$2 billion provided to NY survivors by FEMA, SBA

$2 billion provided to NY survivors by FEMA, SBA

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NEW YORK, NY – March 1, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration have approved more than $2 billion in direct assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. This includes:

  • Nearly $918 millionin FEMA grants approved for individuals and households
    • More than $793 million for housing assistance
    • More than $124 million for other needs
  • More than $1.1 billion in SBA disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and businesses

Other assistance:

  • More than $717 million approved in FEMA Public Assistance grants to communities and eligible nonprofit organizations that serve the public
  • More than $2.6 billion in National Flood Insurance Program payments made to policy holders
  • 5.3 million cubic yards of debris removed
  • 269,192 people contacted FEMA for help or information
  • 180,406 housing inspections completed
  • 164,194 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers
  • More than 500 voluntary agencies involved in recovery
  • 25 languages used to communicate assistance information to survivors

Individuals can register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or TTY 800-462-7585. The phone lines operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week.

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On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation

Contact:

1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362)

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