New York Sandy Recovery

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The purpose of this page is to provide the latest information on New York Sandy recovery efforts.  The intended audience includes Sandy survivors, elected officials, media and anyone who is interested in learning more about New York recovery programs.  This page includes links to other content.

Sandy recovery continues over the holidays

As 2014 comes to a close, FEMA and its partners in state and local government, other federal agencies, voluntary organizations and the private sector continue working to rebuild New York in ways that make it stronger, more resilient and better able to withstand future storms. Many of the employees at the Sandy Recovery Office are Sandy survivors. Some of their homes sustained damage; several employees took in friends and neighbors displaced by the storm. It has been a long and sometimes difficult road to recovery. Although there has been great progress in the two years since Hurricane Sandy plowed into New York, there is still more to do.

School under construction that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.Rockaway Park, N.Y.--Scholars' Academy is one of many New York City schools damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

FEMA continues working with the state to get money into communities as efficiently as possible so that schools can reopen, hospitals can treat patients and commuters can get to work.

So far, more than $6.3 billion has been provided for rebuilding and resilience projects.

Some of the recent initiatives include:

  • More than $64 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for permanent repairs to World Trade Center Building One.

  • More than $2.8 million to the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation for temporary services for Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island.

  • More than $2 million to Long Beach City Schools for repairs at East Elementary School. FEMA funds will be used to repair the school and replace books, desks and supplies lost in the storm.

  • More than $1.6 million to the Fire Department, City of New York, to repair the wave attenuation system that protects the FDNY marine rescue vessels.

  • Almost $74 million in Hazard Mitigation grants to the New York State Department of Transportation to upgrade and improve resilience of bridges across the state.

Other projects are in the works that will restore and strengthen New York’s infrastructure.

FEMA is committed to New York’s recovery. We’ll be here, working with our partners in 2015, and we will stay here until the job is done.

About Us: The New York Sandy Recovery Office

The New York Sandy Recovery Office was established to support long-term recovery efforts in New York following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In the days following the storm, FEMA established a Joint Field Office in Forest Hills, Queens. In January 2014 the Joint Field Office became the Sandy Recovery Office.

The Sandy Recovery Office coordinates the efforts of multiple federal agencies providing support to communities as they rebuild to make New York stronger and more resilient. The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy, issued in August 2013 by the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, mandated that federal agencies “work collaboratively with partners across all levels of governance … and the private sector to promote a regional and cross-jurisdictional approach to resilience.” Liberty Island, N.Y., July 4, 2013 --Visitors from around the world returned to Liberty Island for the official reopening of the Statue of Liberty.New York, N.Y. -- Visitors arrive on July 4, 2013 for the reopening of Liberty Island, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. (FEMA photo by K.C. Wilsey)Download Original

Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012, impacting a metropolitan area with 13 million inhabitants, killing dozens of people and damaging more than 100,000 homes. Ten thousand people took refuge in shelters; many more were displaced. One quarter of all telecommunications capacity was knocked out.

Sandy brought major coastal flooding to the New York coastline, along the entire south shore from Staten Island to Montauk Point and in bays and rivers. Liberty and Ellis islands were flooded and had to be closed for repairs. The tourism industry estimates it lost 400,000 visitors because of Sandy. The storm caused billions of dollars in damage to vital infrastructure systems including power transmission, transportation and water and sewage treatment facilities.

FEMA and its state and federal partners deployed nearly 8,000 personnel at the beginning of the disaster. More than 40 federal agencies participated in the response. The Air Force flew power company trucks from California. The Army Corps of Engineers installed 211 generators at vital facilities and pumped out subways and tunnels. Nearly 1,200 FEMA specialists went door-to-door in affected neighborhoods. These efforts supported the robust response of city, county and state officials, along with numerous volunteer organizations.

In the weeks and months after Sandy hit, more than $8.8 billion in federal assistance was approved in Individual Assistance grants, Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans, flood insurance payments and Public Assistance grants to support New York’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Public Assistance

Breezy Point, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2012 -- Jason Bounce, a utility worker from Houston, Texas, repair power lines damaged during Hurricane Sandy prior to re-energizing.  Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record and caused the most damage in New York and New Jersey Oct. 29, 2012.  (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released)FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides grants to state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to assist with disaster response and recovery, including debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of public facilities and critical infrastructure. In New York, nearly $6 billion has been awarded to date for Public Assistance projects.


Freeport, N.Y., May 20, 2013 --After the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy flooded their house with 5 feet of water, the homeowners made the decision to elevate their house above the new flood level of 12 feet determined by New York State and FEMA.FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The program is administered by the state and funded by FEMA. To date, over $314 million has been awarded for projects in New York.

Assistance to Households

Atlantic Beach, N.Y., Nov. 9, 2012 -- FEMA Community Relations worker, Shannon Arledge shares disaster assistance registration information with hurricane survivor, GJ McGreevy in Atlantic Beach, New York. Hurricane Sandy created widespread flooding, power outages and devastation on Long Island, New York. Andrea Booher/FEMAFEMA’s Individuals and Households Program has assisted more than 117,662 New York households that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Nearly $1 billion in assistance has been provided for temporary housing, repair or replacement of eligible damaged property and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.


Access additional resources: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of the Interior

Last Updated: 
12/19/2014 - 11:00
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