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March 29, 2013
NEW YORK – To assist families who are still struggling to locate housing after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today they will reinstitute the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), a unique rental assistance program that provides temporary rental payments directly to landlords to help families displaced by disasters. DHAP-Sandy will help families find intermediate housing as they rebuild their lives.
March 28, 2013
NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $806 million in Public Assistance grants to reimburse state, tribal and local governments and eligible private nonprofits for costs relating to emergency response, debris removal and repairing or rebuilding damaged public facilities.
March 27, 2013
NEW YORK – Sandy survivors need to watch out for people trying to take advantage of their most vulnerable moment. There are a few simple steps survivors can take to protect against fraud and ensure they’re dealing with honest people. When receiving offers for state or federal aid Identity thieves are always looking for ways to find their next targets, and some are using offers of state or federal aid to steal personal information from disaster survivors. It is important to know that:
March 27, 2013
NEW YORK – At the request of the State of New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a 15-day extension for Hurricane Sandy survivors to apply for disaster assistance. Survivors now have until April 13 to register with FEMA and to return their disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
March 26, 2013
Dani Sadorf, 22, earned a liberal arts degree from the University of Washington and may someday teach aerial dance. Arriving in November, she worked on the AmeriCorps team in New York helping survivors clean up after Hurricane Sandy. Far from her San Diego home, she was undaunted by the task at hand. Here, she recounts her experience.
March 25, 2013
NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking nominations for participants in the Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council. The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council. Another benefit is completing a youth preparedness project of their choosing. Council members have a chance to learn about youth disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA and other national organizations dedicated to youth preparedness.
March 22, 2013
NEW YORK — Disaster assistance to New York survivors of Hurricane Sandy:
March 21, 2013
NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 21-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels. The new checkout date for those in the TSA program is April 14, 2013. FEMA is calling applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the new checkout date.
March 20, 2013
Starbuck Ballner’s parents were fans of Battlestar Gallactica, which featured a character named Starbuck. He’s a 26-year-old Operations and Administrative Coordinator for the volunteer group NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster. Nechama is the Hebrew word for comfort. Starbuck’s teams have been in New York and New Jersey mucking, hauling, deconstructing and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. He started in disaster recovery with AmeriCorps and All Hands Volunteers before becoming a volunteer organizer for his current group.
March 19, 2013
Three months ago, if someone had told me I’d spend my first job out of college being interviewed by a Russian news channel in Manhattan, I’d probably think they were confusing me with somebody else. But now, as a local hire supporting Hurricane Sandy recovery in New York, I’m fully engaged with media and spreading information about disaster assistance.