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Hurricane Sandy Info - Putnam County
HURRICANE SANDY INFORMATION
PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (Updated December 26, 2012)
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.
Putnam Lake Fire Department is collecting clothing, nonperishable food, toilet paper and gloves, among other supplies, at its firehouse, 72 Fairfield Drive in Patterson.
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.
Mental Health Services
Putnam Crisis Line 845-225-1222
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: http://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
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: 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.
When in doubt, throw it out.
A federal disaster declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Putnam 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)
No locations open at this time.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Federal disaster unemployment assistance is not available to residents of Putnam County.
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.
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