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Hurricane Sandy Info - Orange County
HURRICANE SANDY INFORMATION
ORANGE COUNTY, NY (Updated December 26, 2012)
No information at this time.
UPDATES & ALERTS
Gas Shortage Update
Power Outage Updates
Utility Companies are not responsible for reimbursement of spoiled food due to an act of God.
Road Closures / Transportation
All roads are now passable.
Transitional Shelter Program (FEMA)
1. Register with FEMA, call (866) 863-8673 or visit website: http://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
Find a Shelter Near You
Emergency Housing Group, 38 Seward Avenue, Middletown NY 10940. Pet Friendly.
For anyone requiring transportation, call 2-1-1.
YMCA Wellness Center, 377 Broadway, Newburgh is available to the community offering:
-Use of our facility showers
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.
Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP)
DSS will NOT be giving out D-SNAP (disaster Food Stamps) to residents of Orange County.
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 Orange County.
FEMA 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.
The center in New Hampton is now Closed, resident can register online or by phone for Individual Assistance.
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
Because of the loss of power and phone service in the storm impacted areas, many Unemployment Insurance claimants were unable to certify for their weekly benefits. The Department of Labor will extend the date of certification of unemployment benefits for individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy from November 3, 2012 to November 10, 2012. These individuals will need to call 1-888-209-8124 and speak to an agent to receive benefits for the prior week. If you are unable to access a phone to obtain benefits, individuals can visit any of the agency’s career centers.
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.
Sanitation / Recycling Information
Orange County Department of Public Works, Division of Environmental Facilities and Services (EF&S) has waived the fees to aid communities in the cleanup of storm debris.
Please Note: The fees for disposal of regular household garbage are not waived by Orange County.
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
Call 631-853-6600 to apply