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Breezy Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- Signs of hope hang from the charred remains of a tree. FEMA is providing ongoing support and resources to the Queens, NY community. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents of the Far Rockaways and Breezy Point. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents of the Far Rockaways and Breezy Point. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- Town of Ramapo Tree and Mulch Operation at the Saddle River Pool, in Chestnut Ridge, NY. FEMA is providing public assistance for clean up and recovery to municipalities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA officials tour Breezy Point, NY with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents of the Far Rockaways and Breezy Point. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Long Island, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2012 -- Disability Integration Advisor Mike Houston demonstrates FEMA iPad with accessibility features to Seaford, NY Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) manager Marcia Guzman. All DRCs have iPads with apps to help survivors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing communicate. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Stony Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- Pier repair and pile driving at Stony Point Bay Marina. FEMA is providing assistance and support to residents of Rockland County, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents of the Far Rockaways and Breezy Point. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

South Ferry, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2012 -- Repair and restoration is in progress for the escalators at South Ferry Terminal to the 1 and R subways. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Piermont, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- FEMA is providing individual assitance to Hurricane Sandy survivors in Piermont, NY. T & R Marina of Piermont, lost boats from their moorings during the tidal surge, which then floated onto River Road, and crashed into neighboring residential homes and properties. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 20, 2012 -- The Army Corps of Engineers is removing the remains of a home in Staten Island, NY, which floated off of its foundation during Hurricane Sandy, and settled in the middle of the street, blocking through traffic. Only the second floor and attic remain after the storm. FEMA is providing Public Assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of Staten Island, NY neighborhoods affected by tidal surge storm damages. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Piermont, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- Local residents and business owners, Vanessa Saunders and Tim Bartz, along with their Service Dog Dwight, received FEMA assistance when they lost their home on the Hudson River during the storm. FEMA is providing individual assistance to Hurricane Sandy survivors in Piermont, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Long Island, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2012 -- Disability Integration Advisor Mike Houston demonstrates iPad with accessibility features to Long Beach Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Manager Carey Worthen. All FEMA DRCs are equipped with accessible communication equipment including iPads that offer Video Remote Interpreting. Video Remote Interpreting allows survivors who use American Sign Language to have a real-time video conference with a FEMA operator. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

South Ferry, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2012 -- South Ferry Terminal stairway to the R train platform. Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers are active repairing track hardware damaged by flooding. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Stony Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- FEMA visits with James E. Foland, supervisor of the Stony Point Bay Marina on the Hudson River in Stony Point, New York, to receive a guided tour of clean up efforts. A few of the many dozens of boats damaged by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is providing assistance and support to businesses and residents of Rockland County, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 28, 2012 -- FEMA partners, Guardians of Rescue, are providing assistance to residents and pet owners of Staten Island, NY, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many pets are receiving veterinary care at Boulevard Veterinary Group in Staten Island, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- FEMA is providing public assistance for clean up and recovery to municipalities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Town of Ramapo Tree and Mulch Operation at the Saddle River Pool, in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 20, 2012 -- The Army Corps of Engineers is removing the remains of a home in Staten Island, NY, which floated off of its foundation during Hurricane Sandy, and settled in the middle of the street, blocking through traffic. Only the second floor and attic remain after the storm. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of Staten Island, NY neighborhoods affected by tidal surge storm damages. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

South Ferry, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2012 -- Turnstiles at South Ferry Terminal to the 1 and R subways. Repair and restoration in progress. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) volunteers assist residence in raising a Christmas tree on the remaining foundation of a home. FEMA is providing ongoing support and resources to the Queens, NY community. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Long Island, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2012 -- All FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are equipped with accessible communication equipment, including magnifiers for people with low vision, information on disaster assistance in braille and audio recordings that offer instructions on how to apply for FEMA assistance. Additional equipment includes amplifiers and assistive listening devices for the hard-of-hearing and CapTel phones that display text. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents of the Far Rockaways and Breezy Point. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents of the Far Rockaways and Breezy Point. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 28, 2012 -- FEMA partners, Guardians of Rescue, are providing assistance to residents and pet owners of Staten Island, NY, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Local residents are fostering and caring for dozens of displaced pets. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Long Island, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2012 -- Disability Integration Advisor Mike Houston demonstrates iPad with accessibility features to Long Beach Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) worker Gwendolyn Bird. All DRCs are equipped with iPads that have apps to help survivors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing communicate. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents. Students offer signs of support to the Far Rockaway and Breezy Point communities. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 28, 2012 -- FEMA partners, Guardians of Rescue, are providing assistance to residents and pet owners of Staten Island, NY, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Local residents are fostering and caring for dozens of displaced pets. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing Public Assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, who's fire house is providing support and food services to local residents of the Far Rockaways and Breezy Point. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- Debris from the fire that occurred in Breezy Point as a result of Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is providing ongoing support and resources to the Queens, NY community. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

