Assembly Republican Press Release -
Emergency shelters and food banks will be eligible for zero-interest loans to purchase generators for use in a state of emergency under legislation Assembly Republicans Donna Simon and Jack Ciattarelli, both R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, sponsor. The bill, A-276, was released today by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee.
“It is imperative that shelters and food banks have the ability to operate despite the loss of power,” said Simon. “They provide vital services to people without a place to stay or access to food during an emergency situation. The opportunity to buy generators without paying interest is a huge benefit to these organizations with limited budgets and the people who depend on their services.”
Under the bill, the two-year pilot program will grant loans up to $25,000, which must be paid back within 10 years. It will be administered by the Office of Emergency Management.
“One of the lessons learned from the catastrophic weather events over the last several years is the importance of maintaining key elements of our infrastructure,” said Ciattarelli. “Having a backup plan that maintains the supply of electricity to critical services is essential. Emergency shelters and food banks operate on shoestring budgets. Purchasing a backup generator is sound contingency planning and allows this vital assistance to continue without interruption.”