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Historic Disasters - Hurricane Sandy

Survivors remove tree from home

Survivors begin tree removal from home

Survivors work to remove a large tree from the roof of a home in Manasquan. The area was pounded by Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Dog walkers passed gazebo

Gazebo Blown from Foundations

Dog walkers in Asbury Park passed a gazebo that was wrested from its foundation by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

New York residents pick up water from the National Guard after Hurricane Sandy.

Points of Distribution provide supplies after Hurricane Sandy

-Local residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy get water and meals ready to eat from National Guard troops at a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Point of Distribution located at the disaster recovery center on Roackway Point Boulevard. FEMA is one of many agencies coordinating relief efforts after the storm. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 Home damaged by Hurricane Sandy will have power restored soon.

Electrical Contractor works on restoring power to home

A home in Ocean, NJ, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, will have power restored soon. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Residents mill above a seawall damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Grove. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Residents survey damage in New Jersey

Residents mill above a seawall damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Grove. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 Local crews clear streets that are piled with sand due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

Local crews clear streets of sand from Hurricane Sandy

Local crews clear streets of sand from Hurricane Sandy

 Rockaway, New York residents clean up after the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Local residents clean up after the impact of Hurricane Sandy

Local residents clean up after the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

FEMA Community Relations team member talks with survivors at the Red Cross shelter at Pleasantville High School. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Community Relations in American Red Cross Shelter

FEMA Community Relations team member talks with survivors at the Red Cross shelter at Pleasantville High School. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

A FEMA employee stands on a bus of people

Local Residents wait on buses to visit the Disaster Recovery Center

Local residents wait on a heated bus, rather than out in the cold at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) that has been set up to help residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The FEMA DRC manager is on the bus calling out the number of the next person to be assisted by FEMA. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 A boardwalk is destroyed by the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway, New York.

Boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

A boardwalk is destroyed by the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Hurricane Sandy moved sand off the beach and ocean water undermined beachfront properties. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Storm Damage in Long Beach Township

Hurricane Sandy moved sand off the beach and ocean water undermined beachfront properties. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Patrolman points out the original height of the sand on this house before Hurricane Sandy made landfall. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Erosion following Hurricane Sandy

Patrolman points out the original height of the sand on this house before Hurricane Sandy made landfall. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Property owners in Reeds Beach fear looting. Looting has been a problem statewide in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Signs of Occupied Homes

Property owners in Reeds Beach fear looting. Looting has been a problem statewide in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

 Properties in Reeds Beach suffered severe damage and beach erosion during Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Storm Damage in Reeds Beach

Properties in Reeds Beach suffered severe damage and beach erosion during Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Photo of debris from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Hurricane Sandy Storm Debris

Photo of debris from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

FEMA Community Relations in Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY

FEMA Community Relations in Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY

FEMA Community Relations (CR) team members moved through Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY, after Hurricane Sandy. The CR members talked with disaster survivors about FEMA assistance and assessed the situation on the ground. Photo by Walt Jennings/FEMA

FEMA Community Relations in Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY

Community Relations in Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY

FEMA Community Relations (CR) team members moved through Breezy Point and Rockaway, NY, after Hurricane Sandy. The CR members talked with disaster survivors about FEMA assistance and assessed the situation on the ground. Photo by Walt Jennings/FEMA

Crews work tirelessly to restore gas and power to residents here. Gas leaks prompted the gas company to shut off the gas to the entire system, likely resulting in a total loss of the system and requiring a massive infrastructure rebuild. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Natural Gas Crews Shut Off Gas

Crews work tirelessly to restore gas and power to residents here. Gas leaks prompted the gas company to shut off the gas to the entire system, likely resulting in a total loss of the system and requiring a massive infrastructure rebuild. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

 Hurricane Sandy moved sand off the beach and ocean water undermined beachfront properties. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Storm Damage in Long Beach Township

Hurricane Sandy moved sand off the beach and ocean water undermined beachfront properties. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

 The historic boardwalk was destroyed by fierce winds that hit here during Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA Sandy.

Damage to Atlantic City's Boardwalk

The historic boardwalk was destroyed by fierce winds that hit here during Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA Sandy.

The historic boardwalk was destroyed by fierce winds that hit here during Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Damage to Atlantic City's Boardwalk

he historic boardwalk was destroyed by fierce winds that hit here during Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

A before and after pair of images shows an image on top of concrete piers that used to support a wooden boardwalk. in the distance are piles of concrete rubble and lower rise apartment buildings. An image on the bottom shows a rebuilt concrete boardwalk with people riding bicycles in the same location.

