PERTH AMBOY - Federal officials have announced new standards for businesses and homeowners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke Thursday in front of an electrical substation in Kearny that was shut down by flooding last fall.

They announced that homeowners and businesses rebuilding with Sandy recovery dollars must either elevate their structure one foot above existing FEMA standards or otherwise flood-proof appliances such as boilers.

The decision aligns the federal government with Gov. Chris Christie's recent adoption of the same height standard, which was put in place to help Sandy victims rebuild.