $25 million in federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds allocated across New Jersey. The purpose of the program is to support energy resilience projects that make communities better prepared for future storms and disasters. The funds can be used to support a broad range of technologies that will allow critical facilities to operate even if the power grid fails.
“After dealing with the aftermath of a superstorm, tropical storm and hurricane over the past two years, there is sensitivity for how vital it is to restore power as quickly as possible if a grid goes down and to have a backup plan that can be put into action quickly,” said Ciattarelli. “We’ve learned that teamwork and communication are integral during crisis situations. These grants will enable towns to share their knowledge and expertise and develop a best practices approach that can be utilized when we encounter a catastrophic and extended outage.”
“Sharing ideas and developing a strategy that assists in quickly restoring lost power or provide alternatives to keep critical infrastructure operating until the main power supply returns for residents is vital,” said Simon. “These funds will help towns collaborate on developing an action plan that can be put into place efficiently and effectively when a power grid fails. Partnering with local, county and state agencies must be a continued effort and these grants will be instrumental in the type of crisis that our communities faced during acute storms like Sandy or the chronic Raritan-Millstone River Basin flooding.”
Manville will receive a grant of $80,000; Readington is allocated $247,080; Rocky Hill’s grant is $90,000 and South Brunswick will receive $43,500.