On January 9th, 2013, Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne hosted a 'live' chat on Twitter to address Hurricane Sandy questions and concerns. A wide range of topics were covered including providing support to individuals who have a limited English proficiency and/or non-English speaking survivors and addressing the largest unmet needs of survivors during this disaster recovery period. Providing survivors with a safe place to stay is Byrne's number one priority. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance is only part of the solution. Survivors should continue to seek support from FEMA at 800-621-3362 and call 311 in NYC to be connected to volunteer agencies (211 in Nassau and Suffolk counties).
Byrne closed the Twitter session by thanking everyone for their questions and telling the audience that efforts are underway to get New Yorkers back on their feet.
FEMA is focused on reaching Hurricane Sandy survivors in diverse communities. Hurricane survivors who speak Spanish or English should continue to call the helpline number at 800-621-3362. Applicants who are hearing or speech impaired should call TTY (800) 462-7585. Applicants who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.
Keep following @FEMASandy for the latest information. The registration deadline to apply for disaster assistance for Hurricane Sandy survivors is January 28th, 2013.
For information in Spanish follow @FEMAespanol.