October 25, 2013
Rutgers-Newark Report: Superstorm Sandy Recovery Short $28.3 Billion; Pain Spread Across NJ
(NEWARK, NJ) — On the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey towns and residents across the state still face $28.3 billion in unmet recovery needs, according to a new report from Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration.
The report finds that the storm cost New Jersey more than $37.1 billion statewide, including $13.6 billion in direct physical and economic damage, plus $23.5 billion in remediation costs. Recovery assistance has met only a fraction of these costs, according to the report’s author, Rutgers University Assistant Professor Stephanie Hoopes Halpin, Ph.D. Through this report, Halpin reveals that damage was far more widespread than has been understood to date, stretching beyond the coastal communities and disproportionately affecting low- and moderate-income families.
“We believe this is the most comprehensive cost analysis of the storm so far,” said Marc Holzer, Founding Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark. "It was our goal to give the state objective data that can be used to learn from Sandy and improve the state’s disaster response in the future."
According to data analysis by the NJ DataBank at Rutgers-Newark, there are discrepancies in the number of approvals and amounts awarded for the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) for Hurricane Sandy between New York and New Jersey. While both states have more than 250,000 registrations as of February 4, 2013, the number of applications approved in New York is 112,835. Only half that number, 58,177, have been approved in New Jersey; 43 percent in New York versus 23 percent in New Jersey. In addition, the total amount awarded by FEMA for the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) was $862 million in New York, 2.5 times larger than the total awarded in New Jersey, $342 million. The size of the average IHP award in New York was $7,825, 23 percent higher than the average amount awarded in New Jersey, $6,014.
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