The following message was sent on behalf of the Deputy Administrator.
[Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012]
As you know, a strong Nor’easter brought rain, snow, and strong winds to areas already devastated by Hurricane Sandy. With over 600,000 customers still without power, and temperatures as low as 20 degrees, many survivors whose homes were damaged by Sandy are now facing freezing conditions. In response to the drop in temperature, many of the states impacted by Sandy have opened warming shelters for survivors. There are over 400 such shelters throughout Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia.
And despite the snow and bitter cold, a truly dedicated team of community relations staff delivered over 3000 blankets in Brooklyn yesterday.
With the mass number of homes that were destroyed or severely damaged due to Hurricane Sandy, the mission to house tens of thousands of survivors is well underway. FEMA has registered over 324,000 applicants. Our National Processing Service Centers have received over 132,000 calls, while 173,140 survivors have registered in DisasterAssistance.Gov and 18,931 have registered via our mobile app. In addition, over 1,500 survivors have been checked into the transitional sheltering assistance program which provides funding for survivors to stay in hotels and motels.
State-led Disaster Housing Task Forces have been established in each of the impacted states, with representatives from the state, city, local governments, voluntary agencies, and federal partners including the Department of Housing and Urban Development and FEMA. These task forces involve a collaborative approach to addressing the temporary housing and long-term needs of the disaster survivors, including the collection of available rental resources, projecting housing needs and exploring contingency options. Both Deb Ingram, Associate Administrator for Recovery, and Alex Amparo, Deputy Associate Administrator for Recovery will be actively involved in the oversight of the initiative.
Again, thank you for all of the hard work and long hours you are putting in to support the survivors of Sandy.