ALBANY, N.Y. -- In the six months since Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee drenched the Empire state, survivors and communities have received more than $188 million in state and federal disaster assistance. This funding continues to help families and communities recover and rebuild.
“Many New Yorkers are still rebuilding and adapting to life after the storms, which affected more than half of the state,” said New York State Office of Emergency Management Director Steven Kuhr. “Through coordinated efforts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we have been able to assist more than 33,000 New Yorkers in 37 counties and hundreds of communities which sustained infrastructure damage.”
The following is an updated snapshot of the disaster recovery effort:
- 33,063 households in 37 counties received FEMA grants to help pay for temporary housing and/or replace personal property.
- $155 million approved by FEMA for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs, as well as other disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $32.2 million currently obligated for public assistance to help state and local governments fund repair and replacement of public facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
- $135 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration
- $1.7 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
“Certain upstate inland communities were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Irene,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E Parr. “Since last fall, specialized state and FEMA outreach teams have met individually with survivors to help them rebuild their lives by addressing unmet needs in partnership with nonprofit, volunteer and human service agencies.”
FEMA Individual Assistance provides money and services to people in presidentially declared disaster areas through the Individual and Housing Program.
The FEMA Public Assistance Program reimburses local and state governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, the cost of helping communities respond and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.