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  • NJ S2538
  • Requires Office of Emergency Management to establish county storm preparedness funding program.*
Introduced
(9/15/2016)
In Committee
(3/20/2017)
Crossed Over
(2/13/2017)
Passed
(3/23/2017)
Signed
(5/8/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to establish a county storm preparedness program to protect the public from the dangers and losses attributable to damage commonly incurred during hurricanes, nor'easters, and other severe weather events. Under the provisions of the bill, the OEM, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is required to conduct every two years a risk assessment of each county's vulnerability to infrastructure damage caused by severe weather conditions. The bill sets forth criteria to be considered in conducting the assessment, which include: (1) the number of times that all or a portion of a county has been declared a federal disaster area due to a storm or flood occurring in the prior 10 years; (2) the amount of property damage incurred within a county as a result of storms or floods occurring in the prior 10 years that caused all or a portion of the county to be declared a federal disaster area; (3) the number of times that all or a portion of a county has been declared an agricultural disaster area by the United States Secretary of Agriculture due to a storm or flood occurring in the prior 10 years, and the amount of damage incurred and acreage affected thereby; (4) the estimated total assessed value of all real property in a county; (5) the estimated number of persons in a county residing in a flood hazard area, as defined pursuant to the "Flood Hazard Area Control Act"; (6) the number of times in the prior 10 years that at least 1,000 households and businesses in a county have lost electric power for at least two days due to a storm or flood event; (7) the number of permits issued by the DEP pursuant to the "Flood Hazard Area Control Act," the waterfront development law, and the "Coastal Area Facility Review Act," in a county in the prior five years; (8) the estimated number of persons in a county residing within 150 feet of the mean high water line of any tidal waters; (9) the mileage of coastal shoreline in a county; (10) the mileage of streams at least 10 feet wide that have flooded their banks in a county in the prior five years; and (11) any other factors or parameters determined by the OEM, in consultation with the DEP, to be useful and appropriate. The bill authorizes the director of the OEM, subject to available State appropriations, federal grants, and any other funds that become available, to annually provide funding to the county offices of emergency management in amounts proportionate to each county's risk assessment as determined by the director. The bill specifies that the funds are to be used exclusively for emergency preparedness purposes, including, but not limited to, the purchase or modernization of emergency management facilities, emergency equipment, flood mitigation services, or emergency management vehicles. Additionally, the bill requires that the results of the biennial risk assessment be incorporated into the State Emergency Operations Plan.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.63.  (on 5/8/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/8/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.63.
3/23/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (74-0-0)
3/23/2017 A Substituted for A4204 (1R)
3/20/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral)
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral*)
2/15/2017 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/13/2017 S Passed by the Senate (38-0)
1/23/2017 S Senate Amendment (28-0) (Sweeney)
1/23/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/12/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 1/12/2017 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
9/15/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 0 6
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4204 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 0
Detail 2/13/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 1/23/2017 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 1/23/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 28 0 12
Detail 1/12/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0