NEW YORK CITY — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $421 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster.
FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Nov. 15:
- More than 198,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $421 million has been approved. More than 100,000 have applied through the online application site at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- 31 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open in the affected areas. These include mobile sites as well as fixed sites, and to date more than 23,000 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York.
- 1,241 inspectors in the field have completed 64,649 home inspections.
- 1,081 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.
- 20 Points of Distribution (PODs) are open and providing supplies to the affected residents.
- 8 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.
- More than 2.4 million liters of water, 1.3 million meals and more than 210,000 blankets have been provided by FEMA to the New York National Guard for distribution to survivors.
- There are 13 New York counties designated for both individual and public assistance, including: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has staff members at 14 Business Recovery Centers in the New York area to provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission to remove debris from rights-of-way continues, with 77,237 cubic yards having been removed thus far.
- 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.