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
|Public Assistance Grants by Project Type
||In Development Grants
|Rapid Repairs (Emergency Repairs for Private Residences)
|All Other Types
1. Total does not include 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 three quarters of 2014, the City has reached important agreements with FEMA worth $1.6 billion in funding for critical repairs and resiliency upgrades for damaged infrastructure.
New York Aquarium will be repaired. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will receive $72 million to replace damage and destroyed infrastructure and exhibit contents at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. This will include $22 million for mitigation measures to strengthen the Aquarium against future disasters. The Aquarium is still awaiting approval by FEMA on a number of additional grants to help pay for building and exhibitry damage.
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 100 miles (500,000 feet) of electrical conduit will be replaced. $158 million1 will fund conduit replacement for FDNY fire control boxes, $120 million for DEP water treatment facilities, $85 million for conduit replacement at NYCEDC’s waterside properties, $38 million for DOT street lighting and traffic controls, and over $100 million will fund conduit replacement at facilities of DOC, NYPD, DSNY, DPR, 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 Q3 2014, $45 million in grants have been approved for damaged vehicles.
Grant awards for recovery work. $1.1 billion in agreements for new funding were approved by the City in the first three quarters of 2014, including $5 million for a temporary health clinic to serve Coney Island residents. 273 separate agreements were made, including 78 agreements representing over $1 million each.
The three agencies with the most new funding were:
Department of Parks and Recreation: $501 million in new funding, including $462 million described above for Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, 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: $159 million in new funding, including $131 million for Bellevue Hospital described 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: $72.2 million in new funding, including $23.3 million for street reconstruction, $13.7 million for building damages, $12.8 million for vehicle replacement, and $8.7 million for road resurfacing.
$241 million in reimbursements for completed recovery work were secured in the first three quarters of 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 140 separate payments received by the City in this period, 67 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 finalized and developed. As a result, the $1.1 billion of new grant awards in 2014 reported on this page does not include the additional funding for conduit replacement, estimated at over $500 million.