NEW YORK CITY — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $221 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster.
FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Nov. 8:
- More than 147,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $221 million has been approved. More than 73,000 have applied through the online application site at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- 18 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open in the nine declared counties. These include mobile sites as well as fixed sites, and to date more than 9,400 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York.
- More than 1,200 Community Relations (CR) specialists are strategically positioned throughout affected communities, going door to door explaining the types of disaster assistance available and how to register. More teams continue to arrive daily.
- 1,062 inspectors in the field have completed more than 22,200 home inspections.
- There are 27 shelters in operation housing 4,939 people.
- The American Red Cross has distributed 599,776 meals, 471,620 snacks, 64,518 bulk items which include items like blankets, gloves and comfort kits.
- 2,491,200 liters of water, 1,363,968 Meals-Ready-to-Eat, 133,650 blankets and have been distributed.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will evaluate the Cupsogue/Moriches inlet to assess any further damages from yesterday’s Nor'easter storm and continue emergency power operations with focus on housing areas.
- There are eleven Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) from the Department of Health and Human Services deployed in New York.
- The Defense Logistics Agency has purchased unleaded and diesel fuel that is being distributed in areas throughout New York impacted by the storm to supplement ongoing private sector efforts.
- The U.S. Department of Labor announced that their National Emergency Grant funds will award nearly $30 million to the New York Department of Labor to assist with the restoration of public lands, infrastructure , and to assist with cleanup and recovery.
- The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will waive low-income housing tax credit rules that prohibit owners of low-income housing from providing housing to survivors of Hurricane Sandy who do not qualify as low-income.
- The Department of Defense’s U.S. Transportation Command delivered 61 power restoration vehicles, 65 technical personnel, 63 power restoration vehicles and 132 technical personnel to Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.
- New York’s major disaster declaration was amended so that the nine declared counties are now approved for all categories of Public Assistance, which includes reimbursement for eligible costs of emergency response services, debris removal and repairs to public infrastructure.
Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smart phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m.to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.