The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program to assist property owners in returning to their homes safely and securely. While FEMA reimbursed the New York City for costs associated with the program, the City needed to quickly mobilize contractors to complete the work.

Conti Federal provided all labor and materials required to restore heat, hot water and power and make temporary exterior and internal repairs necessary allowing residents to safely inhabit homes affected by Hurricane Sandy, completing repairs on over 1,300 properties in 80 days. Work focused on residential electrical meters, hot water, and heat and shelter repairs including installing plywood over windows, tarping on roofs and covering damaged doors.

The project called for strong communication, as FEMA and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection required Conti Federal to keep track of all repair operations and report daily. To handle these massive amounts of documentation Conti Federal crews gathered, we integrated a mobile tablet-based Automatic Data Management System into operations, allowing the team to send each other and stakeholder updates instantly.

The rapid response nature of the project required Conti Federal to mobilize and build crews extremely quickly. Conti Federal utilized its resources in New York and New Jersey to set up two quad-trailer mobile offices and build a team of 400 employees in just one month after Notice to Proceed.

Key features of the project included:

  • Rapid response
  • Home repair services
  • Property assessments
  • Debris removal
  • Extensive data management

The Highlights



More than 60,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in late 2012.



Conti Federal completed over 1,300 repairs in less than 3 months.



In 80 days, Conti Federal completed repair work on more than 1,300 properties.



Conti Federal mobilized quickly, building a crew of 400 in a month's time.

“I am grateful for [Conti Federal’s] service, not only helping me and also my neighbors rebuild their lives and American Dream, but also for reinforcing our faith in mankind and in turn bringing light into our darkest moments.”

– New York Resident in a letter to The Conti Group