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Weekly Wrap Up: Our Journey Forward

Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on

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Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on

Storm Relief Update: On Saturday, the President met with FEMA leaders and Cabinet officers in Washington DC to ensure all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy know that help is available for them. He asked all Americans to spread the word that anyone looking for assistance—from housing to childcare, medicine and other resources—should call 800-621-FEMA. Watch the President’s full remarks here.

Rebuilding Businesses after the Storm: Earlier this week, the Small Business Administration encouraged business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy to apply for SBA disaster assistance. SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills explained, “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.” Businesses of any size, as well as homeowners and renters in areas within a disaster declaration (New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut), may be eligible to apply for SBA disaster assistance. Learn more about SBA disaster assistance here.

FEMA on the Ground: On Tuesday, FEMA personnel continued working alongside state and local partners with disaster response and recovery operations throughout the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. They also began preparing additional resources for the Nor’easter storm. FEMA community relations teams started knocking on doors to inform individuals of available financial assistance registration information for financial assistance from FEMA. Learn more about FEMA assistance here.

Department of Transportation Assistance: With hurricane recovery efforts underway, the Department of Transportation is also working with state and local officials to help commuters get where they need to go  and ensure families have access to housing and other resources. The Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the American Association of State Highway Officials have combined their efforts to permit carriers moving temporary mobile housing units from Maryland and Alabama to New Jersey. Read Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s blog post here.

Veterans Day: This Sunday, November 11 marks Veterans Day. It is a time to show appreciation for the men and women who have served and sacrificed their lives for our country. Tune in to on Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 am EST to watch the President and First Lady pay tribute to Arlington National Cemetery.