Partners with U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Assess Statewide Resiliency of Fuel Distribution and Supply
“Equipping fuel stations with back-up power on key transportation routes improves our ability in an emergency to safely direct residents out of harm’s way,” New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes said. ”Generator readiness is a sound hazard mitigation strategy that aids emergency management officials in both response and recovery efforts.”
Under the grant parameters, eligible fuel stations are required to serve both diesel and gasoline, except in very limited instances where a station does not sell diesel but is the only available retail fuel outlet within a quarter mile of an identified evacuation route. In addition, a limited number of gas stations with less than a 30,000 gallon capacity are eligible for $15,000 in grant funding as they were also the only stations available on an identified evacuation route.
Eligible fuel stations identified on and near evacuation routes will be provided with program details and grant applications. A full listing and statewide map of eligible stations and the targeted routes is available on the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website at www.ready.nj.gov.
The State continues to collaborate with liquid fuel suppliers and distributors to explore ways to harden critical infrastructure, and ensure optimal communication and coordination in times of disaster. As part of this collaboration, New Jersey’s OHSP recently applied for, and was selected by, the federal DHS to conduct the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) on the State’s petroleum transportation and distribution system. New Jersey is one of ten Fiscal Year 2014 RRAP project sites to be approved by DHS.
“Distribution and transportation of petroleum before, during and after an emergency event are essential components of our preparedness planning, “OHSP Director Edward Dickson said. “By working in coordination with federal, state and local agencies as well as our private sector partners through the RRAP framework, we will gain a better understanding of the steps necessary to build a more resilient petroleum sector infrastructure.”
The RRAP will incorporate lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy to further examine the dependencies and interdependencies on critical infrastructure supporting New Jersey’s petroleum distribution system. DHS will provide the State and private sector the results and findings from the comprehensive assessment, including resiliency opportunities and options for enhancing disaster preparedness.
Ensuring the availability of liquid fuels in the event of an emergency is another step in the Christie Administration’s comprehensive strategy to enhance the state’s energy resiliency.
In addition to the generator incentive program for retail fuel stations, the State is acquiring and will maintain a strategic cache of emergency generators that can be deployed through state emergency responders during a major power outage to critical assets such as shelters, hospitals, public safety facilities, and retail fuel stations. The generator cache will be stored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation at strategically located facilities to help cover north, central and south response needs.
Other energy resilience initiatives being pursued by the State include: an energy allocation program, which will provide 146 municipalities, counties, and other government entities with funding and technical assistance to pursue innovative technologies that will enhance energy resilience for critical assets; and the State’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories to design “NJ TransitGrid,” a first of its kind transportation microgrid capable of providing highly reliable power in the event the larger electrical grid fails .
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