President Obama declares emergency for New Jersey

    President Obama on Saturday declared an emergency for the State of New Jersey, making federal aid available to the state as Hurricane Irene makes its way closer to the area.

    The declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of helping residents impacted by Hurricane Irene.

    According to FEMA the emergency protective measures include direct federal assistance, which will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

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