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Region 2

FEMA Region 2 office, located in New York, N.Y. oversees federal emergency management for eight Tribal Nations and the following states/ territories:

Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation

Potential impacts to the environment and cultural resources must be considered when a community applies for FEMA funding through Public AssistanceHazard Mitigation Assistance and Preparedness Grants.

Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)

Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) is a national FEMA program that works with states, tribes, territories and local communities to evaluate and better understand their current flood risk, as well as the actions that can be taken to mitigate and become more resilient against future risk.

Regional Individual and Communities Preparedness Webinars

National Preparedness Month (NPM), is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. Hear from FEMA HQ staff about 2020 themes and the online tools available to help plan your activities.

As schools reopen with a virtual learning component, students are spending more time online and are vulnerable to cyber threats. Guest speakers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) discuss cybersecurity for children and offer tips on dealing with cyberbullying.

View All Preparedness Webinars

Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) was created in 2012 to bring together youth leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities with national and local preparedness projects. Since 2012 many states, counties and municipalities have adopted this model to form their own YPCs.  

The Region II YPC supports FEMA’s ongoing commitment to involve the youth of America in preparedness-related activities and resilience. Students from New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and our Tribal Nations come together to implement preparedness projects in an effort to make their communities better prepared and more resilient.

Download the YPC Application Form

If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Guides To Expanding Mitigation

The Guides to Expanding Mitigation are part of a series designed to highlight innovative and emerging partnerships for mitigation.

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Regional Long-Term Recovery

Our capabilities were tested in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy affected the entire East Coast from Florida to Maine, as well as states as far inland as West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. The storm’s effects were extensive, leaving millions without power, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and causing tens of billions in damages. Read more on our Historic Disaster Page.

Leadership and Contacts

Leadership Region 2 - Thomas Essen

Thomas Von Essen
Regional Administrator

Appointed in October 2017. He began his 31-year career with the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) as a firefighter and spent the last six years of his tenure as the FDNY Commissioner where he played an integral role in helping New York City respond to and recover from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Thomas Von Essen Full Bio

Leadership Region 7 - Kathy Fields

Kathy Fields
Deputy Regional Administrator (Acting)

Began her FEMA career with Region VII in 1988 working in the Disaster Assistance Program (DAP) Division. Over the past 28 years she has held numerous leadership roles including establishing the National Teleregistration Center and building the foundation for the National Processing Service Centers (NPSC).

Kathy Fields Full Bio

Last updated Sep 14, 2020