Warren County was added on Saturday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s list of counties covered under an Ida-related emergency management declaration – but according to Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey State Police Acting Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that any more declarations are on their way.
“It’s unlikely, I would say, but we still are doing those assessments to see if we hit either public assistance or individual assistance thresholds like we just did in Warren County,” Callahan said at the governor’s twice-a-week Covid briefing. “Ongoing, but I think the likelihood of additional counties is getting less and less as the days go on.”
Murphy was slightly more optimistic, saying that the recent relatively late decision in Warren County signals that FEMA is still considering more declarations.
“I don’t think the book is shut yet,” he said. “More time on the clock lessens the likelihood, but we got Warren a couple of days ago, so that was a very good step in the right direction.”
Shortly after Hurricane Ida, six counties – Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset – were granted major disaster declarations, which gives residents access to additional federal aid. Essex, Hudson, Mercer, and Union Counties received declarations soon afterwards on September 10, and Morris County one day later.
All declarations are for both individual and public assistance except for in Warren County, which only received a declaration for individual assistance.