Friday, November 16, 2012

Fwd: Hurricane Sandy Emergency Update

From Bob G.

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Subject: Hurricane Sandy Emergency Update

NYC Citizen Corps Council

Hurricane Sandy
Update: November 16,2012

Dear Partners,
The following information is designed to keep you updated as we recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Below are some general resources to help those recovering from the storm.
As the situation is constantly changing, check our social media sites for the latest information.  Twitter at @NYCOEM and Facebook.
Recovery Assistance 
Rapid Repairs: If your home was damaged due to Hurricane Sandy, you can sign up for City assistance with repairs through the NYC Rapid Repairs Program by going to or calling 311. In order to apply you will need a FEMA ID number, which you can get at For more information, click here.    
NYC Restoration Centers: NYC Restore helps New Yorkers in the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy get access to important information and services to help them recover. The types of assistance provided include NYC Rapid Repairs, food and nutrition assistance, temporary housing information, health and medical benefits, business restoration, counseling services, financial assistance, and personal records and information. Click here for more information.   
Locations Where Prepared Food is Available: To find a list of locations in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island where prepared food is available, click here. 
Federal Disaster Assistance: Anyone affected by Sandy (homeowners, renters, and businesses) should apply for federal disaster assistance as soon as possible. Register at or by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Before you call, be sure to have the following information ready:
  • Address of affected property 
  • Insurance information
  • Social Security Number   
FEMA Public Assistance: FEMA is offering assistance to not-for-profit organizations that may have costs or damages associated with Hurricane Sandy. To apply for FEMA Public Assistance (PA), the first step is to attend an Applicant Briefing being held by FEMA. Briefings will be held at 49 -51 Chambers Street in New York, N.Y. today and Monday at:
  • Friday, November 16
    • Session II: 2pm-4pm  
  • Monday, November 19
    • Session I: 10am - 12pm
    • Session II: 2pm - 4pm    
To RSVP for a FEMA Applicant Briefing, please complete the RSVP form here. Limit two attendees per organization.   
Brooklyn Sandy Relief Legal Clinic: The Brooklyn Sandy Relief Legal Clinic will be staffed by disaster relief-trained law students and volunteer attorneys, who will offer storm-related legal and application assistance in regards to insurance claims, FEMA applications and appeals, public assistance, and housing.
Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Location:  
    • Brooklyn Borough Hall
      209 Joralemon Street
      Room 320
      Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Phone:  
    • 718-802-3890
  • Email:  
  • Hours of operation:
    • Tuesdays: 1- 4PM
    • Thursdays: 9AM-12PM
Post-Storm Resources 
Health Department: As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues, the Health Department urges New Yorkers to protect themselves from health and injury risks during cleanup.
Mobile Medical Vans: Mobile medical vans staffed with primary care providers who will be able to provide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs are now available at several locations in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Locations can be found here     
Insurance Information Institute: For answers to questions regarding insurance policies and claims, check out, a great resource for improving the public's understanding of insurance.  
Shelters: The Hurricane Sandy public shelter system remains open. For an updated list of open shelters, click here.    
Prepare Your Homes for the Winter: Hurricane Sandy has left many homes without heat just as temperatures are dipping below freezing. If your home will be without heat for an extended period of time you should consider hiring a qualified plumber who can safely "winterize" the home by shutting off water and draining the pipes until the heating system can be restored. Failure to do this could result in burst pipes and thousands of dollars in additional water damage. 
Replacement SNAP (formerly food stamps) Benefits for New Yorkers Impacted by Hurricane Sandy: 
New York has received a waiver for areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Current recipients of SNAP will be automatically issued 50 percent of monthly benefits to replace food lost as a result of the storm starting next week. A list of eligible zip codes can be found here.
Small Businesses: For information about services to assist small businesses in recovering from Hurricane Sandy visit:  
Volunteer and Donations
Below are resources that you can use to support local relief efforts:  
  • Cash Donations: Cash donations are the best way to support relief efforts.  To give cash donations visit the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.You can also text NYCFUND to 50555 to give $10 to the Mayor's Fund that will help provide essential aid and supplies to New Yorkers in need. 
  • Volunteer: Visit the NYC Service website ( for the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities throughout the five boroughs.
  • AidMatrix: If you are a company or organization with access to a large volume of items and would like to donate them to the disaster relief effort, visit the AidMatrix portal.  At this site you can match a posted need or make a general offer of supplies. 
  • Give Blood: Giving blood is incredibly helpful right now. For more information visit:
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Emergency Notifications:
NYC Severe Weather:
Mental Health Information
Disaster Distress Helpline: providing immediate counseling to anyone in need. 
Call: 800-985-5990 
Text "TalkWithUS" to 66746
TTY: 800-846-8517
LifeNet (NYC Only):
For residents of the five boroughs.  Multi-lingual, toll-free and confidential crisis hotline.
800-543-3638 (English)
877-990-8585 (Asian)
212-982-5284 (TTY)
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