Hurricane Sandy: Timeline

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This is the archived Hurricane Sandy Timeline page and is available for historical reference. This page is not actively updated. The purpose of this page was to provide an overview of federal activities to support states, tribes, families and communities and its intended audience is anyone interested in Sandy response and recovery activities.

On the evening of October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey, with impacts felt across more than a dozen states. The storm battered the East Coast, particularly the densely-populated New York and New Jersey coasts, with heavy rain, strong winds, and record storm surges. During Sandy’s immediate aftermath, more than 23,000 people sought refuge in temporary shelters, and more than 8.5 million customers lost power. The storm flooded numerous roads and tunnels, blocked transportation corridors, and deposited extensive debris along the coastline.

One year later, more than $1.4 billion in Individual Assistance has been provided to more than 182,000 survivors, and an additional $2.4 billion in low-interest disaster loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration. More than $7.9 billion in National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) payments have been made to policy holders, and FEMA has approved more than $3.2 billion to fund emergency work, debris removal, and repair and replacement of infrastructure.

The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities to support states, tribes, families and communities (through November 18, 2013). Additional updates on the federal family recovery efforts can be found at www.fema.gov/sandy.

 

Monday, October 22

  • NOAA National Weather Service issued public advisories throughout the day to inform that Tropical Depression 18 had officially become Tropical Storm Sandy with maximum sustained winds of near 40 miles per hour.

Tuesday, October 23

  • The NOAA National Weather Service issued advisories indicating that a Tropical Storm watch would be potentially required for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys beginning that evening.

Wednesday, October 24

  • FEMA and its federal partners, through FEMA's regional office in Atlanta, Ga., monitored Hurricane Sandy, the eighteenth named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. At 5:00 AM EST, the NOAA National Weather Service issued Tropical Storm watches  for the east coast of Florida from Jupiter Inlet south and west to Flamingo, including Florida Bay; and for the Florida Upper Keys from Ocean Reef southward to Craig Key.

Thursday, October 25

  • FEMA, through its regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, closely monitored Hurricane Sandy located in the eastern Caribbean Sea with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, and remained in close coordination with state emergency management partners in Florida and the potentially affected southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England states. 
  • FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino held a video teleconference call to discuss the latest developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies and regional representatives to assess their needs and readiness. 
  • American Red Cross encouraged New Yorkers to take simple steps  to be prepared. New Yorkers were encouraged to download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices to have real time hurricane safety information at their fingertips. The app can be used to receive weather alerts and get information on Red Cross shelters. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch "I'm Safe" button lets individuals use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are well.
  • As of 8:00 am, Tropical Storm watches and warnings issued by the NOAA National Weather Service remained in effect in southeast Florida.  Tropical Storm warnings were in effect for Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach, and for Lake Okeechobee, Florida; and Tropical Storm watches were in effect for the Florida east coast from north of Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach; from the Florida Upper Keys from Ocean Reef southward to Craig Key; and Florida Bay.

Friday, October 26

  • FEMA and its federal partners, through our regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, closely monitored Hurricane Sandy and remained in close contact with state emergency management partners in potentially affected states along the East Coast.
  • The FEMA National Watch Center in Washington, D.C. elevated to an enhanced watch to proactively support any potential needs or requests from potentially-affected states. 
  • FEMA deployed Incident Management Assistance Teams to Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont to assist states with coordination and proactively deployed liaison officers to emergency operation centers in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. 
  • As of 8:00 am, Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings issued by the NOAA National Weather Service were in effect in southeast Florida; and a Tropical Storm Watch was issued for coastal areas in South Carolina and portions of the North Carolina coast.  Tropical Storm Warnings were in effect in Florida from Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach and for Lake Okeechobee, Florida.  Tropical Storm Watches were in effect for the Florida east coast from north of Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach; for the Florida Upper Keys from Ocean Reef southward to Craig Key; and for Florida Bay. Tropical Storm Watches were in effect for coastal areas in South Carolina and parts of North Carolina from the Savannah River (which delineates the border of Georgia and South Carolina) northward to Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, including Pamlico Sound.
President Barack Obama Receives an Update on Hurricane Sandy Response

Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2012 -- President Barack Obama has a phone call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, regarding Hurricane Sandy, in the Oval Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
© (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Obama was briefed by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan on updates to Hurricane Sandy and federal actions to prepare for the storm as it continued to move toward the United States mainland. The President directed Administrator Fugate to ensure that all available federal resources were being brought to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the eastern seaboard as they prepared for the severe weather.
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction Director Dr. Louis Uccellini, and NOAA's National Hurricane Center Branch Chief, James Franklin conducted a media briefing to update on Hurricane Sandy's potential impacts and provide an overview of federal efforts underway to support state and local partners as they prepared for the storm.
  • FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino held a video teleconference call to discuss developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies and regional representatives to assess needs and readiness. 
  • NOAA's National Weather Service Acting Director Laura Furgione, FEMA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Response James Kish conducted a congressional briefing hosted by the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee on Hurricane Sandy's expected storm track, as well as current and potential future impacts from the storm. 
  • FEMA Regional Administrators and other senior officials contacted their state counterparts throughout the potentially-impacted areas in order to ensure coordination for any emergency response.
  • U.S. Northern Command deployed Regional Defense Coordinating Officers (DCO), and portions of the Defense Coordinating Element (DCE), in advance of the storm, to validate, plan and coordinate Department of Defense (DOD) support of FEMA's response operations and to facilitate DOD support of life-saving and response operations.
  • U.S. Coast Guard urged mariners to heed warnings ahead of Hurricane Sandy and urged individuals and boaters to anticipate bridge closures stay off the water, evacuate as necessary, secure belongings, be cautious of hazardous materials, stay clear of beaches and stay informed.  Also, the U.S. Coast Guard issued advisories to be aware of rip currents from Hurricane Sandy and closings for the Ports of Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.  In addition, USCG set port condition Whiskey for Hampton Roads and the Port of Baltimore and a modified port condition Whiskey for Wilmington, Morehead City.
  • Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) was designated the Federal Sector-Specific agency directing Emergency Support Function 12 (ESF-12) activities for the Energy Sector under the National Response Framework. In the event of an emergency, OE maintains teams of responders that specialize in energy infrastructure. These responders can be quickly activated and deployed to the location of an event. During an event, OE staff coordinates with deployed personnel, other Department offices, and Federal and State and local agencies in responding to the emergency. 
  • U.S. Geological Service (USGS) measured the height and intensity of the storm surge, and monitored water levels of inland rivers and streams, providing critical information used to forecast floods.  In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, USGS had ready its Streamgaging Network, deployed additional storm surge sensors on the Atlantic Coast, continued to monitor coastal change and tracked river levels in real time.
  • U.S. National Guard positioned more than 61,000 National Guard personnel along the eastern seaboard.  The National Guards in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia coordinated with authorities in preparation for Hurricane Sandy's landfall.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) monitored Hurricane Sandy, took steps to prepare and protect FAA facilities and equipment in the projected path of the storm, including control towers, radars and navigational aids. The FAA Air Traffic System Command Center maintains constant communications with the airlines, the military, business aviation and airports and prepared to advise the FAA about flight schedules and plans to evacuate aircrafts from affected areas.

Saturday, October 27

  • FEMA and its federal partners, through the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) in Washington, D.C. and regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, monitored Hurricane Sandy and remained in close contact with state emergency management partners in potentially affected states along the East Coast.
  • The NOAA National Weather Service issued advisories indicating Tropical Storm conditions were expected to continue in the warning area along the east coast of Florida today.
  • President Obama was briefed by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan on Hurricane Sandy and ongoing federal actions to prepare for the storm. The President directed Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the Eastern seaboard as they prepare for severe weather.
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate reached out to the governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and the mayors of New York and Washington, D.C., to make sure the governors' and mayors' teams had the support they need in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Deputy Administrator Richard Serino held a video teleconference call to discuss the latest developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies and regional representatives to assess their needs and readiness.
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, NOAA National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Richard Knabb, National Weather Service Deputy Director Steven Cooper and American Red Cross Senior Vice President of Disaster Operations Charley Shimanski conducted congressional briefings for Members of Congress and staffers on updates to the storm track, current posture of federal resources and activities going forward in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2012 -- FEMA's National Response Coordination Center is activated in preparation for Hurricane Sandy's landfall.

Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2012 -- FEMA's National Response Coordination Center is activated in preparation for Hurricane Sandy's landfall.

  • FEMA activated the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), a multi-agency center based at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The NRCC provides overall coordination of the federal response by bringing together federal departments and agencies to assist in the preparations for and response to disasters. Select emergency support functions are activated to support state operations. 
  • FEMA liaison officers deployed at emergency operation centers in the Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continued close coordination with FEMA, in support of state and local officials responsible for working with utilities as they prepare for storms, and deployed emergency response personnel to FEMA Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and positioned additional personnel on standby to assist.  DOE worked with states and local partners as the electric industry began the process of pre-mobilizing storm and field personnel to assist in power restoration efforts. 
  • National Guards in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia continued to coordinate with state authorities.
  • U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Regional Emergency Coordinators deployed to regional offices in Boston and Philadelphia to serve as public health and medical services liaisons for FEMA incident management assistance teams. These teams embed with state emergency operations centers during disaster response. Medical teams from ASPR's National Disaster Medical Response teams and applied public health teams from the U.S. Public Health Service were placed on alert to support state health agencies and local health care facilities. Federal medical stations and caches of medical equipment and supplies were poised to travel to affected states quickly after the storm. 
  • American Red Cross continued a multi-state response to help the millions of people in the path of the storm. The American Red Cross chapters mobilized hundreds of disaster workers, readied shelters and continued to coordinate response efforts with community partners. Red Cross workers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware finalized preparations. Relief supplies like cots, blankets, ready to eat meals and snacks were moved into place to support sheltering efforts.
  • In Delaware and Maryland and other coastal states, the Red Cross coordinated with the Southern Baptist Convention to serve meals in shelters. In West Virginia, the Red Cross prepared for significant snowfall and coordinated response planning with state and county emergency management agencies.

