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Superstorm Sandy Update: SBA Coordinating with Our Federal Partners

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Superstorm Sandy Update: SBA Coordinating with Our Federal Partners

By James Rivera, SBA Official
Published: October 30, 2012 Updated: March 7, 2013

Many communities are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, including power outages and flooding. The importance of listening to instructions and safety information from your local officials and FEMA cannot be understated.

Federal response teams are already providing assistance to affected communities. SBA is closely coordinating with our federal partners to share information in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

  • For the latest on the Federal government’s response to Sandy, you can read FEMA’s blog or follow updates on Twitter.
  • If you need emergency shelter, you can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, or check your local media outlets. You should also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. Finally, you can download the FEMA smartphone app or text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard rates apply
  • If you’re not in an affected area, please consider donating blood, because numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SBA plays an important role in disaster recovery efforts for businesses and homeowners. As disaster assessments and declarations are made, various SBA disaster recovery loan programs become available to eligible applicants. We will continue to highlight these programs as communities turn to longer-term recovery efforts.

For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit or call our disaster assistance center at 1-800-659-2955.

About the Author:

James Rivera
James Rivera

SBA Official

James Rivera was named Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance in November 2009 after serving for several months as Acting Associate Administrator. In a typical year, his office approves about 20,000 loans totaling about $1 billion. This is the SBA’s sole direct lending program.


This is good information, thank you very much!
take the measures in preliminary work when a storm comes.
Great article James. I was actually in Toms River two days after the storm happened. What a mess! I was there for about a month helping with cleanup and restoration. Some of those people lost everything. It was very sad.
The impact of natural disasters, flooding is not possible to foresee all the consequences, however, with the advent of SBA carries a great responsibility to protect the safety of society, the SBA has always played an important role in overcoming the natural disasters caused by natural social community to help avoid the loss of manpower and effort, bring peaceful life for the community.
Terrible natural disaster. Take the measures in preliminary work when a storm comes.
I really like what you said, I wish these words would come to them :)
I want to take this opportunity to show solidarity with all those affected by this super storm and send a very affectionate greeting from Spain.
Thanks for the kind thoughts, David!

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