Resources for Individuals Directly Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
Below is a summary of organizations
providing aid to those impacted by the storm as we have been able to
find out. This information may be of assistance to you, family,
friends, colleagues or clients. Please feel free to provide
this website link as needed.
The UJA-Federation of New York
Funds and coordinates the
Connect-to-Care program, is assisting in relief efforts for those
hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
You may contact their J11 Information
and Referral to learn about ways they may be able to assist.
Much of NYC has been declared eligible
for Individual Assistance up to $31,400; this is direct aid for
losses caused by the Hurricane
that are not covered by insurance.
FEMA has a number of assistance programs that you can speak to them
about, including rental payments for temporary
housing if your house is unlivable, as
well as grants for home repairs and replacement of essential
household items. Unemployment payments may
also become available to assist
workers who temporarily lost their jobs because of the storm. For
programs related to your home, we've been
told you should register with FEMA
first (I'll repeat the number below), then call your insurance
company. FEMA will come out after your
insurance company, and they will need
to know the company's damage estimates.
Phone: 1-800-621-3362 or TTY
The Red Cross is making medical
supplies and medicines available for those who need them or may have
lost theirs in the storm.
They can also provide emergency
shelter and other aid. Please contact them for more information:
Human Resources Administration
If you are a recipient of the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - also known as food
stamps) and food purchased with that
aid was destroyed in the storm, then
the Human Resources Administration may be able to replace your loss.
Currently, you would have to
apply for this by appearing in person
at a Food Stamp Center and filling out form LDSS-2291. You can call
the following number to find out
which centers are closed due to the
NYS Department of Financial
The Governor established a Financial
Services Disaster Hotline for questions related to insurance claims
(be sure to call this number if your insurance
company is trying to charge you a
hurricane deductible).The hotline is staffed Mon-Fri from 8am to
8pm, and Sat-Sun from 9am to 4pm.
Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration
have loan programs to help businesses in declared disaster areas.
For more information and questions on eligibility:
Phone: 1-800-659-2955 or
1-212-264-4354 or 1-404-331-0333
NYC Department of Small Business
Small to Mid sized businesses can seek
emergency business loans, capped at $10,000. For more information,
reach out to a NYC Business Solutions
Account Manager via the link to a
contact form below.
New York Business Development
They are providing disaster loans to
businesses suffering storm or flood damage.
FEMA Disaster Legal Services
If you are facing legal issues from
Hurricane Sandy you can seek legal assistance, whether it is a
matter of employment law, landlord-tenant law,
bankruptcy, or similar issues. They
can also assist with the filing of federal aid claims.
Office of Emergency Management's
Hurricane Sandy Helpline
OEM has provided a general hurricane
helpline for New York State residents. They can provide updated
information on available shelters and other resources.
Claims with New York City
You can file a claim with the City
Comptroller to seek restitution for losses sustained from water
damage (for example the backing up of sewer systems,
or damage from a City tree) or other
property loss related to the City. How to apply:
If you have flood insurance and are
filing a claim then please know that you can take reasonable steps
to protect your property from additional damage.
Save all receipts paid to any
contractor, so they can be part of your total settlement. Photograph
or, if possible, take a video of the damage
both of the property and of damaged
items. You may be asked to keep all damaged items until the adjuster
has visited you to inspect them.
Be aware that most flood insurance
plans require that a claim be made within 30 days.
If you do not have flood insurance
then you should know that FEMA offers a National Flood Insurance
Plan. While this plan would not apply to the
just-passed storm, it would help
protect you against future storms. For information on the plan:
Internal Revenue Service
Tax law provisions may help
individuals and businesses recover financially from the disaster.
Businesses may be able to deduct losses of property
and individuals may be able to deduct
personal property losses not covered by insurance or other
assistance. In some cases, the deductions can
be applied to the prior year's taxes
or tax refunds for the coming year can be expedited. For more