Sunday, October 28

  • President Obama signed emergency declarations  for Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland,  Massachusetts, New Jersey  and New York due to Hurricane Sandy, making available federal support to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety.  These declarations allow FEMA to provide resources directly to state, tribal and local government engaged in life-saving and sustaining activities.
Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2012 -- President Barack Obama greets employees while touring FEMA's National Response Coordination Center following a briefing with federal agency partners on preparations for Hurricane Sandy. FEMA/Aaron Skolnik

Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2012 -- President Barack Obama greets employees while touring FEMA's National Response Coordination Center following a briefing with federal agency partners on preparations for Hurricane Sandy. FEMA/Aaron Skolnik

  • President Obama visited the FEMA National Response Coordination Center to participate in a briefing with federal partners, FEMA Regional Directors, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Richard Reed and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, on ongoing federal actions to prepare for the storm as it continues to move toward the Eastern Seaboard. 
  • President Obama joined a call with Governors and Mayors from potentially impacted areas to receive an update on preparedness efforts underway in those areas. On that call the President was joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Richard Reed, Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, City of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, City of Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
  • FEMA's Regional Administrators, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Richard Knabb, National Weather Service Deputy Director Steven Cooper and American Red Cross Vice President of Disaster Operations Trevor Riggen conducted congressional briefings for members of Congress and staff.
  • FEMA External Affairs Private Sector Division held the first National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) daily call with its private sector partners. The call included representation from potentially affected FEMA regional offices, DHS Infrastructure Protection, and DHS Private Sector Office and provided an update on preparations for the storm. The call provided a forum for the private sector members to share plans and raise any challenges that are expected.
  • More than 1,032 FEMA personnel were positioned deployed along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support.

  • FEMA's Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and teams were in place or en route to Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania to support the states with secure and non-secure voice, video, and information services, operations, and logistics support to state response operations, and with any requests for assistance.
  • Department of Energy (DOE) deployed emergency response personnel to FEMA Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and placed additional personnel on standby to assist.  The Department also issued the first Hurricane Sandy Situation Report detailing the storm's impacts and the restoration activities being undertaken by the energy sector.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) urged business owners to take steps to prepare businesses for the storm and use the SBA preparedness checklist at www.sba.gov/prepare.
  • In addition two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) staged at Frederick, MD the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and FEMA staged two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) at Frederick, MD.
  • DHS Office of the Infrastructure and Protection Protective Security Advisors coordinated with their respective state Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), other state agencies, and critical infrastructure owners and operators for preparatory actions or any unmet needs in advance of the storm. Chemical inspectors coordinated with regulated chemical facilities for preparatory actions or unmet needs in advance of the storm and the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) and the Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC) continued to monitor the storm, focusing on potential impacts to critical infrastructure.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) mobilized Planning and Response Teams (PRTs) and other resources to support temporary power generator requirements. Multiple assets were put on alert including teams for debris management, temporary roofing, commodities Distribution, and temporary housing.
  • U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) contacted all tribes in the forecasted impact area. Parks and refuges along the storm's path activated hurricane plans, alerted response teams and activated employee accountability plans. 
  • The USGS issued landslide alerts for several areas.  USGS units deployed storm surge sensors and stream gages.  
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) deployed more than 100 AmeriCorps members to assist with shelter operations and other preparation activities in response to Hurricane Sandy. Of these, 30 AmeriCorps members were deployed to assist shelter operations and mass care under the authority of the New Jersey State Administration, and more than 70 supported American Red Cross shelters in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. More than 290 FEMA Corps members were prepositioned across eight states to support FEMA Emergency Response Operations. An additional 145 FEMA Corp members were placed on stand-by for possible deployment post-landfall.
  • American Red Cross continued to prepare to open and support more shelters as the storm moved northward.  More than 100 Red Cross emergency vehicles were mobilized to distribute meals and relief supplies after the storm. Thousands of meals and relief supplies such as cots and blankets were also sent into the region.  To find a shelter, individuals were instructed to  download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.

Monday, October 29

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 29, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, stand ready for the tidal surge that is still hours away. These homes were elevated to FEMA standards following the 1991 storm. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 29, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, stand ready for the tidal surge that is still hours away. These homes were elevated to FEMA standards following the 1991 storm. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

  • President Obama signed a pre-disaster emergency declaration for the Delaware, the State of Rhode Island, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania due to Hurricane Sandy making available federal support to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety in all counties.  These emergency declarations specifically authorized FEMA to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. 
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Weather Service Deputy Director Steven Cooper and FEMA's Special Advisor for National Tribal Affairs and National Tribal Assistance Coordination Group (TAC-G) hosted a conference call to discuss Sandy's impact, receive updates from Tribes, and share initial reports from TAC-G partners regarding future planning.

  • FEMA activated its National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) in support of Hurricane Sandy to provide private sector members from retail, transportation, food and groceries, building management, and other industries with daily briefings from FEMA, DHS, USNORTHCOM, and key Emergency Support Function representatives.
  • FEMA positioned more than 1,500 FEMA personnel along the East Coast to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support.  In addition, 28 teams comprised of 294 FEMA Corps members were pre-staged to support Sandy.
  • Three federal urban search and rescue task forces were positioned in the Mid-Atlantic.  An additional four federal search and rescue task forces in the Mid-west were placed on alert.

  • To date, 14 Incident Management Assistance Teams and 12 liaison officers were positioned in potentially affected states along the East Coast. 
  • FEMA deployed Disability Integration Specialists as advisors and members of Incident Management Assistance Teams in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia.  Additionally, the HQ Office of Disability Integration and Coordination team continued to staff the Disability Integration and Coordination Desk in the National Response Coordination Center, and in Regional Response Coordination Centers in Boston, New York and Pennsylvania to share information with disability community leaders and identify potential needs in the affected states.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ensured inspectors were in place at all nuclear power plants that could potentially experience impacts from the storm. The NRC inspectors provided around the clock coverage at the following plants:  Oyster Creek, in Lacey Township, N.J.; Salem and Hope Creek, in Hancocks Bridge, N.J.; Calvert Cliffs, in Lusby, Md.; Limerick, in Limerick Township, Pa.; Peach Bottom, in Delta, Pa.; Three Mile Island, in Middletown, Pa.; Susquehanna, in Salem Township, Pa.; Indian Point, in Buchanan, N.Y.; and Millstone, in Waterford, Conn. 
  • National Guard Bureau positioned more than 1,900 personnel on duty in states along the projected path of the storm.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) mobilized Temporary Emergency Power resources to be pre-staged at Incident Support Bases. These resources consisted of planning and response teams, the 249th Prime Power battalion with technical expertise to assess critical facility generator requirements and private sector contract support to install and operate generators.
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Hurricane Sandy Situation Report was posted and made available to the public.
  • At the request of the state, more than 139 ambulances were positioned in New York, and an additional 211 ambulances were deployed to New York.  More than 160 U.S. Department of Health and Human services personnel were deployed as part of the state and federal efforts.  Two 50-people Disaster Medical Assistance Team deployed to provide triage and basic care in two general population shelters in New Jersey. An additional Disaster Medical Assistance Team was pre-staged in the mid-Atlantic, prepared to deploy quickly along the East Coast if needed.
  • In preparation for the storm, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) placed inspectors in all nuclear power plants that would potentially experience impacts from the storm. Inspectors independently verify that plant operators are making the proper preparations and taking actions to ensure plant safety before, during and after the storm. Out of an abundance of caution, three reactors were shutdown during the storm while another plant, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, was closely monitored due to high water levels in its water intake structure.
  • The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) remained in close communication with its East Coast state VOAD members to coordinate on a regional, multi-state level.
  • U.S. Department of Education reopened the Race to the Top-District competition to extend the deadline for submitting applications due to the fact that Hurricane Sandy prevented many applicants from submitting their Race to the Top - District applications by the October 30, 2012 deadline and closed Federal Government offices in Washington D.C., on October 29 and 30, 2012.  For local educational agencies located in States affected by Hurricane Sandy and for which the President has issued a major disaster declaration or an emergency declaration, the new deadline is 4:30 p.m. Washington D.C., time on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Tuesday, October 30

Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, left, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, center, participate in a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters on October 30, 2012. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA Photo

Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, left, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, center, participate in a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters on October 30, 2012. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA Photo

  • President Obama declared major disasters for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm.  Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey could begin applying for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).   Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  Those in affected areas with access to the internet may register by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

  • At the direction of the President, FEMA established a National Power Restoration Taskforce to cut through the red tape, increase federal, state, tribal, local and private sector coordination and restore power and fuel to people as quickly as possible. Led by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, this working group includes representatives from private sector utilities and includes government representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives from local law enforcement, among others.
  • U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta directed the Department of Defense to provide any available disaster response resources requested by FEMA.  U.S. Northern Command Regional Defense Coordinating Officers (DCO), and portions of the Defense Coordinating Element (DCE), deployed in advance of the storm, remained on the ground to validate, plan and coordinate potential Department of Defense (DOD) support of FEMA's response operations and to facilitate DOD support of life-saving and response operations. 
  • More than 7,400 National Guard forces were placed on duty to support the governors of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maryland.  These forces provide assistance to local first responders and FEMA with critical tasks such and assistance at evacuation  shelters, route clearance, search and rescue and delivery of essential equipment and supplies.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) mobilized Temporary Emergency Power resources to provide support to areas affected by Sandy. Other planning response teams remained on alert for debris management, infrastructure assessment, temporary roofing, water and un-watering planning. Additional Temporary Power Teams were also placed on alert status.
  • U.S. Coast Guard positioned teams along the East Coast to conduct search and rescue missions, respond to and mitigate threats to public health and the environment, and continued to assess and advise status of ports along the East Coast.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) coordinated with FEMA and affected states to identify housing providers who may have available housing units, including public housing agencies and multi-family owners.  HUD also sped federal disaster assistance to New York and New Jersey to provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes in the most heavily impacted areas to include foreclosure protection. 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture regional Food and Nutrition Service leadership worked with state commissioners and program administrators in the affected area to meet food needs for emergency shelters and feeding sites and to assist with Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requests. 
  • U.S. Postal Service provided updates for voters in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy as well as other customers on postal facility operation changes due to the storm on the Mail Service Updates page on the Postal Service website.
     
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) maintained heightened watch over nuclear plants impacted by Sandy.  Three reactors were shut down during storm and Oyster Creek plant remained in alert. The three reactors to experience trips, or shutdowns, during the storm included Nine Mile Point 1 in Scriba, N.Y., Indian Point 3 in Buchanan, N.Y.; and Salem Unit 1 in Hancocks Bridge, N.J.  

Wednesday, October 31

Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, blue shirt, speaks at a cabinet meeting held by President Barack Obama at FEMA headquarters to discuss ongoing operations in response to Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, blue shirt, speaks at a cabinet meeting held by President Barack Obama at FEMA headquarters to discuss ongoing operations in response to Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

  • President Obama visited FEMA's National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. to participate in a briefing with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as well as National Security Advisor John Brennan, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and many other senior government officials. Vice President Biden and USNORTHCOM Commander General Jacoby joined the briefing by video-teleconference. The President directed the federal family to continue to bring all necessary federal resources to bear without delay as we continue to lean forward to support states, tribes, and communities in their response.
     