Rockaways Five Years After Hurricane Sandy

Five years after the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy destroyed the 5.5 mile boardwalk, residents are enjoying a stronger, more storm resilient boardwalk. FEMA funding for the project included a 428 Alternative Procedures grant in the amount of $263 million to pay for resilient concrete decking and infrastructure. The city also received a $199 million FEMA grant for 406 mitigation to elevate the boardwalk and construct a sand barrier to increase resiliency. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) and Mitigation Specialists on a site visit with Long island Power Authority (LIPA) representatives inspect improvements to the system following guidelines set up in the FEMA Storm Hardening Initiative. FEMA’s PA and Mitigation Grant Programs provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

FEMA Specialists View Improvements To Electric Grid

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) and Mitigation Specialists on a site visit with Long island Power Authority (LIPA) representatives inspect improvements to the system following guidelines set up in the FEMA Storm Hardening Initiative. FEMA’s PA and Mitigation Grant Programs provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

FEMA Corps team Tundra 3 posed for a photo during their deployment to New York to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in 2012.

FEMA Corps team Tundra 3 in New York

FEMA Corps team Tundra 3 posed for a photo during their deployment to New York to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in 2012.

FEMA Emergency Management Specialist hands out literature to residents at the Elmont Home Depot as part of the third annual Hurricane Preparedness Workshops. More than 700 Home Depot stores from the Gulf Coast to New England participated; FEMA employees volunteered at many of the Home Depot locations for the one-day event that served to raise awareness and help residents prepare for hurricane season, which begins June 1. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

FEMA Participates In Preparedness Workshops At Home Depot

FEMA Emergency Management Specialist hands out literature to residents at the Elmont Home Depot as part of the third annual Hurricane Preparedness Workshops. More than 700 Home Depot stores from the Gulf Coast to New England participated; FEMA employees volunteered at many of the Home Depot locations for the one-day event that served to raise awareness and help residents prepare for hurricane season, which begins June 1. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, signs of life are returning to the burn zone, an area where 135 homes were destroyed by fire. Twenty to 30 homes are in different stages of construction as the neighborhood rebuilds. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

One Year After Hurricane Sandy Homes Are Starting To Rise In The Burn Zone

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, signs of life are returning to the burn zone, an area where 135 homes were destroyed by fire. Twenty to 30 homes are in different stages of construction as the neighborhood rebuilds. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, signs of life are returning to the burn zone, an area where 135 homes were destroyed by fire. Twenty to 30 homes are in different stages of construction as the neighborhood rebuilds. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

One Year After Hurricane Sandy Homes Are Starting To Rise In The Burn Zone

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, signs of life are returning to the burn zone, an area where 135 homes were destroyed by fire. Twenty to 30 homes are in different stages of construction as the neighborhood rebuilds. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

Beach front homes take the brunt of wave and wind, tearing propane tanks loose from homes. Hazards such as these must be checked before residents can safely return to their properties Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Unstrapped Propane Tanks a Common Sight

Beachfront homes take the brunt of wave and wind, tearing propane tanks loose from homes. Hazards such as these must be checked before residents can safely return to their properties Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

A Red Cross volunteer offers a snack to a little girl at the American Red Cross shelter located at the National Guard armory. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

American Red Cross Shelter in New Jersey

A Red Cross volunteer offers a snack to a little girl at the American Red Cross shelter located at the National Guard armory. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

PSE&G set up a mobile charging station so survivors of Hurricane Sandy could keep their cell phones and portable devices charged. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Charging Station in New Jersey

PSE&G set up a mobile charging station so survivors of Hurricane Sandy could keep their cell phones and portable devices charged. FEMA is working with many partners and organization to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

 Craig Fugate,  FEMA Administrator, spoke with Hurricane Sandy survivors.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks with Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, spoke with Hurricane Sandy survivors at the Community Church of the Nazarene. Administrator Fugate visited several parts of New York that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

 Federal officials and workers look at a map at a substation

Federal Officials Visit Hoboken Substation

FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, third from left, discusses power restoration with Department of Energy Secretary Chu, red jacket, along with Public Service Electric and Gas Company engineers at the Hoboken electrical substation. Restoration of power to communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy remains a high priority. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Rockaway, Queens, N.Y. for residents to apply for assistance

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Rockaway, New York

FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Rockaway, Queens, N.Y. for residents to learn what programs are available to them and to apply for disaster assistance.

Federal Coordinating Officer, addresses the workforce at the Interim Operating Facility at the beginning of the day. FEMA and state agencies share information on an ongoing basis as part of the recovery operation. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Morning Briefing at the Initial Operating Facility

Federal Coordinating Officer, addresses the workforce at the Interim Operating Facility at the beginning of the day. FEMA and state agencies share information on an ongoing basis as part of the recovery operation. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

All along the coastline of Connecticut, beach front homes were severely damaged and filled with sand. FEMA Community Relations Specialists are out in these areas, assessing the needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Waterfront Homes Suffered the Most Damage in Connecticut

All along the coastline of Connecticut, beach front homes were severely damaged and filled with sand. FEMA Community Relations Specialists are out in these areas, assessing the needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

 DHS officials visit a shelter

DHS Officials met with local residents

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, right, spoke to local residents at a shelter set up at Susan Wagner high school. The shelter is set up to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working with many partners and organizations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA