Cross-posted from the FEMA Blog.
FEMA currently has more than 5,100 personnel working alongside our state and local partners. We are supporting disaster response and recovery operations throughout the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We’re also standing ready to deploy additional resources if needed to respond to the Nor’easter that is forecasted to impact the region in the coming days. This new coastal storm is predicted to impact the region beginning after midnight Tuesday with impacts continuing Wednesday and into Thursday.
We have senior-level emergency management experts in operations, logistics, and recovery embedded, side-by-side with state and local emergency managers throughout New York and New Jersey to ensure clear lines of communication and immediately bring to bear the full resources of the federal government, as needed to respond to the Nor’easter or continue to the recovery efforts from Sandy.
FEMA personnel are on the ground (we call them community relations teams), going door to door, letting individuals know how to register with FEMA for financial assistance. We have already had over 277,000 people apply for financial assistance, and over $250 million in approved.
At the requests of New York and New Jersey, FEMA is delivering commodities such as food, water, blankets, and generators to distribution points across the region impacted by Sandy, and as those commodities are distributed, we are pre-positioning additional resources and supplies to ensure they are in place if needed by our state and local partners to respond to the Nor’easter.
Given that power outages continue in some areas, in anticipation of the approaching Nor’easter, state and local governments are opening warming stations. You can find out more about those state and local preparations by visiting publically available links maintained by state and local governments that list resources such as open shelters and warming stations, including:
New York State
If you are in the potentially impacted area for the Nor’easter, there are some simple steps you should take to prepare, including listening to the directions of your local officials – if told to evacuate, you need to evacuate. In addition, know the forecast for your area: you can listen to your NOAA weather radio and local news reports, or visit weather.gov for conditions in your area. And finally, check on your neighbor to make sure that are also prepared for the weather.
For additional safety tips, visit Ready.gov.
By working together, we can recover, we can rebuild, and we will respond to this Nor’easter as needed.