  • President Obama, Governor Chris Christie and FEMA Administrator Fugate toured the storm damaged New Jersey coast, met with disaster survivors and first-responders, and received briefings from state and local officials on response efforts.
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano reached out to the governors of Kentucky, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania; the mayors of Philadelphia; Cleveland; and Charleston, W.V.; and members of the Connecticut, Delaware and New York congressional delegations to make sure their teams had the support they need as they continued to respond to and recover from Hurricane Sandy.  Secretary Napolitano also held a call with law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Sheriffs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association to discuss collaborative efforts to facilitate power restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration issued a disaster declaration for the counties of Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribal Nation located within New London in Connecticut, making them eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties were deemed eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland, and Windham in Connecticut; Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester in New York; Kent and Washington in Rhode Island.  Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. 
  • U.S. Small Business Administration issued a disaster declaration for the counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union in New Jersey, making them eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties were deemed eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Somerset in New Jersey; and New York County in New York.  Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.  Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration issued a disaster declaration for the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk in New York, making them eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties were deemed eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Westchester in New York and Bergen and Hudson in New Jersey. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.  Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.
  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared a public health emergency for New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The action enabled the Secretary to ensure that beneficiaries of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, continued to receive services as the New York communities respond and recover from this emergency.  More than 500 HHS personnel deployed to provide assistance in response to state requests.  Nine Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, a team of U.S. Public Health Service officers, and caches of medical supplies began to provide care in shelters in the New York City area. Additional teams and Federal Medical Stations were deployed to New York at the state's request to support medical needs in New York City.   An Incident Response Coordination Team was on the ground to ensure federal public health and medical teams have what they need.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sped federal disaster assistance to Connecticut to provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes in the most heavily impacted areas to include foreclosure protection. 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) urged farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Sandy to keep thorough records of all losses, including livestock death losses, as well as expenses for such things as feed purchases and extraordinary costs because of lost supplies and or increased transportation costs.
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service granted taxpayers and tax preparers affected by Hurricane Sandy until November 7 to file returns and accompanying payments.  The relief applies to taxpayers and tax preparers in an area affected by Hurricane Sandy or otherwise impacted by the storm.  This relief primarily applies to businesses whose payroll and excise tax returns and payments are normally due today. No action is required by the taxpayer; this relief is automatic. Regular federal tax deposits are due according to current rules. However, the IRS notes that if taxpayers or tax practitioners receive a penalty notice for this period, they can contact the IRS at the number on the notice to request penalty abatement due to reasonable cause on account of the storm.  In addition, the IRS issued guidance on how to reconstruct your tax records.

Thursday, November 1

  • President Obama conducted phone calls with state and local officials responding to Hurricane Sandy in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York and received updated information on progress of the response, resources and unmet needs.

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano traveled to Connecticut and New York to meet with state and local officials, first responders, and volunteers, and survey ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. Secretary Napolitano reiterated the ongoing support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FEMA and the rest of the federal family as local communities continued to respond to and recover from the storm. In Bridgeport, Conn., Secretary Napolitano met with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Senators Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Representatives Christopher Murphy, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and John Larson, and other state and local officials, and toured areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and the disaster recovery center. Secretary Napolitano then traveled to New York where she visited the Governor Hugh Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
  • FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino traveled to New Jersey to meet with state and local officials, first responders, disaster survivors' and to view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy.
Queens, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2012 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) team members moved through Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY, after Hurricane Sandy. The CR members talked with disaster survivors about FEMA assistance and assessed the situation on the ground. Photo by Walt Jennings/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2012 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) team members moved through Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY, after Hurricane Sandy. The CR members talked with disaster survivors about FEMA assistance and assessed the situation on the ground. Photo by Walt Jennings/FEMA

  • More than 36,000 disaster survivors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had applied for federal disaster assistance, and more than $3.4 million in Individual Assistance was approved.  This assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano activated the Surge Capacity Force to support federal efforts with response and recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey.  The Surge Capacity Force, established by the Post Katrina Emergency Reform Act, is an employee force comprised of employees from throughout the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies that can deploy to support disaster operations.
  • U.S. Department of Defense West Coast Air Force supported Sandy response operations by assigning aircrafts and personnel, and transporting equipment and supplies for power restoration efforts, including 69 vehicles belonging to the Southern California Edison utility company. 
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) fully staffed air and sea ports in the affected areas to receive passengers and cargo as they return to operation.  CBP processed 170 expected international flights with approximately 35,000 passengers at JFK, and 99 expected international flights with approximately 15,000 passengers at Newark International Airport.
  • NOAA Aircraft Operations Center deployed aircraft to take high resolution photographs of affected areas to assist emergency responders.
  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared a public health emergency for New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The action enabled the Secretary to ensure that beneficiaries of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, continued to receive services as the New Jersey communities respond and recover from this emergency.  HHS agencies worked with state agencies and regional networks to respond to the public health, medical and human services needs of impacted communities. A 50-person Disaster Medical Assistance Team from Tennessee provided care for residents in a shelter in Monmouth County, N.J.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional Food and Nutrition Service leadership worked with state commissioners and program administrators in the affected area to meet food needs for emergency shelters and feeding sites and to assist with Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requests.  USDA Rural Utilities Service staff worked with members of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA) to determine how to efficiently meet requests for assistance.  Additionally, 38 water system professionals (Circuit Riders) funded by USDA, helped rural communities assess water system outages and damages, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided emergency watershed protection funds to 10 affected states.  The Food and Nutrition Service reached out to state partners to offer food assistance. USDA staff also monitored facilities to ensure the safety of the food supply, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) worked to protect producers from the spread of insect pests during debris removal.  APHIS also worked with partners to provide care to companion animals.
  • U.S. Department of Interior bureaus mobilized incident management teams to assess natural resource and infrastructure damage at national parks, wildlife refuges, Indian reservations and other DOI facilities in impacted areas. More than 300 personnel were deployed in this effort.  The National Park Service also mobilized 44 boats and crews to support DOI search and rescue efforts. The U.S. Geological Survey continued to collect storm surge and tidal flow gages and assess coastal impacts and erosion.
  • American Red Cross responded across a large portion of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast by helping people with safe shelter and food and water. More than 9,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states.  Red Cross mobilized 1,700 disaster workers from all over the county who served more than 25,000 meals and snacks to date.  Red Cross also activated 167 response vehicles and shipped in more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals.

Friday, November 2

  • At the direction of President Obama, FEMA and its federal partners continued to support aggressive power restoration efforts. President Obama declared that Hurricane Sandy created a severe energy supply interruption and directed the Department of Energy to loan the Department of Defense ultra-low sulfur diesel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) can draw down stocks from the heating oil reserve terminal in Groton, Connecticut. The fuel, which will be distributed to state, local and federal responders in the New York/New Jersey area, will be used to provide additional supplies including fuel for emergency equipment and buildings, including electrical generators, water pumps, General Service Administration (GSA) buildings, trucks and other vehicles.
  • President Obama directed the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to purchase up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel fuel for distribution in areas impacted by the storm to supplement ongoing private sector efforts.  This purchase will be transported by tanker trucks and distributed throughout New York, New Jersey and other communities impacted by the storm.
Staten Island, N.Y., Nov. 2, 2012 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, greets Red Cross volunteers at a distribution point at Miller's Field. Other volunteer agencies are set up with relief supplies to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Nov. 2, 2012 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, greets Red Cross volunteers at a distribution point at Miller's Field. Other volunteer agencies are set up with relief supplies to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino and Red Cross President Gail McGovern traveled to Staten Island, N.Y. where they met with state and local officials, first responders and volunteers, and surveyed ongoing response and recovery efforts. Secretary Napolitano reiterated the ongoing support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FEMA, and the rest of the federal family as local communities continued to respond to and recover from the storm.
  • In support of power restoration efforts, the President approved a 100 percent cost share for ten days, starting October 31, for emergency work performed by state, tribal and local governments to restore emergency power and transportation assistance required to perform this emergency work, including direct federal assistance for New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut counties designated for Public Assistance. Other forms of Category B (emergency work) public assistance remain at a 75 percent cost share.
  • Secretary Napolitano issued a temporary, blanket waiver of the Jones Act to immediately allow additional oil tankers coming from the Gulf of Mexico to enter Northeastern ports in an effort to provide more fuel to the region.  The Coast Guard re-opened the port of New York to all tug and barge traffic carrying petroleum products.  This waiver will help ensure an adequate supply of fuels in the impacted states.
  • The President's Emergency Declaration for the State of West Virginia Emergency Declaration was amended to include the counties of Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, and Wyoming for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program. This allows FEMA to provide resources directly to state, tribal and local government engaged in life-saving and life-sustaining activities.

