National Disaster Resilience Competition
On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the winners of its National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). The competition aims to provide funding for resilient housing and infrastructure projects to states and communities that were impacted by major disasters between 2011 and 2013.
The State of New Jersey was one of thirteen competitors to win NDRC grant funds, and was allocated $15 million dollars in HUD funding.
Resiliency Project Overview
New Jersey’s numerous estuarine and riverine communities experience significant flooding and storm surge events from hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor’easters. These events repeatedly affect homes, businesses, communities, and the environment. The costs of addressing the damage and of mitigating future impacts are substantial. For example, a preliminary estimate of repair and mitigation needs after Hurricane Sandy exceeded $35 billion, including over $25 billion in infrastructure.
The State will create a Regional Resiliency Planning Grant Program that will help regions and communities that experience significant flooding to undergo a comprehensive planning process to identify and address vulnerabilities due to increased flooding risk, and for work with university partners to develop a toolkit of best practices for communities to assess their flooding risks and develop resilience building codes and plans.
- Regional Resiliency Planning Grant Program – Funding to regions to undergo a comprehensive planning process to identify and address vulnerabilities to increased flood risk, protection of environmental resources, and promotion of sustainable/smart growth development.
- Resiliency Toolkit – Lessons learned from the resiliency planning grant program will be synthesized into a toolkit to assist communities across the state and nation that face similar challenges, facilitating replicability of the State’s NDR project and the multi-sector approach to assessing resilience investment.
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