FEMA's Initial Response in New York to Hurricane Sandy   [open pdf - 351KB]

"Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 as a post-tropical cyclone just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm was the second largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with a diameter of tropical storm force winds spanning more than 900 miles. The storm affected one of the most densely populated areas in the northeastern United States, resulting in loss of life, major flooding, structural damage to real property, and loss of power throughout the region. The President declared an emergency on October 28, 2012, and declared a major disaster on October 30, 2012 for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance in seven counties in New York. A major snowstorm occurred 9 days later, causing additional damage and power outages. FEMA is providing 90 percent Federal funding for this disaster with the exception of 100 percent Federal funding for 15 days after Hurricane Sandy struck for emergency power restoration and emergency public transportation. […] FEMA provided an effective and efficient response to the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. In its response, FEMA proactively prepared for Hurricane Sandy, overcame operational and staffing challenges, overcame resource shortfalls, used a variety of sourcing mechanisms, and effectively coordinated response activities. As of April 2, 2013, FEMA had-- [1] Obligated $459 million in mission assignments to 39 Federal agencies to support FEMA and the State of New York with resources, such as emergency medical personnel and assistance with debris clearance and power restoration; [2] Registered more than 270,000 Individual Assistance applicants; and [3] Obligated more than $806 million for Public Assistance."

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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-13-124
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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