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Region II: Recovery

This page features information about the Recovery Division and the resources and support it provides.

Recovery staff at Coney Island Waste Water Treatment Plant.
New York, N.Y., Jan. 12, 2017— FEMA's Assistant Administrator for the Recovery Directorate (third from left), along with Region II Recovery Division staff visit the Coney Island Waste Water Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, N.Y. to observe recovery efforts from damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. FEMA photo by K.C. Wilsey.


The Recovery Division's mission is to support communities in rebuilding so individuals, civic institutions, businesses and governmental organizations can return to self-sustainability, normalcy and protect against future hazards.

What We Do

FEMA’s recovery mission is executed through a combination of programs and functions that provide direct and indirect support. Functions include the Stafford Act Declaration process, recovery planning, and implementing programs to assist both individuals and local governments impacted by disasters. The Recovery Division manages and implements programs such as Individual Assistance and Public Assistance. The Division is also responsible for managing Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams, Preliminary Damage Assessments and Disaster Declaration Processing.

The Stafford Act provides the statutory authority by which the Federal government provides disaster and emergency assistance to enable communities to recover. Under the Stafford Act, FEMA coordinates the Federal response, working to support and supplement the efforts and capabilities of Tribal, State and local governments, eligible non-profit organizations and individuals affected by a declared major disaster or emergency.

The success of recovery is dependent on coordinated efforts and initiatives between State, Tribal and local governments; private sector, non-governmental organizations, FEMA and other Federal partners.

Disaster Survivor Assistance

Disaster Survivor Assistance staff member with clipboard taking information from an individual. Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are a professional “force multiplier” that support Federal, State, local, Tribal and Territorial communities in the field. DSA teams provide on-site registration, applicant status checks, expedited delivery of disaster assistance and on-the-spot needs assessments. DSA teams quickly deploy in advance of (or immediately following) a disaster declaration.

DSA’s mission is to build and sustain an expeditionary workforce that can address disaster survivor’s immediate needs by:

  • Establishing a timely presence;
  • Providing in-person, tailored information and services;
  • Providing referrals to Whole Community partners as needed;
  • Collecting targeted information to support decision-making, and
  • Identifying public information needs so critical messages can be prepared and distributed.

Learn more about the Disaster Survivor Assistance Program.

Individual Assistance

Individual Assistance (IA) ensures that disaster survivors have prompt, equal access to a full range of programs and services to expedite and simplify their recovery. IA works through coordination of assistance and partnerships among Federal, Tribal, State, local, Territorial governments; voluntary and non-governmental agencies; and the private sector.

IA functions include:

  • Mass Care/Emergency Assistance: Feeding, sheltering, clothing, medical assistance and reunification of households.
  • Housing: FEMA disaster housing assistance may be provided as financial aid or direct housing assistance. Temporary housing assistance includes financial assistance to rent alternate housing, repair and replacement assistance, direct assistance (typically in the form of manufactured housing) and semi-permanent and permanent construction.
  • Human Services: FEMA coordinates individual, household, and community services recovery programs. These recovery programs provide for:
    • Other Needs Assistance: To repair/replace personal property and pay for transportation, medical, assistive, dental and funeral expenses
    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance
    • Crisis Counseling Program
    • Disaster Legal Services

Learn more about FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program.

Public Assistance

Public Assistance (PA) helps communities recover from the devastating effects of disasters by implementing a survivor-centric approach through technical assistance and financial grants. PA provides federal disaster grants from the Disaster Relief Fund to eligible Tribal, State, local and territorial governments, as well as certain nonprofit organizations. The grants can help fund emergency protective measures; debris removal; and the repair, replacement, or restoration of eligible facilities and infrastructure damaged by the disaster.

Learn more about FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

Region II Recovery Videos

DSATs Survivors First
  • Learn more about Region II Recovery’s survivor-centric mission. Watch in English or Spanish.
Rockaway Boardwalk
  • Learn more about Region II Recovery’s efforts to support the City of New York as it rebuilds the Rockaway Boardwalk post-Hurricane Sandy. Watch here.

