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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 National Preparedness Webinars

From Transit Station to Workstation: Considerations for Returning to Work During COVID-19

Are we ready to open? What is my commute going to be like? Is the building safe? For this webinar FEMA has partnered with the Government Services Administration, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and NJ TRANSIT to address best practices for returning to work safely. This session features subject matter experts from the agencies who provide the essential services needed to accomplish this mission. 

Puerto Rico SBA – CARES Act in Spanish

This webinar featured representatives from the Small Business Association (SBA) of Puerto Rico who explained the CARES act and how it affects your small business. The presenters will provide an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advances among other benefits. An additional session focused on the agricultural sector.

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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 Reocvery

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