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Hurricane Sandy Information Updates
NASSAU COUNTY (Updated Nov. 12th)
Donations of food, water, clothing, baby food, etc. are needed. Drop off at East Rockaway Village, Main Street Fire House.
DRY ICE AND WATER DISTRIBUTION
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: www.dhses.ny.gov
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) (as of 11/7/12)
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.
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.
TAX FILING AND PAYMENT DEADLINE EXTENSIONS
Certain tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers who were directly affected by Hurricane Sandy have been extended to November 14, 2012. This covers filings and tax payments due during the period beginning October 26, 2012 and ending on or before November 13, 2012.
Additionally, the extension applies to all claims for refunds, including a protective claim associated with the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax. All 62 New York State counties are eligible for these extensions since Governor Cuomo had declared a state of emergency in New York and President Obama has authorized federal aid and assistance for the State. For further information, visit http://www.tax.ny.gov/bus/multi/sandy_relief.htm
FOOD (updated Nov 11th 1:00 pm)
FALSE RUMOR- There is NOT Food Vouchers or Food Reimbursement help at this time. There is only Food Stamp Replacement or Disaster-Related Food Stamps.
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.
Click Here for frequently asked questions.
DSS will NOT be giving out D-SNAP (Disaster Food Stamps).
The Red Cross has opened Mobile Meals distribution centers, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Meals, water, and comfort kits will be distributed at the following locations.
Island Harvest will distribute up to sandwiches and drinks to residents on the streets of the following neighborhoods today through a Mobile Distribution Center:
Oyster Bay distributing Meals Ready to Eat, Water and Clothing
Food and Water Distribution Sites (10 am-2 pm)
Chronic Renal Patients on Dialysis: 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.
Nassau County Department of Health Issues A Do Not Consume Water Order for the Water Districts of Long Beach and Mill Neck Estates
All residents who are customers of these water districts are advised not to drink or use tap water for personal use. This includes brushing teeth, drinking and bathing. The water cannot be made safe by boiling. Further, all Nassau County residents are advised to conserve water in order to maintain water pressure for emergency and fire responders
• Avoid contact with sewage;
Until further notice, a Conserve Water Order is now active and residents of the Bay Park Sewage District are directed to:
• Limit water usage immediately, including a ban on watering grass and washing cars;
• Limit flushing toilets.
Curfew Rules: Motorists and pedestrians are prohibited south of Montauk Highway in Babylon Village, Lindenhurst and Copiague from dusk until dawn. Montauk Hwy. will remain open to traffic.
Long Beach: curfew remains in effect from 6 pm to 6 am.
FOOD SAFETY DURING AN EMERGENCY
The Department of Health cautions residents to follow certain steps to determine if food is safe during and following a weather emergency.
Touro Law School Pro Bono Storm Help Center - “TLC- HEART”
Beginning next week, residents will be able to call the center at (631) 761-7198 and email email@example.com.
To provide referrals, assistance and legal advice for local residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The center, called TLC-HEART (Touro Law Center - Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team), will be staffed by volunteer lawyers and law students. It will include a telephone hotline (hours to be determined) that will match resident concerns with referrals to federal, state and local government agencies and private groups offering storm-related assistance. The Center will also offer:
NATIONAL GRID/NIAGRA MOHAWK 800-867-5222 (Power Outages) or 800-642-4272 (Customer Support)
Transitional Shelter Program (FEMA)
1. Register with FEMA 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:
Residents with non-life threatening emergencies should dial 1-888-684-4274 for assistance with down trees and roadside issues. All those with life threatening emergencies should dial 911.
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:
* Bedding for each member of the family
* Diapers and formula for children
* Prescription medicines
* Food for special dietary needs
Please note that the only animals permitted in Red Cross shelters are service animals; for safety and health reasons.
The following facilities are allowing anyone impacted by the storm shower facilities each day until further notice.
Echo Park Indoor Pool and Athletic Complex, 399 Nassau Boulevard in West Hempstead, Open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
The following locations will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as warming centers:
Hempstead Town is distributing Coats, Clothing, and Blankets in Oceanside, Basldwin and Bellmore
If you are staying in homes without heat, protect yourself and family:
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
Mud Outs/Clean Up
Individuals seeking volunteer teams to assist with mud out and clean up of debris may call
Long Island Rail Road http://www.mta.info/lirr/
The LIRR is restoring additional train service on Tuesday, November 6, including modified train service between Ronkonkoma and Riverhead with connecting bus service between Riverhead and Greenport. Other schedule improvements for Tuesday include restoration of some service to Hunters Point Avenue, as well as Freeport-Atlantic Terminal trains that stop at Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor and Jamaica.
The Nassau NICE Bus and Suffolk County Transit buses are running at or near normal as of 11/6/12.
HART Bus service in the Town of Huntington service is resuming near normal, depending on road conditions. http://huntingtonny.gov
Open Gas Station Links Below