NEW YORK CITY — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $300 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster.
FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Nov. 11:
- More than 169,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $300 million has been approved. More than 86,000 have applied through the online application site at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- 26 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 12,845 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York.
- 1077 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.
- 1,121 inspectors in the field have completed more than 37,000 home inspections.
- The American Red Cross has distributed 741,668 meals, 603,331 snacks, 4,453 comfort kits, 2,324 clean-up kits and 92,185 bulk items which include items like blankets and gloves. They have 170 Emergency Response Vehicles operating on the street.
- 27 Points of Distribution (PODs) are open and providing supplies to the affected residents.
- 12 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and 1 (Rapid Deployment Force) RDF team from the Department of Health and Human Services are deployed in New York.
- 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.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has 57 dump trucks and 140 long haul trucks in operation, removing 7,350 cubic yards of debris. Twenty-three barges have been identified for long haul to Albany, N.Y. Pumping is complete at the Jersey City PATH Train Tunnel. USACE currently has 66 FEMA Mission Assignments exceeding a total of $250 million and continues to inspect, assess and when necessary dewater public housing and apartment buildings in order to provide temporary electrical power to residents.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has 5 Business Recovery Centers open in the New York area which provides one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance.
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 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.