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Six months after Sandy, New York communities in recovery

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Timeline, milestones in response and recovery, before-and-after photos and videos plus data on disaster assistance, debris removal and other aspects of disaster operations.

Hurricane Sandy: A Timeline

Federal Assistance to Survivors

Hurricane Sandy Debris Graphic

Housing Inspections & Individual Assistance Amounts Approved

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

Disaster Recovery Centers for Hurricane Sandy

Distribution of Supplies to Disaster Survivors

Public Assistance Projects Approved and Federal Share Obligated

USACE Unwatering Stations

Limited English Proficiency Flyer Distribution by Language

Sandy facts

  • Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy strikes with a storm surge weather experts in New York had never seen before
  • 49 lives lost
  • 454 homes destroyed
  • 27,000 homes damaged
  • 6 million cubic yards of debris left behind
  • 2.1 million New Yorkers without power
  • 1 million meals and 1 million liters of water prepositioned
  • 290 FEMA personnel deployed to New York in advance of Sandy

The first 48 hours

  • 1,200 FEMA specialists on the ground in New York
  • Seven mobile disaster recovery centers open
  • 350 ambulances deployed from around the country to New York
  • 11 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and U.S. Public Health Service officers arrive
  • Oct. 31, 2012, the first FEMA Individual Assistance grants approved for $1.7 million
  • U.S. Department of Transportation authorizes $10 million for repairs to roads, bridges and tunnels

Response milestones at six months

  • More than $6.6 billion total federal  assistance

Individual Assistance

  • More than $959 million approved for individuals and households including:
    • Nearly $822 million for housing assistance
    • More than $137 million for other needs, including clothing, household items, disaster-related damage to a vehicle, and disaster-related medical and dental expenses
  • 271,377 people contacted FEMA for help or information
  • 183,753 housing inspections completed
  • 65 disaster recovery centers opened
  • 181,252 visits to disaster recovery centers
  • 5,933 individuals and families housed temporarily in hotel rooms under the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program
  • 5,519 survivors received Disaster Unemployment Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • More than $1.4 billion in SBA disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and businesses

National Flood Insurance Program

  • $3.4 billion in flood insurance payments made to policyholders

Public Assistance

  • More than $848 million approved in FEMA Public Assistance grants to communities and some nonprofit organizations that serve the public
  • More than $114 million Public Assistance reimbursement to NYU Medical Center (largest single PA project to date)
  • 1,754 requests for Public Assistance received
  • Nearly 760 projects approved so far
  • More than 21,000 families able to remain in their homes while repairs made because of  the Sheltering & Temporary Essential Power (STEP) and the New York City Rapid Repair programs

A whole community response

  • 500 voluntary agencies involved in recovery
  • More than 3.2 million meals and 2.4 million liters of water distributed
  • 26 languages used to communicate assistance information to survivors
  • More than 1 million multilingual flyers distributed
  • Nearly 5.7 million cubic yards of debris removed
  • At peak, more than 4,150 deployed to New York by FEMA and other federal agencies
  • 42 federal agencies assisted FEMA during Hurricane Sandy in New York
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drained 149.7 million gallons of water from the New York City metro area, equivalent to 227 Olympic-sized swimming pools
  • The Corps supplied 211 generators that produced power equivalent to meeting the requirements for 50,000 single family homes
  • Approximately 1.1 million pounds of food provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • The Defense Logistics Agency delivered 2.3 million gallons of fuel to distribution points in New York and New Jersey
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assigned navigation response vessels to survey the Port of New York for navigation hazards
  • Detailed timeline

Before-and-after videos

  • Breezy Point

Breezy Point, NY – Many homes in Breezy Point were lost to flooding, strong winds and the blaze that swept the Queens neighborhood during Hurricane Sandy. The resilient community is on its way to recovery.

  • Subways and tunnels

New York, NY – Subways and tunnels were severely affected by the storm. The Army Corps of Engineers pumped 270 million gallons from subways and tunnels in two weeks.

  • Debris removal

New York, NY – Nearly 5.7 million cubic yards of debris from Sandy has been removed by local, state agencies, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Before-and-after photos

Debris from the houses lost to fires as a result of Hurricane Sandy has been cleared.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removed the remnants of a house blocking the right of way on Kissam Avenue


Before and after of the Sands Atlantic Beach Club which replaced more than 130 cabanas lost to Hurricane Sandy


Before and after of Bracco's restaurant which is completing an outside seating area


Before and after of debris removal and beach remediation in Long Beach NY


Before and After of a home which was elevated in Long Beach, NY


Before and after of a staging area used for debris removal in Rockaway, NY


Before and after of debris removal in Long Beach, NY


Before and After of a boardwalk being repaired in Rockaway, NY which


Before and after of destroyed homes in the Belle Harbor NY


 Before and after of Floyd Bennett Field as a staging area in Brooklyn, NY



Last Updated: 
05/02/2013 - 14:08
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