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Hurricane Sandy Info - Rockland County
HURRICANE SANDY INFORMATION
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY (Updated December 26, 2012)
Drop-Off Sites Before dropping off donations, call to confirm.
Donations of food will be accepted at the Ramapo High School during the day, 400 Viola Road in Spring Valley.
UPDATES & ALERTS
Gas Shortage Update
Gas stations in the area are now back to normal service.
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.
Storm-Related Counseling: A toll-free help line is available, 1-800-LIFENET (543-3638), to provide confidential, 24 hour/day, information and referral by professionally staffed individuals in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and TTY for the hearing impaired.
ORANGE & ROCKLAND (O&R) 1-877-434-4100 Electric / 1-800-533-5325 Gas or Website: http://www.oru.com
Utility Companies are not responsible for reimbursement of spoiled food due to an act of God.
Road Closures / Transportation
Metro-North's West-of-Hudson Line, the Pascack Valley Line, is out of service and will remain suspended because of severe track damage caused by Hurricane Sandy for an unspecified time. To provide a regional transportation option to those Rockland boarders that would like to access the Hudson Line in Tarrytown, Transport of Rockland will provide additional TZx bus service from the Palisades Mall to the Tarrytown train station. Additional TZx buses will be added at rush hour at the Commuter Park-n-ride at the Palisades Mall Lot J as well as to the Tarrytown train station for return trips.
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.
Transitional Shelter Program (FEMA)
1. Register with FEMA, call (866) 863-8673 or visit website: http://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
Staying in homes without heat, protect yourself and family:
FALSE RUMOR- There is NO Food Vouchers or Food Reimbursement help.
Click Here for Food Pantries
Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP)
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. Please note that Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients will be able to continue using their Replacement SNAP EBT card and SNAP benefits to purchase hot foods and prepared food items at authorized SNAP retailers through January 31, 2013.
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.
Rockland has been designated for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Category A and B, as well as Direct Federal Assistance (D.F.A.).
FEMA Individual Assistance (IA)
IA is disaster assistance directed to families, individuals, and businesses within a disaster area. Applications can be submitted by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or filing on-line by logging onto www.disasterassistance.gov. Hearing impaired individuals can call a TTY line at 1-800-462-7585. Deadline to register is January 28, 2013.
All DRCs are now closed. Residents can register online or by phone for Individual Assistance.
People applying for assistance will be asked for the following information:
Address of damaged home or apartment
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.
Claimant Extension Date
Medicare Deadline Extended for Seniors Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Medicare beneficiaries who have been affected by this disaster and wants to ensure that all beneficiaries are able to compare their options and make enrollment choices for 2013. CMS encourages all beneficiaries to make their enrollment choices by December 7. This will ensure that their enrollment in health and prescription drug coverage is in place for January 1, 2013. Please share this message with your network.
1. The Saddle River Pool has been approved as a DEC debris drop-off site.
2. All homeowners who wish to remove debris from their property must take it to the Saddle River Pool for free drop-off anytime from dawn to dusk.
3. All landscapers must transfer their debris to any DEC approved site or any Solid Waste Authority site, whichever is convenient.
4. Landscapers are not to pile debris along the roadway. Any landscaper who leaves a pile of debris along the roadway will be charged for the transport by the Town of Ramapo.
Spill Reporting: To report an oil or chemical spill, such as from a home oil furnace damaged by flooding, call the NYS Spill Hotline at 1-800-457-7362. For more information on General Permits, please visit:http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/76659.html
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