  • Federal and state personnel began conducting joint preliminary damage assessments in several states.  At the request of the respective states, assessments were scheduled for states including New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia. These assessments are designed to give the governor of each state a better picture of damages, and to determine if a request for further federal support is needed.
  • The Department of Defense (DOD) continued to coordinate with FEMA, U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau on providing lifesaving and life sustaining assets to FEMA and governors.  U.S. Northern Command Regional Defense Coordinating Officers (DCO), and portions of the Defense Coordinating Element (DCE) remained on the ground to validate, plan and coordinate potential DOD support of FEMA's response operations.
  • U.S. Coast Guard teams based in San Diego, Alameda, and Novato, Calif. deployed to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The San Diego-based Coast Guard Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team, and Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco each deployed a squad of law enforcement specialists to assist with port security and safety patrols. More than a dozen Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team members, who routinely deploy to assist with oil and hazardous chemical spills around the country, assisted Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and local responders with hazardous material removal.
  • U.S. Navy deployed three helicopter carrier ships to the coast off New York and New Jersey to help rescue operations.  The USS Wasp, USS Carter Hall, and USS Mesa Verde were ordered to head to the area to provide landing platforms for Coast Guard, National Guard and civilian agency helicopters if needed. 
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) received an un-watering mission assignment from FEMA to assist with response efforts in flooded areas.  The U.S. Army Corps deployed the 249th engineer battalion and other temporary emergency power assets to provide support to areas impacted by the storm.
  • U.S. Forest Service deployed more than 100 chainsaw crew teams to storm-affected states to assist with debris removal and road clearance for power personnel.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deployed more than 500 HHS personnel, including nine Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) from eight states and a team of U.S. Public Health Service officers providing care at medical shelters in the New York City area established two Federal Medical Stations to support these shelters. Two additional DMATs and four Federal Medical Stations were deployed to New York. One DMAT deployed to provide care to two New Jersey shelters.
  • Department of Energy (DOE) continued to work closely with FEMA, and in support of state, tribal, and local officials as the electric industry engages in power restoration efforts.  Daily Situation Reports detailing the storm's impacts and the restoration activities by the energy sector are available at www.doe.gov.    
  • American Red Cross responded across a large portion of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast by helping people with safe shelter and food and water. On Tuesday night, more than 9,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states.  Red Cross mobilized 1,700 disaster workers from all over the county who served more than 25,000 meals and snacks so far.  Red Cross also activated 167 response vehicles and shipped in more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals.
  • FEMA's National Business Emergency Operations Center remained activated.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hydrometerological Prediction Center continued to track the remnants of Sandy and provides regular forecast updates. NOAA Navigation Response crews commenced waterway surveys in the affected areas.
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service announced tax relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting in late October. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Feb. 1, 2013 to file these returns and pay any taxes due. This includes the fourth quarter individual estimated tax payment, normally due Jan. 15, 2013. It also includes payroll and excise tax returns and accompanying payments for the third and fourth quarters, normally due on Oct. 31, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013 respectively. It also applies to tax-exempt organizations required to file Form 990 series returns with an original or extended deadline falling during this period.  The IRS will abate any interest, late-payment or late-filing penalty that would otherwise apply. The IRS automatically provides this relief to any taxpayer located in the disaster area. Taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief.  IRS also announced qualified disaster treatment of payments to victims of Hurricane Sandy making disaster assistance benefits received by individuals' tax free.
  • Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers staffed shelters and coordinated efforts with community partners in affected and potentially affected states.  Relief supplies including cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals and snacks were in place to support sheltering efforts.

Saturday, November 3

  • At the direction of President Obama, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security continued to move assets as quickly as possible to respond to Hurricane Sandy, and ensured red tape did not stand in the way of providing state and local responders the federal resources they need. FEMA continued to work with state and local partners to make sure that all available resources were available to support ongoing response and recovery.
  • President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the state of Rhode Island due to Hurricane Sandy, making federal funding available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in the counties of Bristol, Newport, and Washington.  Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the expansion of the temporary, blanket waiver of the Jones Act, to facilitate the transportation of feedstocks, blending components, and additives used to produce fuels. With this announcement, Secretary Napolitano's action further expanded the waiver to additional ships to begin shipping petroleum products or other feedstocks, blending components, and additives used to produce fuels, from the Gulf of Mexico to Northeastern ports, increasing the access to fuel in the storm damaged region. 
  • Secretary Napolitano traveled to West Virginia and New York where she met with state and local officials, first responders and volunteers to discuss ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy.  In Charleston, W. Va., Secretary Napolitano visited the West Virginia Army National Guard Coonskin Armory, where she met with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Senator Joe Manchin, U.S. Representatives Nick Rahall and Shelley Moore Capito, and other state and local officials and received a briefing on response and recovery efforts.  Secretary Napolitano then traveled to Long Island, N.Y., where she toured storm damaged areas with Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King, and met with state and local officials, and first responders and emergency management teams to discuss coordination among federal, state and local partners on response and recovery efforts throughout the region. 
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate held daily video teleconference calls to discuss the latest developments with partner agencies and regional and state representatives and the National Weather Service to discuss the continuing federal mobilization and response to the storm.
  • The FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), a multi-agency center based at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., remained activated 24 hours a day.
  • Federal urban search and rescue teams continued to support state and local efforts for combined searches of more than 24,900 structures in New York and New Jersey. The teams also conducted more 1,000 health and wellness outreach checks and stabilized several hazardous materials situations.
Fairfield Beach, Conn., Nov. 3, 2012 --Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Relations Specialist John Kosciolek answers questions from homeowner Christine Cook who has several feet of sand blocking access to her home. FEMA teams are visiting areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, assessing needs and answering questions. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Fairfield Beach, Conn., Nov. 3, 2012 --Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Relations Specialist John Kosciolek answers questions from homeowner Christine Cook who has several feet of sand blocking access to her home. FEMA teams are visiting areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, assessing needs and answering questions. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

  • More than 3,700 FEMA personnel were mobilized along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support.  Included in this personnel total are:
    • More than 1,479 FEMA housing inspectors were on the ground with open work in the three declared states.  7, 625 home inspections were completed.
    • FEMA Corps teams deployed to New York and New Jersey. Twenty teams arrived in New York and twelve teams arrived in New Jersey.
    • Community relations teams were on the ground in the hardest hit areas of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness. 
    • 17 Incident Management Assistance Teams continued to support storm-affected states.
    • Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) and Mobile Communications Office Vehicles (MCOV) personnel and teams were located in storm-affected states to provide secure and non-secure voice, video, information services, operations and logistics support to response efforts in affected states. 
    • 10 Disability Integration Advisors (DIA) continued to advise emergency management personnel in six states. DIAs worked in the field to assist with identifying any survivors who may have disabilities or access and functional needs with unmet needs.  Deployed Disability Integration Advisors also provided information and resources related to Accessibility Kits in anticipation of opening Disaster Recovery Centers and Video Relay Interpreting services.
    • The Tribal Assistance Coordination Group (TAC-G) continued to hold daily conference calls to get an update on weather conditions and unmet needs from tribes in the storm-affected region.
  • More than 1.6 million liters of water and more than 2.1 million meals were transferred to states to supplement their existing inventory.   Incident Support Bases continued to be restocked in anticipation of additional requests for assistance from affected states.  In addition to the ISBs, five Federal Staging Areas were operating in New York.
  • An additional Incident Support Base, dedicated to temporary emergency power, continued to operate at Lakehurst Naval Air Station to serve as a staging area for generators from FEMA, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration (GSA) and other agencies throughout the country.  
  • Department of Energy continued to work with industry partners to ensure that the infrastructure to deliver petroleum is up and running to meet fuel demands.  Normal operations resumed at two major refineries in Delaware and New Jersey, and pipeline companies restored services to six pipelines servicing New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and north to Maine.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal gasoline requirements for gas sold and distributed in more than a dozen states. 
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continued to support temporary emergency power missions in New York and New Jersey with 319 generators staged and ready to install.  USACE power teams continued to assess power needs and installed 14 in hospital and nursing homes.  The Corps also deployed the 249th Engineer Battalion Technical Assistance personnel and other technical experts to support emergency temporary power.  The Corps of Engineers developed the technical plans to start pumping operations at the following sites: Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Jersey City PATH Train Tunnel, World Trade Center Site, South Ferry Station, Montague Tunnel, 14th Street Tunnel, and 53rd Street Tunnel.
  • To date, more than 139,000 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey registered for federal disaster assistance, and more than $120 million was approved in aid to individuals.  Disaster Recovery Centers continued to open in the hardest hit areas. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  Those in affected areas with access to the internet may register by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov
  • FEMA activated the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program in New York and New Jersey for eligible disaster survivors who have a continuing need for shelter because they are unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time. This initiative is intended to provide short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose communities are either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to disaster-related damages. For more information, disaster survivors should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. 
  • Twelve joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers opened in the hardest hit areas. Seven Disaster Recovery Centers were open in New York, two in New Jersey and three in Connecticut. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, visit FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov. You may also text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith Based and Community Partnerships held a conference call with leaders from more than 97 faith-based and community organizations located in the affected areas to provide information to stakeholders regarding the disaster response effort.  Subject matter experts in the areas of Mass Care and representatives from Voluntary Organizations and the American Red Cross responded to questions from faith based leaders.   The role of the Center is to maximize participation of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) and support the inclusiveness of the Whole Community during disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts.  Representatives from New Jersey Senate and Gubernatorial offices also participated in the call. 
  • American Red Cross and other organizations continued to operate 199 emergency shelters with more than 12,822 residents and approximately 398,500 meals and snacks served.  The Red Cross' fleet of more than 300 Emergency Response Vehicles was fully activated.

Sunday, November 4

  • The President convened a call with senior leadership including Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, and other members of his response team to receive the latest updates on ongoing efforts to support governors and local officials in impacted states, who continued to work to restore power and meet fuel challenges impacting communities across the affected region.
  • Secretary Napolitano met with state and local officials and reviewed ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.  As part of her visit, the Secretary traveled to Monmouth County and Hoboken, and met with local officials including Governor Chris Christie, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, U.S. Representatives Rush Holt, Frank Pallone and Albio Sires, and Mayors Paul Smith and Dawn Zimmer.
New York, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, left, speaks at a press conference with Governor Cuomo, right, and other elected officials at the Governor's office. The Governor gave an update on recovery operations for Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with state and local officials to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

New York, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, left, speaks at a press conference with Governor Cuomo, right, and other elected officials at the Governor's office. The Governor gave an update on recovery operations for Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with state and local officials to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate traveled to New York where he met with Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, County Executives, and other local officials, to discuss the ongoing response and recovery efforts as well as longer term challenges. Administrator Fugate then traveled to the New York Office of Emergency Management to meet with Joe Bruno, commissioner for the New York Office of Emergency Management. Later in the day, Administrator Fugate visited the communities of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point in Queens, NY, and met with FEMA staff working on-the-ground to register disaster survivors for financial assistance. The Administrator also visited voluntary organizations working hand in hand with state and local officials to assistance disaster survivors.
  • U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE) has installed 67 industrial generators and completed 243 assessments, in coordination with states, this week. USACE pumped water in 5 locations in and around New York City and completed pumping operations at 4 locations.
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) worked with federal partners and state and local governments to help alleviate the fuel shortages resulting from Hurricane Sandy. As part of this effort, the DOE established a toll free hotline at 1-866-402-3775 for gas station owners and managers to call for assistance in getting their operations back up and running. Information collected through the hotline will be coordinated with local and state authorities to assist their efforts in directing response resources like generators and fuel to affected gas stations.

