ACF Region II Assists in New York Disaster Recovery

Since October 2011, ACF Region II has been supporting the new Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) in New York State. The DCMP is assisting in the recovery of the citizens affected by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in August and September 2011.

At the request of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, President Obama signed major disaster declarations for Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, triggering federal disaster assistance programs for disaster survivors and their communities.

The New York State Office of Emergency Management requested the DCMP to supplement support for disaster survivors. Fully funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and works under the leadership of the Unmet Needs Committee of the NYS Disaster Preparedness Commission.

DCMP Team PhotoDisaster case managers work in hard-hit communities, together with local government agencies such as county Offices for the Aging and Social Services, voluntary agencies and emergency managers to help disaster survivors obtain recovery assistance.  Team members are working one-on-one with clients who would like support to assess unmet needs, provide referrals and follow-ups to multiple resources, and help clients map out their roads to recovery.

Glen Karpovich, the ACF Region II, Regional Emergency Management Specialist (REMS) has been in FEMA’s Albany Joint Field Office (JFO) on and off since October as the ACF Liaison. Since the start of the program over 1,100 families have been assisted.

Pictured: LCDR Jonathon White, OHSEPR HQ, Kim Burgo VP, CCUSA, Glen Karpovich, ACF Region II, Katey Walsh, FEMA Region II, Chuck Latham, NYS OTDA and Capt. Mary Riley, Director  OHSEPR HQ