Federal Activities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy


“At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] continues to coordinate federal government assistance — including Department of Defense-provided aid — to support states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy[.]” Involvement in the response to this storm also includes U.S. Northern Command, more than 7,400 National Guard forces deployed across eleven states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Coast Guard, among other federal agencies.

For information relating to recovery efforts and federal assistance, visit this site on Hurricane Sandy created by the Department of Defense. Here you will find news, photos, and videos related to Hurricane Sandy and the response to this devastating storm. The site also provides links to other resources such as the National Guard, FEMA, and Ready.gov.

President Obama has pledged to make the most of federal resources in the response to this hurricane. In his remarks at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., the president affirmed, ‘There are places like Newark, New Jersey, for example, where you’ve got 80, 90 percent of the people without power. We can’t have a situation where that lasts for days on end. And so my instructions to the federal agency has been, do not figure out why we can’t do something; I want you to figure out how we do something. I want you to cut through red tape. I want you to cut through bureaucracy. There’s no excuse for inaction at this point. I want every agency to lean forward and to make sure that we are getting the resources […] where they’re needed as quickly as possible.”

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