Update on Recovery Efforts by HUD, FEMA, and the Red Cross re H. Sandy

 

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.

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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.

Bold Move: HUD Secretary to Manage Recovery Process After Sandy in NY & NJ

 

In an interesting departure from tradition, the HUD Secretary will manage the long-term recovery in NY and NJ. See: Obama Visits Storm-Ravaged Areas in New York, Nov. 15.

President Obama said Thursday that he was assigning Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a former New York City official, to oversee the New York area’s longterm recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

The press release from the White House on Nov. 15 can be accessed here.

See also CQ on Nov. 15th: “HUD Secretary to Head Long-Term Sandy Recovery. ” This service is copyrighted so I cannot link it.  A few excerpts:

… Obama announced Thursday that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun  onovan will head federal efforts to help state government develop and implement their long-term redevelopment
plans after superstorm Sandy.

Obama said he wanted one person at the federal level in charge of the rebuilding process.  Shaun Donovan … used to be the head of the New York Housing Authority – so he knows a little bit about New York and building….”

Noc. 17th. Donovan may be responsible for all of the north east states with disaster declarations.  It is not clear yet, but there an an article from the L.A. Times on the topic.

Nove. 15: another take today by BusinessWeek.

This is an option that has been discussed in Washington for at least two years that I know of.  It will be an interesting change to watch.  How will the HUD  Secretary relate to the Federal Coordinating Officer who is the lead officials for FEMA?
If anyone out there has more details, please write in.