Audio: FEMA Administrator Fugate's Nov. 3 Hurricane Sandy update

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency so far has disbursed $107 million worth of individual assistance grants to people affected by Hurricane Sandy, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told reporters during a Nov. 3 call. Scroll down to the media player to listen to the approximately 17 minute call in full.

More than 122,000 individuals have registered to receive FEMA assistance, he said, adding that both numbers are likely to increase.

"There's still people we're trying to reach, make sure they know how to do this," he said.

People in New York and New Jersey whose homes may not have been destroyed or badly damaged but who are still sleeping in shelters because of electricity or natural gas outages at home may be eligible to receive short-term transitional housing assistance – a voucher for a hotel stay, Fugate said. The program provides a voucher for up to a couple of weeks, he added.

More than 18,000 individuals are in shelters, Fugate said.

On the call were:

  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate;
  • Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of disaster services at the Red Cross.

For more:
go to the FEMA Sandy webpage
go to disasterassitance.gov

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