(Entrada de blog en español / Spanish blog post)
Paramus, NJ, August 31, 2011 -- FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino talking with residents staying at a shelter due to Hurricane Irene. FEMA is working with state, local, territorial and tribal partners to assess damages in states affected by Hurricane Irene.
Prattsville, NY, August 31, 2011 -- Disaster survivors congregate outside a mobile disaster recovery center as they apply for federal disaster assistance. FEMA is providing assistance to individuals and business owners in New York affected by the flooding from Irene.
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene. FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected.
Over the past several days, President Obama has declared major disaster declarations for the states of North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and emergency declarations for North Carolina, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont, making available federal resources to support response efforts. Prior to Irene's making landfall on the East Coast Saturday, FEMA deployed teams and resources along the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine.
In advance of Irene moving through the territories earlier last week, FEMA deployed teams to both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to coordinate directly with local officials on the ground. At the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, FEMA continues to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to respond to the aftermath of Irene. The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities, to date, to support these territories, states, families and communities.
Friday, September 2
- Today, President Obama has amended the existing emergency declaration for Connecticut due to Irene to include individual assistance for residents, which could include temporary housing, repairs, and medical, dental and funeral expenses, personal property and transportation. Residents and businesses in those areas may apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
- Federal, state and tribal personnel continue preliminary damage assessments in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut and Maine. These assessments are designed to give the governor of each state a better picture of damages, and to determine if a request for further federal support is needed.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is coordinating with state partners to provide post-storm response and recovery safety and health hazard information to key stakeholders in local, state and federal agencies as well as the private sector. One of OSHA's primary initial focuses has been to prevent injuries associated with electric power restoration; the agency has been working closely with local utilities and their mutual aid partners.
- FEMA conducts conference calls with congressional delegations from the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Asian, Black and Hispanic Caucuses and FEMA Authorizers and Appropriators to provide updates on ongoing federal response and recovery to Irene.
- In North Carolina and Puerto Rico, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open. These are centers where disaster survivors can meet one-on-one with representatives from state, local, federal and voluntary agencies to learn about disaster assistance programs. As residents continue to return to their homes, more centers will be opening. For more information on locations and hours, contact your local emergency management.
- President Obama amends the major disaster declaration for the state of New York to make individual assistance available to individuals affected in Clinton, Montgomery, Orange, Rockland, Saratoga, Suffolk, Sullivan and Warren counties. The declaration was also amended to make Public Assistance available for Kings County. This amendment makes available assistance for emergency work and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
- As of noon, more than 30,600 disaster survivors across North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Puerto Rico have registered for assistance.
See yesterday's blog post for a recap of earlier federal activities.