More Sandy Disaster Aid Information, Food Stamp Replacement Benefits

FEMA
http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ Register for FEMA assistance online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area.

DISTRESS COUNSELING:

SAMHSA: Call 1-800-985-5990; disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/ via @samhsagov @distressline#recovery

NYC Distress Line: call 1-800-846-8517

NYC Voting Site changes: http://vote.nyc.ny.us/downloads/pdf/documents/boe/2012GeneralElection/pollsitechangepostsandy.pdf


New York State Food Stamp Replacement Benefits

Disaster victims can get replacement food stamp benefits but this must be reported by 11/28/12- using this form: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/2291.pdf. See more below...

- According to the Hunger Action Network, Senator Gillibrand's office has informed us that the federal government has authorized that every current SNAP (food stamps) recipient in the impacted areas/zip codes for the storm automatically will get 50% of October's benefits placed on their cards.

- FNS is authorizing the replacement of 50 percent of the October benefits for households in Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan and Westchester Counties and the 76 designated ZIP codes in New York City. We estimate the total benefit replacement amount to be approximately $65,000,000.

- The feds also approved the state waiver to allow SNAP recipients that reside in areas that currently have individual assistance designations (i.e. Bronx, Kings, Richmond, Queens, New York, Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester) to have the ability to purchase hot foods and hot food products with SNAP benefits, and to consume them on-premise, where practical, through November 30, 2012.


Food Bank NYC: Replacement Food Stamps

Were Any of Your SNAP (Food Stamps) Purchases Lost Because of Hurricane Sandy?

YOU CAN GET THOSE BENEFITS REPLACED, BUT YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY!

You can receive replacement SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits for the cost of food lost due to:

- Flooding

- Extended power outages or equipment (refrigerator/freezer) failures

- Dislocation (evacuation) due to an emergency leading to an inability to access food

All requests for Food Stamp replacement benefits must be reported within 10 days after the loss occurred. Report your loss at your local HRA Food Stamp Center or contact the F ood Bank For New York City for more information at (917) 304-9634

GAS:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that temporary fuel trucks will be deployed in key locations in New York City and Long Island in order to help provide gas to emergency vehicles and the general public. The trucks are provided by the U.S. Department of Defense at the direction of President Obama and are being deployed in coordination with the New York National Guard at the direction of the Governor. The 5,000 gallon trucks will be deployed throughout the morning and there are an additional 150,000 gallons of fuel avai lable to restock the trucks throughout the day. There is a 10 gallon limit per vehicle. Cars can fill up directly off of the truck.


The trucks will be sent to the following locations:

- Queens Armory 93-05 160th St. Jamaica, NY 11433

- Bronx Armory 10 West 195th St. Bronx, NY 10468

- Brooklyn Armory 1579 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225

- Staten Island/Elizabeth Armory 321 Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314

- Freeport Armory 63 Babylon Turnpike Freeport, NY 11520

New York City

MTA: all numbered subway trains are running, 1 train terminating at 14th. st, will expand service later this am

Gas: Governor Cuomo said yesterday that 28 million gallons of gas are heading to NYC.

With the drop in temperatures this weekend, the City is providing warming center in the five boroughs for a place to get out of the cold. Please see times and locations below.

Program Address Borough Weekend Hours

BRONX HOUSE SENIOR CENTER 990 PELHAM PARKWAY SOUTH Bronx Saturday 9-5

RAIN Boston East 3450 Boston Road Bronx Saturday 9-5

RIVERDALE Y SENIOR CENTER 5625 ARLINGTON AVE Bronx Sunday 9-5

COUNCIL CENTER FOR SENIOR CITIZENS 1001 Quentin Road Brooklyn Sunday 9-3

LENOX HILL INNOVATIVE SENIOR CENTER 343 EAST 7OT H STREET Manhattan Sat and Sun 9-5

