NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – FEMA is warning that personal data shared with a contractor that supports its transitional shelter assistance program may have been stolen, and this breach may affect those who applied for help after Superstorm Sandy.
The data breach may affect 2.5 million people.READ MORE: Judge Lifts Temporary Pause On Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers And Other City Workers, Who Now Must Be Vaccinated By Monday
Anyone who applied for temporary housing help between 2008 and 2018 may be affected. Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012.READ MORE: 'I Want A Proper Education': Some NYC Public School Students With Medical Exemptions From In-Person Instruction Feel They're Falling Behind
In most of the cases, the breach includes banking information.
FEMA is providing 18 months of free credit monitoring for anyone affected.MORE NEWS: Mattress Giveaway In Queens Highlights Depth Of Need That Remains 3 Weeks After Ida
For more information about the privacy breach, see FEMA.gov/survivor-privacy-incident.