Success Stories

New York Department of Sanitation (PW 04357(1))        
June 13, 2017
Project Title: NYC4920 – DSNY Manhattan Facilities M-3, M-3A, M-4A (PW 04357(1))
Declaration Date: 10/30/2012

The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through efficient management of the City’s solid waste and environmentally sound long-range planning to handle New Yorkers recycling and garbage.  DSNY also clears litter, snow and ice from some 6,000 miles of streets, removes debris from vacant lots and clears abandoned vehicles from City streets.

Project Worksheet (PW 04357(1)), Category F, version one (1) provides an additional $1,570,184.42 (90%)  in Federal funding to New York Office of Management and Budget on behalf of the Department of Sanitation for repairs to Pier 36/M-03 support facilities damaged as a direct result of FEMA-4085-DR-NY Hurricane Sandy. The PW includes the repair of damages to the building exteriors as well as to the transformer room, fire pump room, the central office, main bay and the north and south garages.

This PW Version 1 was written to reconcile estimated work completed to actual work completed as of this PW writing, capture work items not included in the original PW version and adds a hazard mitigation proposal (HMP). Additional scope items include damages to the drains and valves in the fire pump room and north mechanic’s garage. The HMP in the amount of $1,675,354.15 allows of the construction of the two (2) dry flood-proofed rooms to protect the central office and fire pump room and to build a raised platforms to elevate mechanicals in the garage. With the obligation of this Version 1 PW, the total eligible project amount is $3,772,299.36 (100%).

This funding is being provided under authority of Section 406 of the Stafford Act.

March 24, 2017
Project Title: UGYND50-Saint John’s residence for Boys (PW 04686(0))
Declaration Date: 10/30/2012

This award (PW 4686) provides $4,757,513.00 in Federal funding to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Affiliates for permanent work repairs to Saint John’s Residence for Boys damaged as a direct result of FEMA-4085-DR-NY Hurricane Sandy. The award amount represents 90% of project costs.
St. John’s Residence for Boys is located in Queens at 144 Beach 111th St, Rockaway Park, New York 11694. The building is owned by The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn & Affiliates and is leased to St. John’s Residence for Boys, a not-for-profit corporation that provides a contemporary educational program serving boys and families at risk.

The 4-story brick school building was constructed in 1948, with the southernmost point of the building positioned just 450 ft. from the Atlantic Ocean. The first floor of the building is at elevation; however, the boiler room was built below ground level. Basement flooding reached 6 ft. 6 in. resulting in loss of the boiler, and the 2 ft. of flooding on the 1st floor damaged tile floors, plaster walls, doors, low-level electrical circuitry, wall paneling, and radiators. The residual water left behind after the flood waters receded caused mold and mildew related problems, as well as moisture related damage to lighting and electrical components, and upper walls and ceilings.

Winds damaged the school’s roofing system and infiltrated air vents allowing water into the rooms and hallways of the 4th floor. Inundation of water into the interior of the building resulted in moisture damage to the ceilings, walls and floors of numerous rooms from the 1st floor to the 4th floor. The high winds also created breaches in classroom windows causing additional wind and rain damage to various rooms throughout the building. A separate, free-standing garage is included in this project.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, founded in 1853, serves the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. It presides over the seventh largest Catholic school network in the United States, with 85 elementary schools and academies that educate more than 27,000 students. The Diocese provides a wide variety of social, educational enrichment, and community service activities.

Project Worksheet PW 4686, in FEMA-DR-4085-NY (Hurricane Sandy) allocates a total project cost of $5,286,125.56 with a 90% Federal share ($4,757,513.00) to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Affiliates, for the repairs to the Saint Johns’ Residence for Boys and garage.


Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Meetings 

  • The New York City VOAD (NYCVOAD) General Meeting occurs the second Wednesday of every odd month in the calendar year.
  • The NYCVOAD Board meeting (invitation only) occurs the second Wednesday of every even month in the calendar year.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Salvation Army
120 W 14th St.

New York, NY 10011

Contact Information

  • Leila Babb, Program Support Analyst, Region II Recovery Division 212-680-8510


  • Heather Smith, Director, Region II Recovery Division
Last Updated: 
03/08/2018 - 16:59