South Ferry, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2012 -- South Ferry Terminal stairway to the R train platform. Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers are active repairing track hardware damaged by flooding. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- The close-knit community of Breezy Point lost more than one hundred homes to fire during Hurricane Sandy. Several vehicles were burned in the fire. FEMA is providing ongoing support and resources to the Queens, NY community. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

South Ferry, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2012 -- The dark line on map of Manhattan between Canal Street and Chambers street, shows the high water mark at the South Ferry Terminal stairway to the 1 and R subways. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Stony Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- FEMA is providing assistance and support to businesses and residents of Rockland County, NY affected by Hurricane Sandy. The walkway bridge at Haverstraw Bay 9/11 Memorial Park was severely damaged by the storm tidal surge on the Hudson River. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Piermont, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- FEMA is providing individual assistance to Hurricane Sandy survivors in Piermont, NY. Local residents and business owners, Vanessa Saunders and Tim Bartz received FEMA assistance when they lost their home along River Road, on the Hudson River during the storm. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Stony Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- Ba Mar Basin manufactured homes park on the Hudson River in Stony Point , New York. Waterfront homes on Stony Point Bay were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is providing assistance and support to residents of Rockland County, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- The close-knit community of Breezy Point lost more than one hundred homes to fire during Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is providing ongoing support and resources to the Queens, NY community. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 28, 2012 -- FEMA partners, Guardians of Rescue, are providing assistance to residents and pet owners of Staten Island, NY, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many pets are receiving veterinary care at Boulevard Veterinary Group in Staten Island, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Long Island, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2012 -- Disability Integration Advisor Mike Houston demonstrates iPad with accessibility features to Long Beach Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) worker Gwendolyn Bird. All FEMA DRCs are equipped with accessible communication equipment including iPads that offer Video Remote Interpreting. Video Remote Interpreting allows survivors who use American Sign Language to have a real-time video conference with a FEMA operator. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 -- The Army Corps of Engineers is continuing coordination of sand screening, sifting and remediation at Jacob Riis Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid in the cleanup and restoration of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012 -- FEMA visits with Chief Richard Colleran of Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services,who's fire house is servicing the local community as a supply and food bank. All of the fire truck bays are stocked with supplies. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Stony Point, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012 -- FEMA is providing assistance and support to residents of Rockland County, NY affected by Hurricane Sandy. Waterfront homes on Stony Point Bay were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2013 -- Flat Stella and Flat Stanley visit the FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Queens, NY to attend meetings with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne, FEMA partners and associates. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Suffern, N.Y., Jan. 10, 2013 -- FEMA For Kids promotes emergency preparedness at Lime Kiln Elementary in Suffern, NY by teaching students how to create an emergency supply kit. In addition, emergency safety related books, pamphlets websites are provided to students and staff during the safety preparedness question and answer session. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 28, 2013 -- Image of disaster preparedness activities and information designed specifically for kids and parents. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 5, 2013 -- FEMA partners with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to provide disaster assistance awareness to Hurricane Sandy survivors. Signage at bus stops throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City promote FEMA aid programs. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2013 -- Architect Thomas Paino of Long Island City, NY, elevates 3 floors of his row house to move the basement level out of the floodplain. In addition, the house has benefited from the work of structural engineers and sustainability architects who are making major energy efficiency modifications. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

