I was wondering what HUD is doing re Hurricane Sandy, given the fact that the Sec. of HUD has been given the lead role for recovery for the first time in history. The agency has a page of its website devoted to Hurricane Sandy, but I was disappointed at the results. I was hoping to see some discussion of a strategic approach to recovery , progress to date, or some of the future concerns for the two states where the most damage has occurred, NY and NJ. But the majoring of the postings have to do with foreclosure rules and details about the CDBG program.
I did find some information about how HUD allocated the initial round of CDBG money to 6 states affected by H. Sandy. See this article on Feb. 12. If readers know of any more informative sources about HUD’s efforts, please let me know.
There is a website for the HUD Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, but the info is about 2 months old. .
Thanks also to a reader for this source: U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Dec. 5, 2013. Setting Up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. It contains the testimony of Craig Fuguate, DEMA Director, and and Sec. Donovan of HUD. Fugate discusses the National Disaster Recovery Framework on pages 6-8 of his testimony.Donovan discusses his lead role on recovery on pages 4-5 of his testimony.
OTHER EFFORTS – FEMA AND THE RED CROSS:
I do not mean to belittle the efforts the federal agencies have made. These numbers from FEMA on Feb. 22nd are significant:
Here are some details re recovery efforts by the American Red Cross, as of March 2.