LENOX HILL ST. PETER'S 619 LEXINGTON AVE. Manhattan Saturday 9-5

STANLEY ISAACS SENIOR CENTER 415 E 93RD ST Manhattan Saturday 9-3

YMYWHA INNOVATIVE SENIOR CENTER 54 NAGEL AVENUE Manhattan Sunday 9-5

PROJECT FIND WOODSTOCK SENIOR CENTER 127 W 43RD ST Manhattan Sat and Sun 9-5

ALPHA PHI ALPHA SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER 220-01 LINDEN BLVD Queens Saturday 9-5

CCNS BAYSIDE SENIOR CENTER 221-15 HORACE HARDING Expressway Queens Saturday 11-5

RIDGEWOOD OLDER ADULT CENTER 59-14 70TH AVE Queens Saturday 10-3

SELFHELP BEN ROSENTHAL ISC 45-25 KISSENA BLVD. Queens Saturday 8:30-5:00

SENIOR GUILD LUNCHEON PROGRAM 120 ANDERSON AVE SI Sat and Sun, 9-6

NYC Food, Blanket, and Water Distribution Locations

Updated: 11/3/2012 at 10:00 PM


Additional sites will be added as information becomes available. Times for distribution this weekend will also be added shortly. Please check back for updates.

Location Borough Sunday Time

Redfern Playground between Beach 12th Street and Redfern Avenue Queens 1pm-5pm

Hammel Playground between Beach 84th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard Queens 1pm-5pm

Highland Place between Rockaway Point Boulevard and East Market Street Queens 1pm-5pm

St. Francis De Sales Parish (129-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 129th Street) Queens 1pm-5pm

Beach 44th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard Queens 1pm-5pm

Corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn 1pm-5pm

West 25th Street and Surf Avenue Brooklyn 1pm-5pm

Coffey Park (85 Richards Street between King and Verona Streets) Brooklyn 1pm-5pm

419 West 17th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues Manhattan 1pm-5pm

Pitt Street and East Houston Street Manhattan 1pm-5pm

Corner of Mill Road and New Dorp Lane Staten Island 1pm-5pm

Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue Staten Island 1pm-5pm

Disaster Assistance Service Center

Updated: 11/3/2012 at 12:02 PM


The Mayor's Office and Human Resources Administration (HRA) have set up full-service sites with information about applying for emergency social and economic assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is available to help homeowners apply for loans. Additional sites will be added as information becomes available. If you have problems accessing this list, please call 311.

Location Borough Time

MCU Park parking lot at 1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island Brooklyn Open 8 AM - 5 PM

Fort Tilden Park at Beach Channel Boulevard - Western-most Parking Lot Queens Open 10 AM- 5 PM

Waldbaum's 112-15 Beach Channel Drive between Beach 65th and Beach 66th Streets Queens Opne 10 AM - 5 PM

Mount Loretto at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at Sharrotts Road Staten Island Open 10 AM - 5 PM

Miller Field at 600 New Dorp. Lane at Weed Avenue Staten Island Open 10 AM - 5 PM

From the Human Services Council

As New York recovers from Hurricane Sandy, nonprofits are mobilizing to assist in immediate recovery efforts and to coordinate long-term strategies to help people rebuild. HSC is working with government, our members, and others to compile information that is helpful to the sector. Below are ways to find out how you can help and valuable resources for your organization as you participate in relief efforts. We will be updating this list periodically.

HSC is deeply saddened to report that one of our partners, Jon Kest, Executive Director of New York Communities for Change, suffered the loss of his daughter, Jessie Streich-Kest, in the storm. For information on making a donation in her name, click here.

UPDATED:

Resources for nonprofits

- Brooklyn Community Foundation is launching the Brooklyn Recovery Fund today and has raised nearly $500,000 already. See attached documents fo r more information.

- New York City is setting up Disaster Assistance Service Centers (DASCs), which will provide support in dedicated areas. The City will coordinate with nonprofits to support New Yorkers in need of services in these areas, and HSC will provide more specific information as it becomes available.

