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Sunday, November 11, 2012

#FEMA: Support New York Area Update Facts #Sandy

    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.
  • 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 or via smart phone at 
    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. 

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