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Author: Lars Anderson
Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, FEMA has been working hard to make sure disaster survivors receive the information and help they need to apply for disaster assistance with us and our partners, as well as other organizations that provide assistance.One of the ways we’re reaching out to survivors is through our Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). At these centers, disaster survivors can meet one-on-one with officials from voluntary and non-profit agencies, local communities, and state and federal agencies such as FEMA and the Small Business Administration.  Personnel staffing the DRCs...
Posted On: November 12, 2012
Author: Michael Byrne
With so many New Yorkers facing the overwhelming and exhausting task of cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, a group of former veterans known as Team Rubicon have become very popular. And rightly so.“We were exhausted after the first few days,” said Rockaway homeowner Barbara Millet, “but they just showed up. My mother-in-law calls them angels.”Founded by two former Marines following the Haitian earthquake in 2010, members of Team Rubicon use skills acquired in the military to assist people affected by disasters.  In the past 10 days, the team has deployed hundreds of volunteers to the...
Posted On: November 11, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
FEMA is one part of a large team that is working together to support New Jersey and New York in meeting the housing needs of survivors of Hurricane Sandy.As we begin to focus on longer-term recovery from the storm, the affected states are taking the lead to identify their local needs and resources by convening State-led Disaster Housing Task Forces.  The State-led Disaster Housing Task Forces in New York and New Jersey involve a collaborative approach to addressing the temporary housing and long-term needs of the disaster survivors, including the collection of available rental...
Posted On: November 10, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
When you are faced with devastating losses we know that asking for assistance is never an easy thing to do, and we try our very best to make the process as easy as possible.  And from time-to-time through this process, we get questions about what your options might be if you receive a letter from FEMA denying your request for disaster assistance. So we want to make sure that you have the best information to help you receive the assistance you need.If you receive a letter from FEMA stating you are not eligible for assistance, it does not necessarily mean your case is closed. Your letter...
Posted On: November 9, 2012
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(Editor's note: the 800 number was changed to reflect the correct number 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-621-3362)In response to Hurricane Sandy, the President has approved major disaster declarations in several states throughout the mid-Atlantic, making federal aid available to supplement state and local recovery efforts.  In some states, such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the President authorized the Individual Assistance program, which can provide funding to help eligible individuals and families in their own personal recovery processes. Disaster survivors in these states and...
Posted On: November 8, 2012
Author: Secretary Hilda Solis
Editor's note: This was originally posted on the U.S. Dept. of Labor Blog.No television image or news report can prepare you for this.Families without power—unable to shower or wash their clothes for days—huddled together in churches serving as “warming centers” to provide refuge from the stinging cold outside…Secretary Solis toured a hard hit area of Queens where flood waters and sand took their toll on the neighborhood.Mounds of displaced sand plowed two stories high in residential neighborhoods, so homeowners could finally get through their front door to survey the damage inside…Mothers...
Posted On: November 6, 2012
Author: Craig Fugate
One week ago today, millions of Americans from North Carolina to Maine braced for Hurricane Sandy.  That evening for over 12 hours, hurricane and tropical storm force winds, storm surge, and flooding impacted 12 states, with over eight million people losing power. Transportation systems in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC came to a halt, and more than 12,000 commercial flights were grounded.  And for the first time since 1888, the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two consecutive days because of a natural disaster.Days before the storm stuck, at the direction...
Posted On: November 5, 2012
Author: Elizabeth Zimmerman
As FEMA and our federal partners continue to work with states to recover from Hurricane Sandy, an increasing number of residents whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed by the storm have been displaced from their homes and are seeking sheltering alternatives. FEMA is working directly with states, which lead housing efforts, to identify solutions to meet the needs of survivors.States and non-governmental organizations like the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, including The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Southern Baptist Convention, are working to ensure...
Posted On: November 5, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Editor's Note: This post was updated on Monday, November 5, 2012.Today, Administrator Fugate traveled to New York to meet with state and local officials and survey the ongoing response and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. Administrator Fugate started the day at a Unified Command Meeting with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, county executives, and other state and local leaders to reiterate that FEMA and the entire federal family are committed to bringing all the needed resources to support New York in its...
Posted On: November 4, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As many people across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, members of the entire emergency management team, including the federal, state, tribal, and local governments, the faith based and non-profit communities, and the public, are working tirelessly to support those across the impacted area.  As of this morning, more than 122,000 people have registered for disaster assistance and more than $107 million in assistance has already been approved.  Here’s a breakdown of disaster assistance by state:New York: over  69,000 registered; more than $...
Posted On: November 3, 2012

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