N.Y., Jan. 23, 2013 -- A disaster survivor is registering for assistance on their Apple smartphone using disasterassistance.gov. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., April 16, 2013 -- Federal Coordinating Officer, Michael Byrne, addresses FEMA Corps at the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Forest Hills, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2013 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Byrne, gives an Emergency Management presentation to students and faculty at The Louis Armstrong Middle School - IS 227Q in Flushing, New York. Mr. Bryne shows a FEMA emergency response video and conducts a question and answer session, covering topics from the Hurricane Sandy response by FEMA, to what it was like working as a New York City Firefighter (FDNY) and growing up in New York with a family dedicated to public service. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Suffern, N.Y., Jan. 10, 2013 -- FEMA For Kids promotes emergency preparedness at Lime Kiln Elementary in Suffern, NY by teaching students how to create an emergency supply kit. In addition, emergency safety related books, pamphlets websites are provided to students and staff during the safety preparedness question and answer session. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Jan. 12, 2013 -- FEMA partners with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to provide disaster assistance awareness to Hurricane Sandy survivors. Signage installations at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal will promote FEMA aid programs. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., June 26, 2013 -- FEMA is on hand to provide flood plain management information to Staten Island residents during NYC Rebuild's "Build it Back" Staten Island South Shore Open House Forum. FEMA mitigation teams are collaborating with the NYC Recovery group's efforts to inform and assist homeowners seeking to repair and rebuild their homes in a more resilient way in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2013 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Byrne, gives an Emergency Management presentation to students and faculty at The Louis Armstrong Middle School - IS 227Q in Flushing, New York. Mr. Bryne shows a FEMA emergency response video and conducts a question and answer session, covering topics from the Hurricane Sandy response by FEMA, to what it was like working as a New York City Firefighter (FDNY) and growing up in New York with a family dedicated to public service. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Far Rockaway, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2013 -- FEMA Neighborhood Task Force Initiative members take to the field to meet with residents in Rockaway and Breezy Point, NY to address ongoing and unmet needs. By combining the forces of several departments and technology in the field, including Community Relations, Individual Assistance, FEMA Corps and volunteer agencies, FEMA is able to immediately assist Hurricane Sandy survivors who may still be lacking in aid information and resources. Several local business, including coffee shops and medical facilities, are in use as public outreach centers where survivors can have needs and concerns addressed directly by FEMA personnel. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Fire Island, N.Y., March 13, 2013 -- FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are conducting debris removal and cleanup of Fire Island communities heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Due to the limited accessibility of the barrier island, USACE is using barges to haul debris for disposal. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins residential debris removal of houses fully destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, NY. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid partners in the cleanup of Breezy Point and the Rockaways in Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) joint operations with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for public Right of Way (ROW) debris removal and back-filling continues in areas of Staten Island heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including Kissam Avenue and the Kissam West Wetlands. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) joint operations with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for public Right of Way (ROW) debris removal and back-filling continues in areas of Staten Island heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including Kissam Avenue and the Kissam West Wetlands. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Fire Island, N.Y., March 13, 2013 -- FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are conducting debris removal and cleanup of Fire Island communities heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Due to the limited accessibility of the barrier island, USACE is using barges to haul debris for disposal. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting personal property debris removal from the more than 100 homes destroyed by fires in Breezy Point, NY during Hurricane Sandy. Operations are being conducted overnight to expedite the cleanup work and to minimize construction-related traffic delays. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., April 1, 2013 -- Hurricane Sandy first responders and volunteers were honored at Citi Field during the pre-game ceremony for Mets opening day. More than 500 first responders to Hurricane Sandy lined up on the field for the national anthem, including FEMA representatives, police, firefighters, military personnel and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

New York, N.Y., Feb. 13, 2013 -- FEMA Disability Integration Specialists along with Federal, State, public and community-based organizations, are making sure persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, are achieving full inclusion in disaster preparedness planning and community recovery activities. FEMA meets with experts and advocates to better understand the actual needs of the community in emergency preparedness and disaster response and recovery. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2013 -- As part of the Green Initiative Program at the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Queens, NY, Green Team members stage Roaming Kermit signs to make employees aware of recycling requirements. (From left to right) Elsa Villaneuva, Gladys Lopez, Dawn Tiexeira, Cheryl Catchings and Erin Anderson. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Suffern, N.Y., Jan. 10, 2013 -- FEMA For Kids promotes emergency preparedness at Lime Kiln Elementary in Suffern, NY by teaching students how to create an emergency supply kit. In addition, emergency safety related books, pamphlets and websites are provided to students and staff during the safety preparedness question and answer session. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2013 -- Architect Thomas Paino of Long Island City, NY, elevates 3 floors of his row house to move the basement level out of the floodplain. Beam pockets are raised 3 feet on each of the floors. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Jan. 12, 2013 -- FEMA partners with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to provide disaster assistance awareness to Hurricane Sandy survivors. Signage installations at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal will promote FEMA aid programs. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

