New York recovery from Hurricane Sandy: By the Numbers

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April 5, 2013
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NEW YORK — New York survivors have until April 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and return their applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Disaster assistance to New York survivors of Hurricane Sandy:

  • Nearly $946 million in FEMA grants approved for individuals and households
    • Nearly $812 million for housing assistance
    • Nearly $134 million for other needs
  • Nearly $1.4 billion in SBA disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and businesses
  • Nearly $3.3 billion in National Flood Insurance Program payments made to policy holders
  • $817 million approved in FEMA Public Assistance grants to communities and some nonprofit organizations that serve the public
  • 271,181 people have registered for assistance in the 13 designated counties
  • 182,807 housing inspections completed
  • 176,947 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers
  • 5.6 million cubic yards of debris removed
  • More than 500 voluntary agencies involved in recovery
  • 26 languages used to communicate assistance information to survivors

Individuals can register with FEMA online at or via smartphone or tablet at They may also call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The helpline is available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT, seven days a week.

To apply for an SBA disaster loan, go to Survivors may also visit a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (text “DRC” and your Zip Code to 43362 or go to for locations). For assistance, call the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or send an email to

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April 5, 2013 - 15:02
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