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The NJ Resiliency Network was formed to provide and coordinate assistance to post-Sandy municipalities in New Jersey.  While federal and state monies (e.g. FEMA, HUD) helped allay the cost of major infrastructure improvements and housing repair, other significant recovery and resiliency needs remained to be addressed.  Non-profit, private and academic institutions quickly came to the scene to offer technical assistance and services.However, many of these “resource providers” were unable to determine which communities needed assistance, and what kind of help they needed.   Similarly, municipalities did not know where to find resources to address their needs.

​In early 2013, several agencies and organizations began to inventory the non-profit resources being provided to communities, including the American Planning Association – NJ Chapter, FEMA (Community Planning and Capacity Building), Sustainable Jersey and NJ Future. Later that year, the NJ Resiliency Network was formed to provide a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to community recovery and resiliency. The Network is facilitated by Sustainable Jersey, a non-profit organization at The College of New Jersey, who partners with “resource providers” and matches their tools and services with community needs. The NJ Resiliency Network receives funding  from the NJ Recovery Fund and the Surdna Foundation.

The Network links communities with resources in the following ways:

On the Ground

The Network's Resiliency Managers are charged with assisting municipalities in matching their needs to the appropriate resources. Based upon community needs, the Managers may provide direct assistance with small, targeted projects, or, connect the community with a resource provider that can provide the desired services.

Online

A central database of financial and technical resources for communities. Though some of the resources within this database are already available to the public, they are either difficult to locate or not publicized. This database is easy to navigate, and continue to be updated as resources are made available.

With Experts

The Network Advisory Board was created to respond to real time, on-the-ground community issues and respond with recommendations for new research, tools and programs. The Board monitors the progress of community recovery through community forums and idea exchanges, where local officials and other stakeholders can present their issues and concerns. The Advisory Board has the knowledge and expertise to generate best practices for recovery and resiliency in the form of new local, state and national policies and practices.

For more information visit:http://www.njresiliency.com/

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