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Hurricane Sandy Info - Westchester County
HURRICANE SANDY INFORMATION
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY (Updated Dec 26, 2012)
Donate Funds Online or by Check
Westchester County Disaster Recovery Fund Click Here to Donate Online and Get More Information
Food Pantries in Need of Food
Corporation Donation Opportunities
Please understand that it is currently not possible for donation locations to pick up your donations.
Drop-Off Sites Before dropping off donations, call to confirm.
Westchester County Warehouse: Furniture Sharehouse www.furnituresharehouse.org urgent needs include kitchen or dining room tables and chairs and dressers for clothes. Visit website for furniture donation guidelines. 914-834-1294. Drop off: Furniture Sharehouse warehouse at Westchester County Airport; Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:30am.
Irvington: Red Barn Bakery is collecting clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, etc. Items are for Staten Island hurricane victims. Drop off: leave items in bags at the bakery’s back door (NOT NEAR TRASH CANS) at 4 South Astor Street, Irvington, 914-321-7779.
Elmsford: Food Bank donations needed: tuna, bananas, oranges, apples, shelf-stable milk, cereal, granola bars, crackers, peanut butter or cheese crackers, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, tissues, cold cuts. (no glass containers please). Drop off: weekdays at 3pm at the warehouse located at 200 Clearbrook Rd., Elmsford. 914-923-1100.
Chappaqua: Chappaqua Wellness Center is collecting winter jackets, gloves, hats (no other clothes), blankets, bottled water, diapers, rubber boots, batteries, and heavy-duty garbage bags. Visit www.jencook.com for list of items in need. Drop off: 400 King Street, Suite 4; leave supplies in front of door if not open). Supplies to be distributed in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens. Contact Jen Cook for more information: email@example.com.
UPDATES & ALERTS
Gas Shortage Update
Chronic Renal Patients on Dialysis: For those who have had disruption to their dialysis treatment due to the storm, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is advising renal patients in need of dialysis to first contact their dialysis facility to schedule treatment. If the facility is unable to deliver the needed dialysis treatment, patients should call the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-238-3773 to obtain information on outpatient dialysis facilities that can provide needed treatment.
Power Outage Updates
PLEASE NOTE: If your neighborhood comes back on line, but you still do not have power, then it is very important for you to re-register your address with Con Ed at 1-800-752-6633 or on the website: www.coned.com. By re-registering your address, you can ensure that Con Ed is aware that problems in your neighborhood persist.
Utility Companies are not responsible for reimbursement of spoiled food due to an act of God.
Road Closures / Transportation
All roads are now passable.
Find a Shelter Near You
To find the shelter closest to you that is open, please download the Red Cross Hurricane App or visit: http://www.redcross.org/nss.
The Red Cross Shelters will provide food, beverages, a safe place to sleep, health and mental health services for those in need. People coming to the shelters should bring:
Please note that the only animals permitted in Red Cross shelters are service animals; for safety and health reasons. Also note that the Red Cross shelters will serve food (meals) to clients who are staying overnight and provide water and snacks to those who want to come in and keep warm or charge their phones.
Shelters that Allow Pets
All area shelters are closed.
Transitional Shelter Program (FEMA)
1. Register with FEMA, call (866) 863-8673 or visit website: http://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
2. FEMA will assess eligibility
3. If applicant qualifies for temporary shelter, than an autodial will go to caller with a website (http://www.femaevachotels.com/) that they can go to for a list of hotels
4. Caller must bring to hotel:
FEMA registration ID #
If you are staying in homes without heat, protect yourself and family:
FALSE RUMOR- There are NO Food Vouchers or Food Reimbursement help at this time. There is only Food Stamp Replacement or Disaster-Related Food Stamps.
Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP)
Low-income residents who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for DSNAP. Households who resided in Westchester County on Oct. 27 and suffered disaster related damage, material losses, or loss of income from Sandy are eligible to apply for D-SNAP benefits. Food loss alone will not be an allowable qualifying circumstance. There are other eligibility criteria based on household income, resources, disaster-related expenses and other circumstances.
Food Stamp Replacement Due to Storm
If you lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to Hurricane Sandy, there is help available. Current SNAP households that have lost food purchased with their benefits as a result of the storm are entitled to replacement benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to provide current SNAP recipients in disaster designated areas with 50%percent of their October monthly benefit amount. Contact your local department of social services or visit website: http://otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/dss.asp\ or call 1-800-342-3009.
Dry Ice and Water Distribution Sites
Distributions of dry ice and water have been discontinued.
The Department of Health cautions residents to follow certain steps to determine if food is safe during and following a weather emergency.
A federal disaster declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Westchester County.
Individual Assistance (IA)
A helpline to aid residents and business on how to apply for financial help after the storm.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)
DRCs will open for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Specialists from the state of New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. The recovery centers act as a one-stop-shop for eligible survivors where they can meet with both state and federal workers and get help as quickly as possible. Visiting with a recovery specialist is not a requirement for survivors who want disaster assistance, but the centers are an excellent way for people to get answers to their questions about disaster aid and help applying for it.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Federal disaster unemployment assistance is now available to all New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties. To apply for unemployment benefits or disaster unemployment assistance, those affected by the storm and have lost their job or income should call the Department of Labor’s Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124 by December 3, 2012.
Hurricane Sandy Housing Initiative
Medicare Deadline Extended for Seniors Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy who are unable to make a plan selection by December 7 can still enroll in health and prescription drug coverage for 2013 by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Representatives at 1-800 MEDICARE have information available to help beneficiaries review their plan options and make a choice, and can complete an enrollment even after December 7.
Temporary Employment Opportunity
New York State Department of Labor and the Suffolk County Department of Labor were awarded a grant to hire temporary workers to assist in recovery of damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Eligibility: if you are a worker who temporarily or permanently lost your employment due to Hurricane Sandy or if you are currently an unemployed or dislocated worker.
Salary: $14.89 per hour
Duration: up to 12 weeks; 35 hours per week
Call 631-853-6600 to apply