  • U.S. Department of Transportation added New Jersey and Connecticut to the list of states to receive a quick release of emergency relief funds to help begin repairing the damage to roads, bridges, and tunnels for up to a total of $29 million.  This includes the $17 million in quick-release emergency relief funds made immediately available to New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.
  • U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as part of the administration's continued support for states and local partners impacted by Hurricane Sandy waived low-income housing tax credit rules that prohibit owners of low-income housing from providing housing to victims of Hurricane Sandy who do not qualify as low-income. The action will expand the availability of housing for disaster victims and their families. Because of the widespread devastation to housing caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Treasury Department and the IRS will temporarily suspend income limitation requirements and non-transient requirements for qualified low-income housing projects that provide housing to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continued to support response and recovery efforts by maintaining more than 850 public health and medical assistance personnel in New York and New Jersey.  At the request of the State of New Jersey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established a Federal Medical Station to serve as a medical shelter in Middlesex, New Jersey. This Federal Medical Station was one of seven deployed to the area to be available if needed in New Jersey or New York.
  • More than 182,000 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey registered for assistance, and more than $158 million was approved in FEMA Assistance. 
  • Disaster Recovery Centers continued to open in the hardest hit areas. Seven Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, two in New Jersey and three in Connecticut and more continued to open. Additional disaster recovery centers are being planned. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, check out the disaster recovery center locator at FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov.   
     
  • The first step to receiving assistance is registering with FEMA. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.  Those in affected areas with access to the internet may register by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.  FEMA is asking that those with ability to register online do so to keep phone lines open for those without connectivity and to share this information with friends and neighbors.

Monday, November 5

  • Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it is leading an Interstate Petroleum Transport Team to ensure the fastest and most efficient movement of fuel to the region devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The team will serve as a single point of contact for states, the trucking industry, and other agencies to assist in the removal of barriers to the quick delivery of fuel.  Since many of the necessary legal authorities reside at the state level, such as restrictions on truck size and weight and the authority to travel across state lines, the team will help coordinate state level activities within the region. The team has already launched a hotline number to help address any individual registration, certification, tax, or other barriers to the flow of fuel transportation to affected states.  For further information, DOT has set up a hotline at 1-800-832-5660.
  • Energy Department has established a team that is helping state and local officials identify gas stations that are in need of emergency generators to restore power or are running short on fuel supplies.  Department of Energy has created a new toll-free number that gas station owners and managers along the East Coast can now call if they need assistance from state and local officials in restoring power or securing supplies of gasoline. Station owners or operators can now call the Department of Energy's toll free hotline at 1-866-402-3775 to report their condition. The Defense Logistics Agency continued to provide much needed fuel to the region, which will be moved directly into the most impacted areas in close coordination with state and local partners.
  • Secretary of Energy Steven Chu traveled to New York and New Jersey, where he met with state and local leaders and industry officials to discuss ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy.  In Hoboken, NJ, Secretary Chu visited two electrical power substations, where he met with local leaders and industry officials to discuss efforts to restore power to homes and communities throughout the region. While there, he met with utility crews from Dayton, OH, who had come to Hoboken to assist in recovery efforts.  Secretary Chu also traveled to Staten Island to meet with Borough Officials to discuss energy restoration efforts there. Finally, Secretary Chu visited Long Island, N.Y., where he visited the Global Group Terminal in Inwood to discuss the ongoing effort to support local officials as they address fuel supply challenges. Secretary Chu reiterated the ongoing support of the Department of Energy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the rest of the federal family as local communities continued to respond to and recover from the storm.
  • The major disaster declaration for New Jersey was amended to add additional counties for Individual Assistance.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. The amendment means that individuals and business owners who sustained losses due to the storm in Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Salem, Sussex and Warren counties can now apply for federal disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  Those in affected areas with access to the internet may register by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano  announced, in the latest effort to cut through red tape, a new effort to enhance and expedite removal of debris in the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  The Interim Final Rule, issued under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, assists state, tribal and local governments with the response and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. Under the Interim Final Rule, the Department of Homeland Security is authorized to reimburse state and local governments who are Public Assistance applicants for the salaries and benefits of employees who are involved in debris and wreckage removal cleanup efforts for any major disaster or emergency declared by the President on or after Oct. 27, 2012, in response to Hurricane Sandy for up to 30 days.  To ensure that all requirements are met and safeguard against waste and fraud, FEMA has issued extensive guidance on oversight processes and procedures to monitor debris removal activities.  
  • To date, more than 234,000 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey registered for assistance, and more than $210 million was approved in FEMA Assistance.  Disaster Recovery Centers continued to open in the hardest hit areas. Twelve Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, two in New Jersey and three in Connecticut and more continued to open. Additional disaster recovery centers are being planned. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, check out the disaster recovery center locator at FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov.
  • 400 members of the DHS's Surge Capacity Force received training on FEMA programs and outreach strategies at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD  prior to being deployed to support federal and state efforts in New York and New Jersey.  The Surge Capacity Force, established by the Post Katrina Emergency Reform Act, is an employee force comprised of employees from throughout the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies that can deploy to support disaster operations.  The first wave of participants included personnel from agencies including Transportation Security Administration, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Department of Homeland Security Headquarters.

Tuesday, November 6

  • President Obama convened a call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and other senior members of his team to receive an update on federal efforts to support ongoing response and recovery efforts.  
  • Secretary Napolitano traveled today to Nassau County, N.Y., to meet with state and local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. Secretary Napolitano was joined by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Representatives Peter King and Steve Israel, and other state and local officials to tour South Seaford and the Nassau County Command Center.
  • FEMA has established a Housing Portal to assist individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live. The portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), private organizations, and the public, to help individuals and families find available rental units in their area. The housing portal is available at www.fema.gov/housingportal. FEMA is using geospatial imagery of the hardest areas, inaccessible to housing inspectors, to expedite financial assistance to qualifying registered survivors with two months of rental assistance.  FEMA will grant rental assistance instead of waiting for inspectors to make inaccessible determinations so survivors can seek temporary housing and inspectors can focus their attention on other disaster survivors until access can be gained to the inaccessible dwellings.
  • States and non-governmental organizations like the Southern Baptist Convention, the Salvation Army, and the American Red Cross continue provided services to Hurricane Sandy survivors.  The Southern Baptist Convention deployed 55 field kitchens to affected states with a capacity of 615,000 meals per day in support of the American Red Cross.  Additional resources deployed include childcare teams, shower units, laundry units, cleanup/muck-out teams, chainsaw crews, and emotional and spiritual care teams. The Salvation Army provided 213 feeding units with the capacity of 318,300 meals per day in support of the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross mobilized 1,700 disaster workers from all over the county who served more than 25,000 meals and snacks.  The American Red Cross activated 167 response vehicles and staged more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals.
  • To date, more than 277,700 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey registered for assistance, and more than $251 million has been approved in FEMA Assistance.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Disaster Recovery Centers continued to open in the hardest hit areas. Fifteen Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, seven in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut and more continued to open. Additional disaster recovery centers are being planned. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, check out the disaster recovery center locator at FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov.

Wednesday, November 7

  • To date, more than 303,900 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey registered for assistance, and more than $293 million was  approved in FEMA Assistance.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • FEMA amended the New Jersey major disaster declaration making federal funding available to affected individuals in all 21 counties of New Jersey. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.  Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all 21 counties in New Jersey.
  • FEMA increased by 125 percent the amount of rental assistance that it may provide to eligible disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.  The rental amount, based on existing HUD Fair Market Rates (FMR) for fiscal 2013 are rental cost estimates that include the cost of the shelter and all other tenant-paid utilities except telephone, cable, and internet services. HUD designs annual FMR levels to be high enough to allow for a wide selection of available units, yet low enough so that as many units as possible may be rented and provided to low-income families.  The approved FMR increase is expected to make an additional 1,800 rental resources available for temporary housing of disaster-impacted families in New York, and an additional 1,200 rental resources available for similar families in New Jersey. 
  • Families and individuals in the declared counties who are registered for federal disaster assistance and seeking rental resources can search through hundreds of listings on the FEMA Housing Portal at http://asd.fema.gov/inter/hportal/home.htm. The site is updated regularly but families are advised that properties listed in the Housing Portal are only potential housing options, and property owners should be contacted to verify the listed unit is still available.
  • U.S. Fire Administration has these safety tips: Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions.  If possible, avoid using candles and don't use your stove for heating.  For other heating sources like a wood burning stove, space heater or fire place, establish a 3 foot safety zone around all heat sources. Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.  Store fuels in proper containers and keep them out of the reach of children and away from combustible materials.
  • Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will close temporarily, as a precaution, due to the projected severe weather. Once the storm passes, DRCs will continue to open in the hardest hit areas to provide information to survivors. 15 Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, seven in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut and more continued to open.  Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, check out the disaster recovery center locator at www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, access the data by mobile phone at m.fema.gov or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • U.S. Small Business Administration opened Business Recovery Centers in New York and New Jersey.  For more information, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go to www.sba.gov
  • Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is working with FEMA and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to secure as many as 350 buses which will be used across New Jersey to help commuters connect to or reach Manhattan and the surrounding area.  The buses will be used to supplement NJ Transit commuter rail and PATH rail lines where service is not yet restored. Some of the buses are expected to be in place for Monday's commute and more will be added throughout the week.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deployed the 249th Engineer Battalion Technical Assistance personnel and other technical experts to support emergency temporary power.  The Army Corps also deployed technical assistance, senior leadership oversight and are working to identify and deploy additional pumps as priorities are established in coordination with the states. The Army Corps will provide technical assistance to local communities who are identifying areas where temporary home repairs, such as covering broken windows or holes in roofs, can help residents move back or stay in their home for shelter until more extensive repairs can be made.  National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) members including voluntary, non-profit and faith-based organizations also are working closely with the affected states and communities to assist with supporting with temporary roofing for disaster survivors.
  • More than 5,300 FEMA personnel are positioned along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support.  Included in this personnel total are:
    • More than 1,800 FEMA housing inspectors are on the ground with open work in the three declared states (1,092 in New York, 738 in New Jersey and 61 in Connecticut). As of yesterday afternoon 37,803, home inspections were completed.
    • 42 FEMA Corps teams deployed to New York and New Jersey.
    • Community relations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness. 
    • 17 Incident Management Assistance Teams deployed and remained to support storm-affected states.
    • Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) and Mobile Communications Office Vehicle (MCOV) personnel and teams are located in storm-affected states to provide secure and non-secure voice, video, information services, operations and logistics support to response efforts in affected states.
    • 11 Disability Integration Advisors advised emergency management in six states. DIAs work in the field to assist with identifying any survivors who may have disabilities or access and functional needs with unmet needs.  Deployed Disability Integration Advisors (DIA) continued to provide information and resources related to Accessibility Kits in anticipation of opening Disaster Recovery Centers and Video Relay Interpreting services.
    • In storm-affected areas, tribal leadership continued to make plans for recovery and coordinating with federal and non-governmental agencies for assistance. The Tribal Assistance Coordination Group (TAC-G) held a daily conference call to get an update on weather conditions and unmet needs from tribes in the storm-affected region.

