Hurricane Sandy Info - Putnam County


PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (Updated December 26, 2012) 
Donate Funds Online or by Check
Food Pantries in Need of Food
Corporate Donation Opportunities
Drop-Off Sites
Gas Shortage Update
Health Alerts
Power Outage Updates
Road Closures / Transportation
Find a Shelter Near You 
Shelters that Allow Pets
Transitional Shelter Program (FEMA)
Food/Water Assistance
Food Pantries 
Soup Kitchens
Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP)
Food Stamp Replacement Due to Storm
Dry Ice and Water Distribution Sites
Food Safety
Individual Assistance
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Deadline Extensions






Corporation Donation Opportunities
Thank you for expressing an interest in donating items to help with the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.  Please send an email to  outlining the type of items, and amount of items you would like to donate.  The various local agencies, who are handling these donations, have asked us to give them a few days to fully assess the needs for our communities.  Therefore, a member of the United Way staff will contact you within 3 business days with a list of locations that will be prepared to accept your delivery of donated items. 

Please understand that it is currently not possible for donation locations to pick up your donations.

Needed items:

  • Clothes/socks/jackets
  • Diapers and formula
  • Water
  • Non perishable food items
  • Blankets
  • Garbage bags
  • Rubber gloves
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Pet supplies
  • Batteries
  • Paper products, etc.

Drop-Off Sites 
Before dropping off donations, call to confirm.
Putnam Lake Fire Department is collecting clothing, nonperishable food, toilet paper and gloves, among other supplies, at its firehouse, 72 Fairfield Drive in Patterson.



Gas Shortage Update
Gas stations in the area are now back to normal service.

Health Alerts

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.


Mental Health Services

Putnam Crisis Line 845-225-1222
The Putnam Rose House Counseling Warm Line - 845-225-7469
For more Mental Health Services Click Here

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.

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:
2. FEMA will assess eligibility
3. If applicant qualifies for temporary shelter, than an autodial will go to caller with a website ( that they can go to for a list of hotels
4. Caller must bring to hotel:
     Photo ID
     FEMA registration ID #


Find a Shelter Near You

There are no shelters currently available. If you need additional help contact your local Department of Social Services.



Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP)
DSS will NOT be giving out D-SNAP (disaster Food Stamps) to residents of Putnam 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:\ or call 1-800-342-3009.
Click Here for frequently asked questions.  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.

Food Safety

The Department of Health cautions residents to follow certain steps to determine if food is safe during and following a weather emergency.

  • Never taste food to determine its safety.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain the cold temperature.
  • Generally a refrigerator will keep food safely cold for approximately 4 hours; a freezer for about 24 hours.
  • Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
  • Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power.

When in doubt, throw it out.  



A federal disaster declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Putnam County.

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 Hearing impaired individuals can call a TTY line at 1-800-462-7585.   Deadline to register is January 28, 2013.

A helpline to aid residents and business on how to apply for financial help after the storm.
HURRICANE SANDY HELPLINE 1-855-697-7263 or check website:

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)
No locations open at this time.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Federal disaster unemployment assistance is not available to residents of Putnam County.


Deadline Extensions

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.

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.



Click Here for Clean-up Information

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:

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.
Duties may include:

  • Debris Removal / Roadway Clearing
  • Buildings/Grounds Cleanup
  • Other projects as required
Salary: $14.89 per hour
Duration: up to 12 weeks; 35 hours per week
Call 631-853-6600 to apply