Securing Recovery Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The FEMA Public Assistance program funds storm recovery work by the City,
including emergency response, repairs to damaged infrastructure,
and resiliency upgrades to protect against future storms.
FEMA and the City are working to execute grant agreements that cover all eligible costs of Sandy recovery.
Overview and Key Recent Accomplishments
Assistance Grants by Project Type
||In Development Grants
|Rapid Repairs (Emergency Repairs for Private
|All Other Types
1. Total does not include over $600 million in potential FEMA Public Assistance grants for NYCHA Housing Reconstruction or over $300 million estimated in other federal funding programs, such as the Federal Highway Administration’s and the Federal Transit Administration’s Emergency Relief programs.
Accomplishments to date in 2014
In the first half of 2014, the City has reached important agreements with FEMA worth $1 billion in funding for critical repairs and resiliency upgrades for damaged infrastructure.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk will be replaced and strengthened.
The City will receive $462 million to replace the Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk between Beach 9th Street
and Beach 126th Street in Queens. This will include $199 million for mitigation measures to help the boardwalk
better withstand future disasters, including elevating the boardwalk 3 feet above base flood levels of 13 to 17 feet.
Bellevue Hospital will be repaired.
$131 million will fund repairs of Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. Electric, mechanical, and heating-cooling
systems in the basement that were destroyed by massive flooding will be replaced, and architectural damage from high
winds and driving rain will be fixed. Additional mitigation measures to prevent future damage are under development.
Over 500,000 feet of electrical conduit will be replaced.
$158 million1 will fund conduit replacement for FDNY fire control boxes, $40 million will fund
conduit replacement for DOT street lighting and traffic controls, and over $60 million will fund conduit replacement
at DOC, NYPD, DSNY, and DPR facilities, DEP water treatment facilities, and the New York Aquarium. Given the breadth
of damage caused by Sandy, replacement will be quicker and more cost effective than the standard FEMA methodology of
inspecting each segment to explore the feasibility of cleaning and repair.
Over 200 specialized vehicles will be replaced.
The standard FEMA-PA methodology reimburses governments for the used
“blue book” value of damaged vehicles. However, specialized
vehicles such as fire trucks, police patrol cars, and sanitation trucks
must be custom-built to meet the unique needs of NYC. This agreement between
FEMA and the City provides additional funding to cover the full replacement cost
of vehicles damaged by Sandy. Through Q2 2014, $45 million in grants have been
approved for damaged vehicles.
Grant awards for recovery work. $938 million in agreements for new
funding were approved by the City in Q1 2014 and Q2 2014, including $5 million for a
temporary health clinic to serve Coney Island residents. 181 separate agreements were
made, including 54 agreements representing over $1 million each.
The three agencies with the most new funding were:
Department of Parks and Recreation: $487 million in new funding, including $462 million described above for Rockaway Beach and Boardwark, as well as $5.2 million for sports areas in the Rockaways and $4 million for Ferry Point Soccer Field in the Bronx.
- Health and Hospitals Corporation: $158 million in new funding, including $131 million for Bellevue Hospital describe above, as well as $6.1 million for building repairs, $6 million for equipment replacement, and $1.6 million for mitigation measures, all at Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan.
- Department of Transportation: $65.2 million in new funding, including $23.3 million for street reconstruction, $13.7 million for building
damages, and $8.7 million for road resurfacing.
$129 million in reimbursements for completed
were secured in Q1 2014 and Q2 2014. The largest reimbursement payment in this period was $67 million
for costs related to the Rapid Repairs program which made emergency repairs to damaged homes. Of the
81 separate payments received by the City in this period, 47 were for the Department of Education and
the School Construction Authority, primarily for repairs to damaged schools.
1. The FEMA Public Assistance grants formalizing funding for conduit replacement are currently being developed. As a result, the $938 million of new grant awards reported on this page does not include the additional funding for conduit replacement, estimated at over $258 million.