Thursday, November 8

  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Red Cross Senior Vice President of Disaster Services Charley Shimanski held a conference call with media regarding Hurricane Sandy. The call provided an update on the coordination of response and recovery efforts, information for those impacted by the storm, and how the federal family is working with state, tribal, local and non-profit partners in response to the storm. Also, the call focused on additional efforts to support state and local partners responding to the coastal low pressure system impacting the region.
  • FEMA is taking registration information through its 24-hour call centers. More than 324,811 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey registered for housing and other needs assistance, and more than $327 million has been approved in federal assistance.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Individuals and business owners who sustained losses due to the storm in designated counties in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey can apply for federal disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  Those in affected areas with access to the internet may register by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov
  • FEMA opened 13 Disaster Recovery Centers in New York, 7 in New Jersey and 7 in Connecticut; 15 mobile DRCs are open and serving disaster survivors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
  • FEMA continued to approve assistance for Transitional Shelter Assistance (hotel/motel assistance), rental and home repair assistance, and financial assistance for other essential needs (such as disaster-related medical needs, replacement of lost clothing, furniture and other necessary items).
  • More than 5,000 FEMA personnel are positioned along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, communications and logistical support.  Included in this personnel total are more than 1,900 FEMA housing inspectors are on the ground with open work in the three declared states.
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continued to work to identify areas of greatest need for housing and available rental resources in impacted areas to assist families displaced by these storms find longer-term housing solutions.
  • U.A. Army Corps of Engineers continued to provide technical assistance to local communities that identify areas where temporary home repairs, such as covering broken windows or holes in roofs, can help residents move back or stay in their homes until more extensive repairs can be made.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continued to help individuals and businesses apply for low interest loans so that they can rebuild or repair their damaged homes and replace lost property
  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are waiving low-income housing tax credit rules that would prohibit owners of low-income housing from providing housing to survivors of Hurricane Sandy who do not qualify as low-income.  This means that there will be an increased availability of housing for disaster survivors and their families
  • The Emergency Declaration for the District of Columbia due to Hurricane Sandy was amended to include the District of Columbia for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.

Friday, November 9

  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate visited affected areas in New York City with U.S. Senator Schumer including the New York Medical Center. Administrator Fugate holds daily video teleconference calls to discuss the latest developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies and regional and state representatives to discuss the response to the storm.
  • As FEMA and its partners continued an aggressive power restoration effort, President Obama approved an extension to the 100 percent cost share for emergency work performed by state, tribal and local governments through November 14, 2012. The 100 percent funding was set originally to last ten days, starting October 31 and specifically applies to work executed to restore emergency power and emergency public transportation assistance, including direct federal assistance for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut counties designated for FEMA Public Assistance. Other forms of Category B (emergency work) public assistance remain at a 75 percent cost share. This 100 percent cost share covers activities such as the removal of debris necessary to access areas for power restoration operations, provide temporary emergency power generation through the use of megawatt generators, and to provide and operate pumps for dewatering operations for flooded critical infrastructure. This cost share extension only applies to work initiated within the last ten days. FEMA also continues to provide gasoline and diesel fuel, through Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the request of the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, at the standard 75 percent cost share. 
  • Affected states are taking the lead to identify their needs and resources by convening State-led Disaster Housing Task Forces.  The 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 resources, projecting housing needs and exploring other options.  The Task Force is comprised of the state, local, voluntary agencies, and federal partners including FEMA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Small Business Administration (SBA), Veterans Affairs and the US Department of Agriculture. Working together, the team will support the state as they establish housing priorities; seek ways to make the greatest use of existing housing resources, such as apartments and rental units; enlist voluntary agencies to make minor repairs so survivors can remain in their homes; and investigate other temporary housing options suitable for the area. 
  • To date, more than 343,000 disaster survivors from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey applied for federal disaster assistance, and more than $368 million in individual assistance has been approved.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Forty joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers were open in the hardest hit areas. Twenty one Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, twelve in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut and more continued to open. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, visit FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, access data by mobile phone at m.fema.gov or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • More than 5,800 FEMA personnel are positioned along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support.  Included in this personnel total are more than 1,975 FEMA housing inspectors are on the ground with open work in the three declared states (1,115 in New York, 800 in New Jersey and 60 in Connecticut). As of yesterday, 54,913 home inspections were completed.
  • American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations active in disasters continued to support more than 119 shelters across 3 states supporting more than 5,700 residents. 
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reiterated that businesses with physical damages or loss of revenue should visit a Business Recover Center and apply for a SBA disaster business loan. The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and most private non-profit organizations, to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered physical property damage. SBA is operating several Business Recovery Centers in New York and New Jersey. For more information, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go to www.sba.gov.
  • Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced special relief to support leave-based donation programs to aid survivors who have suffered from the extraordinary destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. Under the programs, employees may donate their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for employer cash payments made to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Also, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced an expedited review and approval process will be offered for organizations seeking tax-exempt status in order to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
  • U.S. Northern Command continued to support Hurricane Sandy relief operations in the affected area with deployment of nearly 4,000 personnel.
  • Air Force teams completed unwatering operations at Rockaway Waste Water Treatment facility, and East School in Long Beach, N.Y., and provided teams to support fire departments conducting unwatering operations in Breezy Point, N.Y. 
  • Army divers repaired the pier system at Caven Point, N.J., continued to assist the New York City Fire Department unwater the PATH Tunnel at the World Trade Center and unwater the Long Beach High School and Recreation Center. 
  • Navy dive detachments continued to support the World Trade Center site and Marine pump teams are assisting pumping operations at Breezy Point. Helicopters from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are transporting and re-locating generators in affected areas to support critical infrastructure.  Navy Seabees and Marine personnel restored the beach at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and continue supporting debris clearance operations at locations in Bayonne, N.J. and the Battery, N.Y.
  • More than 6,200 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 15 states are conducting fuel distribution, communications, security, sheltering, debris removal and transportation missions in support of recovery efforts.
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) continued to supply FEMA with emergency supplies, medical equipment, fuel and cold and wet weather clothing to help those working toward recovery after Hurricane Sandy. 
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has more than 3,000 employees from the North Atlantic Division with an additional 900 team members deployed from other USACE divisions across the Nation to support the response mission. Response teams are assisting with debris management, commodities distribution, infrastructure assessment, temporary roofing, critical public facilities, water planning, and temporary housing. USACE debris teams are in ports, waterways and coastal areas in NJ and NY clearing debris along the Atlantic seaboard.
  • U.S. Fleet Forces (Navy & Marine Corps) are assisting the Army Corps of Engineers in their power restoration, cleaning and dewatering efforts in NY and NJ.  
  • United State Postal Service (USPS) reminded customers who evacuated or relocated due to hurricane Sandy to submit a change of address, place mail on hold or request that mail be forwarded temporarily to their new location. For more information, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has distributed an initial $5.3 million to 11 states affected by Hurricane Sandy. NRCS provides this funding through its Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is allowing flexibility to New York City Public School District to serve all meals free through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the month of November. FNS has also approved New Jersey's request to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP- formerly Food Stamps) recipients residing in Atlantic County, Bergen County, Cape May County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Somerset County and Union County, all of which have received individual assistance declarations from FEMA, to be allowed to purchase hot foods and hot food products with SNAP benefits through the end of the month. 
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has deployed 1,008 national service members to 7 storm-affected states.  AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia are assisting with shelter operations, call centers, debris removal, and mass care. Approximately 435 members of FEMA Corps, an innovative partnership between FEMA and AmeriCorps, are working directly with disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deployed more than 1,100 personnel to provide public health and medical assistance to New York and New Jersey. Personnel include behavioral health professionals from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps supporting shelter operations. To date, nearly 60 officers from 3 mental health teams assisted approximately 700 residents and first responders a day, helping address basic mental health issues.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminded consumers to take precautions for storing water and ensuring the safety of their food and medical supplies for themselves, their families, and their pets during and after any hurricane-related rain, possible flooding and power outages. For food and drug safety messaging, visit the Food and Drug Administration hurricane safety checklist, available in English and Spanish (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm317232.htm).
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) mobilized resources to speed storm recovery on Federal and tribal lands in the impacted region and to support FEMA in its efforts to assist states and local governments in the disaster area. Nearly 700 DOI employees are conducting response and recovery missions; at least an equal number are committed to disaster recovery work in their home locations. More than 1,200 wild-land firefighters from all agencies, including about 260 wild-land firefighters from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park service are responding with fellow wild-land firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and State Forestry Divisions to support FEMA staging areas, assist in emergency operations centers, and provide crews to clear trees for emergency access and power crews. 
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is leading a Tribal Assistance Coordination Group, enhancing communications and coordination between Native American Tribes in the disaster area, other Federal agencies including FEMA, and non-profit relief organizations. 
  • National Park Service (NPS) deployed more than 300 incident management personnel, technical experts and work crews to assist almost 650 personnel at parks throughout the region in recovery operations.  Working with interagency partners, NPS has also established a debris transfer site at Jacob Riis Park in New York to support local clean-up activities and is providing feeding for emergency workers in the vicinity of its logistics base at Fort Wadsworth in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Saturday, November 10

  • The President approved an extension to the 100 percent cost share for emergency work performed by state, tribal and local governments through November 14, 2012. The 100 percent funding was set to last ten days, starting October 31 and applies specifically to work executed to restore emergency power and emergency public transportation assistance, including direct federal assistance for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut counties designated for FEMA Public Assistance. Other forms of Category B (emergency work) public assistance remain at a 75 percent cost share.
  • Four additional counties in New York were designated for Individual Assistance. Individuals and businesses in Ulster, Sullivan, Orange and Putnam counties were made eligible for assistance to help households and businesses recover. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Counties previously designated for individual assistance in New York include Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester.
  • More than 356,000 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey have registered for federal assistance, and more than $411 million has been approved in FEMA housing and other needs assistance. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Forty four joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers were open in the hardest hit areas. Twenty one Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 16 in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut and more continued to open. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
  • All of the 53 organizations that are members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters are actively involved in Sandy operations, with an estimated 17,000 volunteers providing support in some way.  As part of this effort, the American Red Cross has over 5,700 volunteers on the ground and has served over 3.7 million meals.  As the lead agency for the City Food Access Program, the Salvation Army continued to provide life sustaining measures for hundreds of first responders and survivors
  • Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been activated for both New Jersey and New York for those whose jobs were impacted by the hurricane in counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance.
  • More than 6,600 FEMA personnel are positioned along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, communications and logistical support.  Included in this personnel total are more than 1,987 FEMA housing inspectors are on the ground with open work in the three declared states. As of yesterday afternoon 54,913 home inspections were completed.432 FEMA Corps teams deployed to New York and New Jersey. Community relations teams continued to be on the ground in the hardest hit areas of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness. 
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued 248,094 disaster loan applications to residents and businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (196,822 home disaster loan applications, and 51,272 business disaster loan applications). 
  • An additional county in Rhode Island, Kent County, has been designated for Public Assistance. This makes federal assistance available in Kent County for state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
  • Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to loan an additional 4.2 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), to provide emergency loans to fuel distributors in Connecticut to address fuel shortages in the state.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continued to aggressively support a de-watering mission at the direction of FEMA. USACE teams are at critical areas in New Jersey and New York and pumping operations in 12 of the 14 critical locations identified by local officials has been completed.
  • More than than 6,200 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 11 states from the National Guard continued to food, water, and fuel distribution, communications, security, sheltering, debris removal and transportation missions in support of recovery efforts.  

