New York, N.Y. – New York will gain further ground on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts with the addition of 48 projects the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved for funding in coordination with New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and New York City (NYC). These new projects expand FEMA Region II’s existing portfolio of Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP) New York Sandy projects to 129, increasing the total portfolio value to more than $10 billion.
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NEW YORK CITY – In the five years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the East Coast, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has contributed more than $25.5 billion to the recovery in New York and New Jersey.
NEW YORK – FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration have disbursed nearly $16.9 billion for New York’s recovery since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast three years ago. This amount includes more than $1 billion paid directly to survivors for housing and other essential needs through the Individuals and Households Program which ended April 30, 2014.
Assistant Fire Chief Sees Gear as “Fundamental to Safety”NEW YORK, NY -- The Sherburne Village Fire Department will receive equipment to fill self-contained breathing apparatuses used to provide 39 volunteer firefighters with breathing air as they fight blazes or encounter toxic fumes.
Agreements Total $9.9 Billion in Recovery Funding Since 2013; Funding Provided Under New Public Assistance Pilot Program
Under the direction of President Obama, the National Disaster Recovery Framework was created to identify an approach to recovery that would engage existing federal resources and incorporate the full capabilities of local and state entities for resilient recovery. An example of these efforts can be found in the Long Island Smart Growth Resilience Partnership, which is paving the way for Long Island to be a national model for sustainable, resilient infrastructure recovery and rebuilding.
In October 2012, an estimated 80 million gallons of saltwater inundated the Hugh L. Carey (Formerly Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel ‘BBT’) and Queens Midtown tunnels ‘QMT.’ Floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy damaged architectural, mechanical and electrical components of both tunnels. While the effects of the storm damaged many homes and left millions without power, it also left a deep impact on transportation — a vital aspect to the livelihood of New Yorkers.
While there is still work to be done, FEMA continues to support communities in New Jersey and New York as they rebuild to become stronger and more resilient. Recovery is just as much about building a stronger future as it is about repairing past damage. Progress is being made as Sandy recovery offices in Eatontown, N.J. and Forest Hills, N.Y. reflect on one year in operations.
As 2014 comes to a close, FEMA and its partners in state and local government, other federal agencies, voluntary organizations and the private sector continue working to rebuild New York in ways that make it stronger, more resilient and better able to withstand future storms. Many of the employees at the Sandy Recovery Office are Sandy survivors. Some of their homes sustained damage; several employees took in friends and neighbors displaced by the storm. It has been a long and sometimes difficult road to recovery.
Sandy recovery facts (as of Oct. 6, 2014)Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy strikes with a storm surge weather experts in New York had never seen before.Recovery milestones at two yearsMore than $13.6 billion in total federal assistance has been provided for Individual Assistance grants, SBA low-interest disaster loans, National Flood Insurance Program payments and Public Assistance grants.Individual Assistance