By some estimates, two-thirds of businesses on the peninsula are still closed after Hurricane Sandy. Some of those that are operating are suffering because their customer base has been displaced.
The city’s evacuation zone maps used 2003 data. Some federal maps may have predicted a wider area of flooding. But scientists also made Sandy storm-surge predictions that were dwarfed when the tropical system rolled in.
FEMA’s deputy federal coordinating officer for Hurricane Sandy in New York speaks about FEMA’s work in the city and warns homeowners about scams.
New York and Connecticut have set up health exchanges and are waiting for approval. But in New Jersey, a state with a Republican governor, the exchange is not a sure thing.
Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel told NJ Today that FEMA has sufficient funds to take care of the needs of the Garden State. So far, Vogel said a quarter of a billion dollars has been granted to individual families.