Sunday, November 11

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano traveled to Staten Island, N.Y. to meet with state and local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. Secretary Napolitano also toured the Father Capodanno Disaster Recovery Center.
  • More than 369,000 individuals in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have registered for assistance, and more than $455 million has been approved in FEMA housing and other needs assistance. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Fifty five joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers were open in the hardest hit areas. Twenty six Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 22 in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut and more continued to open. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
  • More than 7,200 FEMA personnel are positioned along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, communications and logistical support.  Included in this personnel total are more than 2,000 FEMA housing inspectors are on the ground in the three declared states (1,109 in New York, 838 in New Jersey and 56 in Connecticut). As of yesterday afternoon 80,000 home inspections were completed in NY, NJ, and CT.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has more than 1,100 HHS personnel deployed to provide public health and medical assistance to New York and New Jersey. Personnel include disaster medical assistance teams (DMATs). DMATs are a group of professional medical personnel organized to provide rapid-response medical care. To read more about DMAT teams active in the Hurricane Sandy response visit: www.phe.gov/asprblog
  • More than 5,600 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 11 states from the National Guard continued to conduct food, water, and fuel distribution, communications, security, sheltering, debris removal and transportation missions in support of recovery efforts.
  • Civil Air Patrol is launching aircraft from states along the Northeast seaboard to photograph hurricane damage in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) mobilized more than 970 DOI employees conducting response and recovery missions joining more than 1,200 wild-land firefighters from all agencies.
  • The American Red Cross continued to help families and individuals in ten states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico affected by Sandy. The Red Cross has served more than 4.8 million meals and snacks; provided more than 70,100 overnight stays out of a total of 130,000 provided by all organizations; made more than 43,800 health services and emotional support contacts, and handed out more than 477,700 relief items 

Monday, November 12

  • TheU.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continued to execute an essential de-watering mission at the direction of FEMA. Flood waters have been removed from all 14 critical infrastructure locations in New Jersey and New York as identified by local officials. Locations include the Jersey City PATH Train Tunnel, Brooklyn Battery, and the World Trade Center.  Maintenance pumping continued throughout the affected areas.  Additional USACE teams are clearing debris and providing technical assistance personnel to support emergency power operations. 
  • More than 382,000 individuals in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have registered for assistance. More than $499 million has been approved in FEMA housing and other needs assistance and the SBA has issued 262,668 disaster loan applications to residents and businesses.
  • Fifty seven joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers were open in the hardest hit areas. Twenty seven Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 23 in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut. DRCs continued to open in the hardest hit areas to provide information to survivors. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
  • More than 7,700 FEMA personnel are positioned along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, communications and logistical support.  More than 2,040 FEMA housing inspectors are on the ground in the three declared states (1,114 in New York, 874 in New Jersey and 57 in Connecticut). As of yesterday afternoon 90,000 home inspections were completed.
  • More than 5,770 American Red Cross disaster responders are supporting operations and providing disaster relief services in the affected States.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has an electronic loan application (ELA) for homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for a disaster loan for Hurricane Sandy damages. ELA provides a convenient alternative to visiting a Disaster Recovery Center or mailing in a paper loan application. The online program checks for errors, prompts for more information when needed and provides a quicker decision than the hand-written applications. Visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela to apply online. SBA announced today the opening of several Business Recovery Centers in New York and New Jersey.  Businesses with physical damages or loss of revenue caused by Hurricane Sandy should consider visiting the centers and applying for an SBA disaster business loan.  SBA's customer service representatives are on hand to answer questions about the disaster loan program and assist business owners in completing applications. As of November 12, SBA has issued 262,668 disaster loan applications to residents and businesses in NY, NJ and CT.   That includes 208,619 home disaster loan applications, and 53,420 business disaster loan applications.
  • In addition to the 3,000 employees who are deployed from the North Atlantic Division, an additional 990 members from other USACE divisions across the nation were also deployed. In total, the FEMA-assigned joint dewatering mission has drained more than 470 million gallons of water from the metro area.
  • The Defense Logistics Agency has delivered more than 2.3 million gallons of fuel to federal government distribution points in the New York/New Jersey region; generators to the Army Corps of Engineers to power apartment buildings in New York City; and generators to the New York City Housing Authority.
  • National Guard has more than 5,000 members from 11 states conducting food, water, and fuel distribution, communications, security, sheltering, debris removal and transportation missions in support of recovery efforts.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-832-5660 to address questions of motor carrier drivers and operators providing direct emergency relief related to Hurricane Sandy on individual registration, certification, tax, or other barriers to the flow of fuel transportation to affected states. The DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) continued to work with FEMA and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to secure buses used in New Jersey to help commuters connect to or reach Manhattan and the surrounding area. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • The major disaster declaration for the state of New York was amended to include Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties for Public Assistance (already designated for Individual Assistance). This makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Sixty joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers were open in the hardest hit areas. Thirty Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 23 in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut and more continued to open. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
  • Currently, more than 7,700 FEMA personnel are deployed along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, operations, communications and logistical support.  Communityrelations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness. Housing Inspectors are with disaster survivors to identify damages to homes to further expedite assistance to individuals.
  • More than 1,032 members of the DHS Surge Capacity Force (SCF) were deployed to support federal and state efforts in New York and New Jersey.  The Surge Capacity Force, established by the Post Katrina Emergency Reform Act, is a force comprised of employees from throughout the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies that can deploy to support disaster operations.  All Surge Force personnel are trained and utilized in four primary program areas — Logistics, Community Relations, Individual Assistance, and Public Assistance before deploying. More than 386 are in New York working on Community Relations and more than 366 are working at Disaster Recovery Centers. Surge Force members came from agencies including Transportation Security Administration, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Department of Homeland Security Headquarters.
     
  • USDA sent letters to 2,600 borrowers holding USDA Rural Development home loans in the hurricane-affected area offering housing assistance and up to 6 month moratoriums on loan payments.  USDA has contacted area lending institutions that have made guaranteed home loans backed by USDA, encouraging them to work with borrowers on implementing a 90-day hold on foreclosures and waiving late fees.  Those actions are at the discretion of individual lenders.
     
  • Nearly 4,500 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 11 states continued to conduct debris clearing, fuel distribution, security, transportation, communications, shelter operations, generator distribution, traffic control, sustainment and complete wellness outreach checks in support of recovery efforts.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) activated the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) to assist people in the impacted areas without any form of health insurance coverage to replace certain prescription medications and limited durable medical equipment lost or damaged in the hurricane. To learn about EPAP, visit www.phe.gov/epap.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • More than 403,798 disaster survivors from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey have applied for federal disaster assistance, and more than $570 million in Individual Assistance has been approved.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Sixty three joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers were open in the hardest hit areas. Thirty two Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 24 in New Jersey and seven in Connecticut and more continued to open. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, visit FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, access data via mobile phone at m.fema.gov or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • Small Business Administration opened four Business Recovery Centers in Atlantic, Cape May, Union and Passaic Counties in New Jersey.
  • The major disaster declaration for the State of Rhode Island was amended to include Individual Assistance.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. The amendment means that individuals and business owners who sustained losses due to the storm in Newport and Washington counties can now apply for federal disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  Those in affected areas with access to the internet may register by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov
  • FEMA warned disaster survivors to be watchful for fraud. When a damage inspector arrives to conduct a damage inspection, disaster survivors should make sure the inspector has proper identification. If disaster survivors are concerned about anyone representing themselves as a FEMA employee, they can call the FEMA Hotline (1-800-621-3362) and confirm the inspector's identity.
  • Currently, more than 7,773 FEMA personnel are deployed along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, operations, communications and logistical support.  Communityrelations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness. Housing Inspectors are working throughout affected neighborhoods to survey damage to homes, an important step in the federal assistance process.
  • Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are waiving low-income housing tax credit rules that would prohibit owners of low-income housing from providing housing to survivors of Hurricane Sandy who do not qualify as low-income. 
  • U.S. Department of Transportation is making $29 million in quick-release emergency relief funds immediately available to Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island to help begin repairing the damage to roads, bridges and tunnels. Assessments continued throughout the northeast to determine the full extent of the damage.
  • More than 3,900 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 10 states continued to support states by conducting debris clearing, fuel distribution, security, transportation, communications, shelter operations, generator distribution, traffic control, and wellness checks in support of recovery efforts.  Since operations began, the National Guard distributed 2.3 million meals and 1.4 million bottles of water and more than 100,000 blankets in New York.  The NJ National Guard has evacuated nearly 7,000 citizens since Sandy recovery operations began. NJ and PA National Guard members, operating 1,700 fuel trucks, distributed more than 190,000 gallons of fuel to first responders, supply generators and power restoration crews.
  • American Red Cross deployed more than 5,800 workers from all 50 states to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy including New York and New Jersey. To date, more than 5.3 million meals and snacks were served and nearly 1.3 million relief items, such as hygiene kits, had been distributed. Red Cross volunteers are also driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food, and relief supplies.
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continued to have more than 1,100 HHS personnel deployed to provide public health and medical assistance to New York and New Jersey. These personnel include disaster medical assistance teams (DMATs). DMATs are a group of professional medical personnel organized to provide rapid-response medical care. At the request of the State of New Jersey, a Federal Medical Station continued to serve as a medical shelter at Middlesex Community College in Edison, New Jersey. At the request of the state of New York, equipment from a Federal Medical Station is also in use in a New York City hospital.  The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps continued to support shelter operations. To date, nearly 60 officers from three Mental Health Teams assisted approximately 700 residents and first responders a day, helping address basic mental health issues. Residents can connect with local crisis counselors through the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • President Obama traveled to New York City, where viewed storm damage, talked with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thanked first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities.
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan traveled to Long Island, N.Y. to meet with state and local officials and discuss ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy in addition to joining the President on a portion of his trip to New York. Both Secretaries reiterated the ongoing support to communities in impacted states, as response and recovery efforts continued.
  • President Obama announced that he has asked HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to continue to work closely with Governors, mayors and local officials of New Jersey and New York as they begin the process of identifying redevelopment plans for affected communities with a focus on long-term recovery under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. This structure will streamline the process for Governors as they seek assistance for longer term projects they identify as priorities for community redevelopment.
  • To date, more than 414,686 disaster survivors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island had applied for federal disaster assistance, and more than $611 million in Individual Assistance has been approved.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Sixty five joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers were open in the hardest hit areas. Thirty two Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 25 in New Jersey and eight in Connecticut. DRCs continued to open in the hardest hit areas to provide information to survivors. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, visit FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, access data by mobile phone at m.fema.gov  or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • In support of New York and New Jersey, FEMA continued to transfer resources such as food, water, and fuel to the states to distribute to individuals at Points of Distribution (POD) sites. The sites are centralized points where supplies are delivered and the public travels to the site to pick up commodities following a disaster or emergency.
  • More than 7,770 FEMA personnel continued to be deployed along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, operations, communications and logistical support.  Communityrelations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness.  More than 2,000 FEMA housing inspectors are working throughout affected neighborhoods to survey damage to homes, an important step in the federal assistance process, and more than 133,000 homes inspections were completed.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration announced the opening of two additional Business Recovery Centers in New York.   Businesses with physical damages or loss of revenue caused by Hurricane Sandy should consider visiting the centers and applying for an SBA disaster business loan.    SBA's customer service representatives are on hand to answer questions about the disaster loan program and assist business owners in completing their applications. SBA advises that survivors should not wait to settle with their insurance companies before applying for SBA disaster loan assistance.  The SBA encourages survivors of Hurricane Sandy in eligible counties to return their completed applications, even if they have not settled with their insurance company.
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has provided more than 8.1 million gallons of fuel in support of Hurricane Sandy response and recovery. This includes 4.2 million gallons of ultra low sulphur diesel, 3 million gallons of fuel and 782,000 gallons of diesel.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 177 generators, to date, to support states and support critical infrastructures requirements. (Due to power restoration, 26 of have been de-installed).  As part of the de-watering operations from tunnels and other critical infrastructure, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controlled 162 pumps and removed more than 275 million gallons of water which is equivalent to 864 olympic-sized swimming pools.  The mission to remove debris from rights-of-way in disaster-affected areas continued, with 77,237 cubic yards of debris removed thus far.
  • More than 3,500 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 15 states continued to support stated by conducting fuel distribution, communications, security, sheltering, debris removal and transportation missions in support of recovery efforts.
  • American Red Cross continued to respond across all affected states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia/DC and West Virginia) serving more than 5.8 million meals and snacks; distributing 1.8 million  relief items, making 62,297 health and mental health contacts; and assigning 5,760 disaster workers to operations. Seventeen Red Cross and independent shelters remained open in storm-affected states, with 2,211 residents.
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) has deployed personnel and other resources from seven bureaus to support the response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The National Park Service (NPS) has deployed over 1,000 employees, including personnel working from their duty stations, to help on recovery efforts.  NPS completed an emergency stabilization on NPS Manhattan sites and Governors Island, restored electricity and hot water at Fort Wadsworth, and removed significant amounts of woody debris at park sites. NPS continued to remove debris at affected parks, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and hazard materials at Fire Island.  The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, Gateway, Castle Clinton, and parts of Fire Island remain closed.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continued to repair damage to facilities, field stations, and the natural habitat in coastal area national wildlife refuges from Virginia north to Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Friday, November 16, 2012

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan traveled to Middletown, N.J. where they visited the FEMA Joint Field Office and met with U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, and other state and local officials to discuss ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy.
  • More than 2,800 Army and Air National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen from 10 states continued to support the recovery. The National Guard Bureau continued to work 24/7 to match National Guard capabilities nationwide with community and state needs.
  • To date, more than 423,884 disaster survivors from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and Rhode Island applied for federal disaster assistance, and more than $650 million in Individual Assistance was approved.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 
  • Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) continued to open in the hardest hit areas to provide information to survivors. Currently, a total of 65 Disaster Recovery Centers are open in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.  Of that amount, 31 Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 26 in New Jersey and eight in Connecticut and more continued to open.  More than 30,000 survivors had visited disaster recovery centers.
  • Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) has been extended in New York and New Jersey for eligible disaster survivors who have a continuing need for shelter because they are unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time. Transitional Sheltering Assistance is intended to provide short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose communities are either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to disaster-related damages. Lodging expenses for eligible disaster survivors are paid for by FEMA directly to the lodging provider, with any incidental costs (for example – phone charges, room service, parking, etc.) the responsibility of the survivor. For more information, disaster survivors should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. 
  • In New York, the initial period of Transitional Sheltering Assistance from Nov. 3 to 17, 2012 has been extended in two successive 14 day intervals with individual program participants' eligibility and continuing need being evaluated at the end of each extension. Based on continued eligibility, check out dates for the program will be Nov. 17, Dec. 1, and Dec. 15, 2012. In New Jersey, the initial period of assistance from Nov. 1 through 14, 2012 has been extended to Nov. 28, 2012 for eligible survivors. Based on continued eligibility, check out dates for the program are Nov. 14 and Nov. 28, 2012.
  • The President signed a major disaster declaration for the State of Delaware making federal disaster aid available to the State of Delaware for state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Kent, New Castle and Sussex Counties and hazard mitigation funding statewide.
  • More than 1,100 members of the DHS's Surge Capacity Force continued to be deployed to support federal and state efforts in New York and New Jersey.  The Surge Capacity Force, established by the Post Katrina Emergency Reform Act, is an employee force comprised of employees from throughout the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies that can deploy to support disaster operations.  Participants included personnel from agencies including Transportation Security Administration, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Department of Homeland Security Headquarters.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continued to work closely with FEMA and other federal, state, and local partners to assess and address the housing needs of disaster survivors. HUD has also granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. In addition, HUD is offering impacted States and communities the ability to re-allocate existing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME program funds toward disaster relief, giving the State and communities the flexibility to redirect funds to address critical needs, including housing and services for disaster victims.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the multi-state waiver of reformulated Gasoline (RFG) requirements in New York and New Jersey, and the waiver of diesel fuel requirements in NY and NJ, through December 7.  Also, EPA continued to conduct hazardous household waste collection and transfer in Nassau and Suffolk counties, New York, and continued to work at various wastewater treatment facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey to restore them to full operations.  In response to Hurricane Sandy, to date, EPA has assessed 40 drinking water facilities and 23 wastewater treatment plants in New Jersey and 40 drinking water facilities and 12 wastewater treatment plants in New York.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • To date, more than 431,400 disaster survivors from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and Rhode Island applied for federal disaster assistance, and more than $691 million in Individual Assistance was approved.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.   Individuals and businesses in designated areas who sustained losses due to the storm can apply for federal disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov , by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. 
  • Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) continued to open in the hardest hit areas to provide information to survivors. A total of 65 Disaster Recovery Centers were open in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.  Of that amount, 30 Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New York, 27 in New Jersey and 8 in Connecticut and more continue to open.  More than 44,000 survivors had visited disaster recovery centers.
  • Approximately 7,719 FEMA personnel continued to be deployed along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including community relations, operations, communications and logistical support.  Community relations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness.  Housing Inspectors are working throughout affected neighborhoods to survey damage to homes, an important step in the federal assistance process.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the temporary housing programs for both New York and New Jersey.  The program provides hotel or motel rooms to FEMA applicants whose homes were damaged by the storm.  Checkouts were scheduled for today, however, in New Jersey the program will be extended to November 28 and in New York to December 14.
  • U.S. Department of Labor approved a grant for the State of Connecticut to receive $1.8 million to create about 120 temporary jobs for dislocated workers to assist with Hurricane Sandy clean-up and recovery efforts.
  • More than 719 personnel from the Department of Labor continued to be deployed for Hurricane Sandy recovery activities. supporting FEMA mission assignments and augmenting 644 local personnel with recovery operations in NY and NJ.
  • Approximately 5,669 American Red Cross (ARC) continued to support disaster relief efforts, with the majority working in New York and New Jersey. To date, more than 9,501 ARC disaster responders were assigned to Hurricane Sandy operations (90% volunteer). Approximately 6.1 million meals and snacks were served and 2.1 million aggregate relief items, such as hygiene kits, were distributed. Red Cross volunteers are also driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food, and relief supplies.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) has an electronic loan application (ELA) for homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for a disaster loan for Hurricane Sandy damages. ELA provides a convenient alternative to visiting a Disaster Recovery Center or mailing in a paper loan application. Applicants can visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela to apply online. The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations, to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered physical property damage. In addition to SBA staff in each Disaster Recovery Center, SBA continued to open and staff Business Recovery Centers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  More information is available from the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go to www.sba.gov.
  • Department of Transportation Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels, including T/S Empire State, T/S Kennedy and SS Wright, continued to be docked near New York City to support response operations by providing temporary lodging and feeding for more than 1,100 emergency responders.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Vice President Joe Biden took a helicopter tour to view the damage along the coastline of New Jersey. He met with responders in Seaside Heights and later went to Hoboken to see the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.  He was joined for part of the trip by federal, state and local officials including Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg.
  • To date, more than 436, 316 disaster survivors from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and Rhode Island had applied for federal disaster assistance, and more than $730 million in Individual Assistance was approved.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individuals and businesses in designated areas who sustained losses due to the storm can apply for federal disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov , by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
  • Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) continued to open in the hardest hit areas to provide information to survivors. A total of 68 Disaster Recovery Centers were open in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.  Of that amount, 30 Disaster Recovery Centers were open in New York, 30 in New Jersey and 8 in Connecticut and more continued to open.  Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center location, visit FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, access data by mobile phone at m.fema.gov  or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).  To date, more than 46,000 survivors have visited disaster recovery centers for information and assistance.
  • More than 2,100 FEMA housing inspectors continued to work throughout affected neighborhoods in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island to survey damage to homes, an important step in the federal assistance process, and more than 160,000 homes inspections had been completed.
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