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Region II

Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devasted many countries in the Caribbean leaving behind an unprecedented amount of damage.

On September 6, Hurricane Irma, with its destructive winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall moved through the Caribbean impacting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nearly two weeks later, Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 5 storm in Puerto Rico devasting the Commonwealth not only by destroying homes and businesses but also wiping out 100 percent of its electrical grid. The U.S. Virgin Islands, which sustained more damage from the effects of Irma was not spared by Maria, the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John were impacted yet again.

FEMA and its federal partners continue to coordinate the federal recovery by supporting the Commonwealth and the Territory through FEMA's Individual Assistance and Public Assistance programs, through disaster loans and other resources provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and through programs and services provided by other federal agencies.

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Who We Are

FEMA Region II serves the states of New Jersey and New York, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight Tribal Nations. The Regional Office is located in New York, N.Y.

The Region is geographically and culturally diverse. It includes large urban areas, vast tracts of rural and mountainous land and several Caribbean islands. The Region includes New Jersey, the most densely-populated state in the U.S.; New York City, the most densely-populated city in the U.S.; and eight Tribal Nations. The Region is a global economic engine drawing people from nearly every country and culture in the world, resulting in a distinctively international environment. In fact, the United Nations is headquartered in the Region. Nearly half of New York City’s 8 million residents regularly speak a language other than English, many in the U.S. Virgin Islands speak Creole and Spanish is the official language of Puerto Rico. New York State shares a border with Canada while Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands engage with neighboring Caribbean nations.

The Freedom Tower in New York City.
FEMA Region II Headquarters, One World Trade Center, New York, N.Y.FEMA photo by K.C. Wilsey.

The Region has experienced nearly every type of disaster in the last two decades. Flooding resulting from hurricanes, tropical storms, snowmelt and Nor’easters are frequent occurrences. Parts of the Region experience extreme cold and snowfall, while other parts are susceptible to wildfires. The Caribbean Islands face the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis on a regular basis.

The Region is also at risk from man-made disasters. New York City, the financial and media capital of the world, was targeted by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001 and maintains a heightened state of vigilance. Given the rest of the world’s reliance on the Region’s institutions of commerce and communication, cyber-security remains a priority for the public and private sectors. As well, the Region has a large nuclear industry and the highest concentration of chemical manufacturers and producers in the country, with a large amount of chemical and petroleum products transiting the Region on a daily basis.

The area’s density of residents and tourists, infrastructure, financial institutions, landmarks, multi-national political presence and media markets present an environment where even a relatively small disruption requires a coordinated, timely, decisive response.

What We Do

Working as a team, Regional staff collaborate with state, local and Tribal governments, Members of Congress, other Federal agencies, non-profit groups, the private sector and other key stakeholders, to administer all FEMA-related programs to protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards in the Region.

Hurricane Sandy, the second-largest storm to make landfall in U.S. history, severely impacted the Northeast. Since then, Region II has emerged as a center of innovation in managing an approximately $24 billion financial portfolio. This includes the Section 428 Public Assistance Alternative Procedures pilot program, which awarded $9.9 billion to New York for restoration and resilience projects, including the funding of the largest Public Assistance project in FEMA history (approximately $3 billion) for the New York City Housing Authority. Recovery and mitigation efforts resulting from Hurricane Sandy are groundbreaking in their efficiency and emphasize incorporating resiliency measures into critical infrastructure.

Region II fostered the creation of the New York/ New Jersey Federal Leadership Resilience Collaborative, an interagency coordination process whereby senior leaders of multiple federal agencies coordinate key recovery and long-term infrastructure projects to identify synergies, promote resiliency and maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars.

In all our work, Region II promotes disaster-resilient and sustainable communities through whole community engagement. We collaborate with elected officials, Tribal officials, private sector partners, disability partners, faith-based organizations, media, and colleges and universities to promote risk-reduction and capacity-building initiatives and enhance the whole community’s responsiveness and resilience.

How We Support

FEMA’s mission is to support our first responders and 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. Region II is responsible for these efforts in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Under the leadership of Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen, our divisions work together to fulfill FEMA’s mission:

  • Response: Coordinates and provides Federal disaster response capability to state and local governments to support life-saving and life sustaining capabilities.

  • Recovery: Prepares for and manages programs that provide Federal assistance to individuals and families, and assist communities in recovering as a result of a Federal disaster declaration.

  • Mitigation: Promotes safer communities by reducing the risks to loss of life and property. Mitigation measures and programs enable individuals to recover more quickly from floods and other disasters and lessen the financial impact of disasters on the nation.

  • Mission Support: Provides overall administrative and information technology support for the day-to-day operations of the Regional office, disaster requirements, administration of various communications programs, and GIS support.

  • Grants and National Preparedness: Provides the financial management of all Region II disaster and non-disaster grants and the programmatic management of regionalized preparedness grants.

  • Caribbean Area Division (CAD): Delivers efficient FEMA support to the governments and residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Based in San Juan, the CAD functions as a satellite office for Region II and provides a permanent FEMA presence in the area. The CAD enables FEMA to significantly reduce the response time to a local disaster and assures expedited service of FEMA’s funded projects in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • External Affairs: Coordinates and manages internal employee communications and external communications to the public, media, federal, state and local, tribal nation and private sector stakeholders.

Mailing Address, Telephone, Email

FEMA Region II

Mailing Address: United States Postal Service (USPS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA Region II
26 Federal Plaza
Suite 1307
New York, NY 10278

Mailing Address: UPS/FedEx (Overnight Services)

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA Region II
One World Trade Center
52 Floor – Mail Room
New York, NY 10007

Physical Address:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA Region II
One World Trade Center
New York, NY 10007

Email: FEMA-R2-ExternalAffairs@fema.dhs.gov

 

Puerto Rico and U. S. Virgin Islands

Mailing Address:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA Region II
Caribbean Division
P.O. Box 70105
San Juan, PR 00936-0105

Physical Address:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA Region II
Caribbean Division
New San Juan Office Building
159 Calle Chardon, 6th Floor
Hato Rey, PR 00918

Media Contact

For inquiries about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico:

For all other regional inquiries please email FEMA-R2-ExternalAffairs@fema.dhs.gov,  “Attention: Don Caetano” in the subject line.

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Community and Voluntary Organizations

Please contact FEMA-R2-ExternalAffairs@fema.dhs.gov with “Attention: Don Caetano” in the subject line.

Speaking Requests

Please contact FEMA-R2-ExternalAffairs@fema.dhs.gov with “Attention: Speaker’s Bureau” in the subject line.

Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests may be submitted by emailing FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov.

FOIA requests may also be submitted through the U.S. mail to:

FEMA FOIA Officer
1800 S. Bell St., Fourth Floor, Mail Stop 3005
Arlington, VA 20598-3005

To submit requests for records from other Department of Homeland Security components, please see the DHS FOIA website.

Additional information on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, reports, and requests are available on FEMA's FOIA website.

Last Updated: 
12/20/2017 - 22:26