- For a detailed list of updates and resources from the NYC Citizens Corps Council, click here.

- For Legal information about disaster relief, visit the Lawyers Alliance for New York.

- For 2-1-1 Regional Disaster Guides, click here.

- Westchester County and the United Way of Westchester and Putnam are teaming up to launch a disaster recovery fund to help residents affected by the hurricane and grants will be made to nonprofits. Learn more here.

-Information on where you can get some essential supplies from City's Group Purchasing Entity, Essensa

FUEL/GASOLINE

Joseph Kernel from Castle Fuel

- (914) 381-6600

- (718) 823-8800

- Jerry from B Marathon

- (718) 435-2200

GENERATORS

- Contact Scott - 917 647-2413

Provide Information on

- Size/Kilowatt # (ie: 100 KW, 400 KW, etc)

- Generator Details:

- Voltage

- # of Phases (ie: 2 or 3)

- # of Amps

- Cable Length, in feet (if cable is needed)

- # of sets of cables

- Type of cable (ie: type 350N)

Confirm that requesting site has an engineer to install the generator; the LC cannot support installations.

Contact at organization responsible for the generator (name, phone #)

OEM (FOR ANY OTHER SUPPLIES - Oxygen, stretchers, etc.)

- OEM's Healthcare number: 718-422-4666.

- JCRC will be sending out its UpLink newsletter with listings of community volunteer needs due to the storm. You can submit requests and updates to kaplanb@jcrcny.org and can view the newsletter here.

- The City has also activated the Aid Matrix Portal for donations management. If you don't already have a username and password, you may need to request it from OEM.

- Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information.

- New York Communities For Change has information about how to file a claim for Property Damage:

- File an application

- Log your application with New York Communities for Change so they can assist in expediting your application.

- NYC has put together a package of support for businesses impacted by the storm

- Emergency loans of up to $10,000 for small and mid-sized businesses that have been interrupted as a result of the storm.

- For larger businesses that were damaged, temporary City and State sales tax deferment on materials needed for rebuilding.

- For businesses displaced from their locations, we're offering temporary office space free of charge at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for the next 30 days.

- EDC has about 40,000 square feet of space at the Terminal that is now available for this use.

- Loans up to $2 million are also available for business property losses not fully covered by insurance - and for businesses that have had cash flow problems caused by the storm and need funds to get back on their feet.

- That applies to small businesses, agricultural co-ops, a nd most nonprofits, regardless of size.

- To get information contact NYC Business Solutions by calling 311 or going to nyc.gov.

Donations

- If you would like to donate to those most affected by Hurricane Sandy please consider visiting UWSandyRecovery.org to donate to the United Way Regional Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund . You can also use your phone to text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation.

- The CDP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund is operating a website for donors who would like to know who is doing effective work on the ground.

- Make a financial contribution to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, and direct it towards Sandy relief and recovery efforts.

- NY Charities has a list of nonprofits assisting in recovery efforts and you can make a donation directly from their website.

- To Find Volunteer Opportunities in NYC

- Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder (find shelters near you where you can volunteer)

- Brooklyn Community Foundation

- NY Cares

- NYC Service

- Red Hook NYC Recovers

- UpLink Newsletter

LONG ISLAND

Suffolk County Shelter Available For Those With Special / Vulnerable Needs

With predicted colder weather coming to the area, Suffolk County has opened a special medical facility for disaster survivors who need more assistance than a regular shelter can provide.

The Yaphank Alternative Medical Facility has 60 temporary shelter beds available for those who are medically venerable, mobility challenged, have a cognitive disability or have other issues that make a staying at home a less desirable option. Oxygen, electric, food, showers are being provided for those in need.

Joel Vetter Coordinator of EMS

Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Services

631.852.4856 Office

631.852.4861 Fax

631.852.4815 Off Hour Emergency Contact

WESTCHESTER

- Con Edison will distribute dry ice today at 10am at Yonkers Raceway - 810 Yonkers Ave. in Yonkers