The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to lead the federal government's effort to provide assistance to states affected by Hurricane Sandy with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveling to Staten Island, N.Y. to meet with state and local officials and view ongoing response and recovery. In addition, and its partners continue push for an aggressive power restoration effort, while the president has approved an extension to the 100% cost share for emergency work performed by state, tribal and local governments through November 14, 2012. The funding was set originally to last 10 days, starting October 31, and specifically applies to work executed to restore emergency power and emergency public transportation assistance, including direct federal assistance for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut counties designated for FEMA public assistance. Other forms of Category B (emergency work) public assistance remain at a 75% cost share.
"More than $455 million has already been approved for individuals to assist with housing and other disaster-related needs," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in a statement. "Impacted residents and business owners in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York should apply for assistance today."