Sandy Relief Information

Last Updated: November 2013

Emergency Services Available in New York City:

  • NYS Emergency Management:
    • Hurricane Sandy Relief Line: 1-888-769-7243
    • Emergency contact numbers for all of New York State.
  • NY State Hurricane Health Tips:
    • The NYS Governor’s page posts numerous tips for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. There is information on prescription medications, health care insurance information, as well as additional flood related information.

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  • Occupy Sandy Relief
    • Live updates of emergency service sites all over New York City (Live updates).
  • Citymeals:
    • (for Seniors) – Delivers shelf-stable meals to seniors. If you come across senior housing, please notify
  • Food Bank:
    • Link to the Food Bank of New York City’s main page

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  • FEMA:
    • Takes visitors to the main FEMA website.
  • FEMA Housing Portal:
    • The FEMA Housing Portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies in order to help individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live.
  • FEMA NYS Federal Aid Programs:
    • A list of all federal aid programs available to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, including rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable: initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters.
  • Red Cross:
    • Provides shelter, including hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support, and health services like first aid (Updated every 30 minutes).

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Neighborhood-specific Recovery Pages (Updated daily):

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Disaster Aid Available in New York City:

  • Disaster Assistance:
    • An online questionnaire to assess eligibility for government benefits (English and Spanish).
  • National Immigration Law Center:
    • For immigration-status related questions.
  • NYCEDC Back to Business:
    • The City of New York is coordinating various programs and services to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These programs include emergency loans for working capital, repairs/replacement of real estate, equipment, inventory and other business assets. Additional resources include temporary work spaces as well as employee retention and assistance programs to help retain your staff during this time.
  • Property Tax Relief Initiative:
    • New York City has issued an interest-free extension on the next property tax bill for residential properties damaged beyond repair or in need of extensive structural repairs before they can be re-inhabited. The grace period will postpone payments due on January 1, 2013 to April 1, 2013. There is also a proposal to reimburse homeowners for a portion of the property taxes due this Fiscal Year so that the payments more accurately reflect properties’ post-storm values.

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Legal Assistance:

  • Make the Road NY:
    • Free legal assistance for Spanish-speaking and immigrant New Yorkers in NYC. They can help you find and access emergency services and make sure that language access and immigration status do not prevent anyone from getting the shelter, supplies and help they need.
  • NYLAG Storm Relief Effort:
    • (212) 584-3365 or
    • NYLAG has placed their staff at disaster relief centers and community-based organizations and hospitals in New York City. Attorneys and volunteers will be onsite to provide legal advice to victims dealing with issues including FEMA claims, housing disputes, consumer matters and emergency public benefits.
  • Touro Law Center – Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team:
    • For Long Island residents only: The Center will provide help in assessing eligibility and completing application forms for the wide range of emergency assistance available to storm victims, both individuals and small businesses (e.g., food stamps, government loans and grants); free legal consultation and advice on storm-related legal issues (e.g., insurance, landlord-tenant, consumer complaints, unemployment); assistance to members of the Touro Law community who are in need.

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Small Business Loans:

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Repair and Replacement Grants:

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Residential Loans:

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Disaster Unemployment:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

  • Individuals ineligible for regular unemployment insurance (e.g. self-employed individuals) can receive disaster unemployment assistance.

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Unemployment Insurance:

  • US Department of Labor:
    • Click here to apply online; to apply by phone, call 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents, 1-877-358-5306 for out-of-state residents (8AM-5PM, Monday-Friday).

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Resources for Non-Profit Organizations:

Community Resource Exchange:

  • Community Resource Exchange:
    • The Community Resource Exchange has compiled resources for nonprofits that have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy relating to City, State, Federal, Legal, Funding, and Volunteer support. Nonprofits that need specific help can fill out a form here. Contact to post a resource.

Grant Support and Technical Assistance:

Direct Relief International:
An organization that that provides medications, vaccines, first aid supplies, nutritional products (including infant formula), syringes and other medical equipment to healthcare providers who care for vulnerable people on an ongoing basis and during emergencies. Note: In order for organizations to be eligible, they need to have a FT physician/medical director on staff and be able to store medicine and other products according to regulations. If interested, email Katie Lewis at

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