NEW YORK CITY — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $276 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster.
FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Nov. 10:
- More than 162,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $276 million has been approved. More than 82,000 have applied through the online application site at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- 26 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open in the nine declared counties. These include mobile sites as well as fixed sites, and to date more than 11,698 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York.
- More than 1040 Community Relations (CR) specialists are strategically positioned throughout affected communities, going door to door explaining the types of disaster assistance available and how to register. More teams continue to arrive daily.
- 1,103 inspectors in the field have completed more than 34,109 home inspections.
- There are 30 general population shelters in operation housing 3,573 people.
- The American Red Cross has distributed 671,688 meals, 532,371snacks, 4,453 comfort kits, 1,974 clean-up kits and 77,080 bulk items which include items like blankets and gloves. They have 75 Emergency Response Vehicles operating on the street.
- FEMA & NY Office of Emergency Management have opened 34 Points of Distribution (PODs in position). The American Red Cross has ten.
- The Army Corps of Engineers has approved $95 million for debris removal and 5398 cubic yards have been hauled to date. They have been working closely with state and local infrastructure agencies and completed 13 of 14 dewatering missions at tunnels, train stations and wastewater treatment plants.
- There are 10 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and 1 RDF (rapid deployment force) team from the Department of Health and Human Services deployed in New York.
- New York’s major disaster declaration was amended so that the nine declared counties are now approved for all categories of Public Assistance, which includes reimbursement for eligible costs of emergency response services, debris removal and repairs to public infrastructure.
OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES & PARTNERS
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has 5 Business Recovery Centers open in the New York area which provides one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) In response to requests from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and municipalities, EPA is providing assistance in assessing drinking water and wastewater facilities across the state. To date, EPA has assessed 30 drinking water facilities and 12 wastewater treatment plants. None of these facilities required additional assistance from EPA.
- The U.S. Marine Corps continued assessments with Army engineers in Far Rockaway, N.Y., and pumped 90,000 gallons of water from apartment buildings there. About 750,000 gallons were pumped from affected homes and parks in Breezy Point, N.Y.
- Defense Logistics Agency: More than 1.8 million gallons of fuel have been delivered to FEMA distribution points in the New York/New Jersey region. Nine generators were delivered to the Army Corps of Engineers to power apartment buildings in New York City. Seven more generators and seven transformers are en route. Seven additional generators have been provided to the New York City Housing Authority.
- The New York National Guard: There are 3,237 New York National Guard personnel on state active duty supporting relief operations in New York.
Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smart phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.