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Federal Support to New York for the Response to Hurricane Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $361 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster.

FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Nov. 13:

More than 185,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $361 million has been approved.  Of that number more than 96,000 have applied through the online application site at

30 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open in the 13 declared counties.  These include mobile sites as well as fixed sites, and to date more than 15,000 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York.

1,098 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.

1,182 inspectors in the field have completed 49,935 home inspections.

50 Points of Distribution (PODs) are open and providing supplies to the affected residents. 

13 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and 1 Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) team from the Department of Health and Human Services are deployed in New York.

More than 2.4 million liters of water, 1.3 million meals and more than 210 thousand blankets and have been distributed.

New York’s major disaster declaration was amended so that the thirteen declared counties are now approved for Individual Assistance, which can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.       

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has staff members at 9 Business Recovery Centers in the New York area to provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance.

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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.