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What We’re Watching: 12/14/12


Sandy recovery continues

It’s been a month and a half since Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, and the recovery effort continues at full speed.  Thousands of employees from FEMA and other federal agencies remain on the ground working to meet the needs of disaster survivors and offer assistance.  Here’s a quick look at how massive the recovery operation is: to date, over $1.09 billion in federal assistance has been approved for affected individuals and families across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

For state-specific updates on Sandy recovery, visit:

Finally, here are a few photos from this week showing FEMA and our partners in action:

debris removal

CAPTION: Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2012 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is removing debris from Far Rockaway, Long Island beaches boardwalk. Using a fleet of front-end loaders, crawler excavators and dump trucks, the Army Corps is working block by block to clear debris and make way for new sand. Replenishing the beach falls under the New York Department of Parks and Recreation authority


CAPTION: Sea Bright, N.J., Dec. 12, 2012 -- Frank Bain (r), owner of Bain Hardware, is interviewed by Steve Zumwalt (l), FEMA Videographer on the opening day of his business. Bain's Hardware was damaged when the town was flooded when Hurricane Sandy swept through the area. The hardware store was one of the first business to re-open in Sea Bright, N.J.

disaster recovery center interview

CAPTION: New York City, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2012 -- Residents of the Borough of Brooklyn in New York City apply for assistance at FEMA's Red Hook Disaster Recovery Center.

Holiday gift ideas

Gift-giving is in the air this time of year as many people around the country are celebrating holiday traditions.  Over the past few weeks on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, we’ve been sharing ideas on gifts that will make your loved ones smile and be useful before, during, or after emergencies.  Gifts like:

  • An emergency kit for your car: Include windshield scraper, booster cables, hat & mittens, blanket, snack food & flares.
  • A solar-powered or hand-crank cell phone charger.
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class. You take the class as a couple or with the family!
  • Travel-size games to include in an emergency kit; that way kids are entertained if you lose power or need to evacuate.
  • A NOAA weather radio to ensure friends and family always have the latest on severe weather conditions in their area.
  • A sleeping bag or a warm blanket. They can prove especially useful if friends/family loses power during the cold winter months.

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Upcoming training

Finally, I wanted to share a few of the upcoming training classes being offered by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.  Some courses are designed for anyone to take, while others are intended for professionals in specific areas such as emergency management, healthcare, or education.  Here are a few of the courses coming up:

  • For higher-education professionals – Integrating Emergency Management Education into your Institution
  • For emergency management professionals – Social Media in Emergency Management
  • For anyone interested – A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance

If you’re interested in more training courses you can take online at your own pace, check out our independent study course list.

Have a great weekend, and stay safe!

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06/02/2017 - 09:22