New York, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2013 -- A disaster survivor is registering for assistance on their Apple device using disasterassistance.gov. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2013 -- Architect Thomas Paino of Long Island City, NY, elevates 3 floors of his row house to move the basement level out of the floodplain. In addition, the house has benefited from the work of structural engineers and sustainability architects who are making major energy efficiency modifications. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2013 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Byrne, gives an Emergency Management presentation to students and faculty at The Louis Armstrong Middle School - IS 227Q in Flushing, New York. Mr. Bryne shows a FEMA emergency response video and conducts a question and answer session, covering topics from the Hurricane Sandy response by FEMA, to what it was like working as a New York City Firefighter (FDNY) and growing up in New York with a family dedicated to public service. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2013 -- Flat Stella and Flat Stanley visit the FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Queens, NY to attend meetings with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne, FEMA partners and associates. FEMA is working with many federal partners and voluntary organizations to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting personal property debris removal from the more than 100 homes destroyed by fires in Breezy Point, NY during Hurricane Sandy. Operations are being conducted overnight to expedite the cleanup work and to minimize construction-related traffic delays. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Fire Island, N.Y., March 13, 2013 -- FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are conducting debris removal and cleanup of Fire Island communities heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Due to the limited accessibility of the barrier island, USACE is using barges to haul debris for disposal. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting personal property debris removal from the more than 100 homes destroyed by fires in Breezy Point, NY during Hurricane Sandy. Operations are being conducted overnight to expedite the cleanup work and to minimize construction-related traffic delays. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Fire Island, N.Y., March 13, 2013 -- FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are conducting debris removal and cleanup of Fire Island communities heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Due to the limited accessibility of the barrier island, USACE is using barges to haul debris for disposal. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Fire Island, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2013 -- New York Recovery Field Office Commander Lt. Col. John A. Knight, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA debris teams are conducting inspections of each of the approximately 2,200 affected homes in Fire Island to complete private property debris removal assessments. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) joint operations with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for public Right of Way (ROW) debris removal and back-filling continues in areas of Staten Island heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including Kissam Avenue and the Kissam West Wetlands. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) joint operations with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for public Right of Way (ROW) debris removal and back-filling continues in areas of Staten Island heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including Kissam Avenue and the Kissam West Wetlands. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Fire Island, N.Y., March 13, 2013 -- FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are conducting debris removal and cleanup of Fire Island communities heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Due to the limited accessibility of the barrier island, USACE is using barges to haul debris for disposal. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Breezy Point, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins residential debris removal of houses fully destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, NY. FEMA is providing public assistance funds to aid partners in the cleanup of Breezy Point and the Rockaways in Queens, NY. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

New York, N.Y., Feb. 13, 2013 -- FEMA Disability Integration Specialists along with Federal, State, public and community-based organizations, are making sure persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, are achieving full inclusion in disaster preparedness planning and community recovery activities. FEMA meets with experts and advocates to better understand the actual needs of the community in emergency preparedness and disaster response and recovery. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Staten Island, N.Y., June 26, 2013 -- FEMA is on hand to provide flood plain management information to Staten Island residents during NYC Rebuild's "Build it Back" Staten Island South Shore Open House Forum. FEMA mitigation teams are collaborating with the NYC Recovery group's efforts to inform and assist homeowners seeking to repair and rebuild their homes in a more resilient way in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2013 -- Architect Thomas Paino of Long Island City, NY, elevates 3 floors of his row house to move the basement level out of the floodplain. In addition, the house has benefitted from the work of structural engineers and sustainability architects who are making major energy efficiency modifications. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., April 1, 2013 -- Hurricane Sandy first responders and volunteers were honored at Citi Field during the pregame ceremony for Mets opening day. More than 500 first responders to Hurricane Sandy lined up on the field for the national anthem, including FEMA representatives, police, firefighters, military personnel and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 5, 2013 -- FEMA partners with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to provide disaster assistance awareness to Hurricane Sandy survivors. Signage at bus stops throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City promote FEMA aid programs. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 5, 2013 -- FEMA partners with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to provide disaster assistance awareness to Hurricane Sandy survivors. Signage at bus stops throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City promote FEMA aid programs. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

New York, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2013 -- A disaster survivor is registering for assistance on their Apple smartphone using disasterassistance.gov. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., April 10, 2013 -- FEMA employees donate blood at the Forest Hills Joint Field Office (JFO). Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., April 1, 2013 -- Hurricane Sandy first responders and volunteers were honored at Citi Field during the pregame ceremony for Mets opening day. More than 500 first responders to Hurricane Sandy lined up on the field for the national anthem, including FEMA representatives, police, firefighters, military personnel and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., April 1, 2013 -- Hurricane Sandy first responders and volunteers were honored at Citi Field during the pregame ceremony for Mets opening day. More than 500 first responders to Hurricane Sandy lined up on the field for the national anthem, including FEMA representatives, police, firefighters, military personnel and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Queens, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2013 -- Architect Thomas Paino of Long Island City, NY, elevates 3 floors of his row house to move the basement level out of the floodplain. In addition, the house has benefited from the work of structural engineers and sustainability architects who are making major energy efficiency modifications. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2013 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Byrne, gives an Emergency Management presentation to students and faculty at The Louis Armstrong Middle School - IS 227Q in Flushing, New York. Mr. Bryne shows a FEMA emergency response video and conducts a question and answer session, covering topics from the Hurricane Sandy response by FEMA, to what it was like working as a New York City Firefighter (FDNY) and growing up in New York with a family dedicated to public service. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Flushing, N.Y., April 1, 2013 -- Hurricane Sandy first responders and volunteers were honored at Citi Field during the pregame ceremony for Mets opening day. More than 500 first responders to Hurricane Sandy lined up on the field for the national anthem, including FEMA representatives, police, firefighters, military personnel and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Andre R. Aragon/FEMA