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The Federal Emergency Management Agency, federal partners, the state, local municipalities and voluntary organizations are working to address recovery needs of New York survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Resources to Meet Critical Needs

Disaster Legal Services

The New York State Bar Association has established a helpline to assist Hurricane Sandy survivors with legal questions. Call 800-699-5636, Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Eligible survivors have until March 29 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Call 888-209-8124 (in state) or 877-358-5306 (out of state).

Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7/365 disaster crisis counseling and support to anyone, anywhere in the U.S. via a toll-free, multilingual hotline 800-985-5990. Survivors may also SMS text ‘TalkWithUs’ (for English) or ‘Hablanos’ (for Spanish) to 66746.

For more information on the Disaster Distress Helpline and disaster distress, coping tips, materials and more, please visit

Resources for Recovery

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD has programs to expand housing options for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. For more information, visit

Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund

Governor Cuomo has set up a grant of up to $10,000 for survivors who have received the maximum FEMA grant but have unmet needs. For more information, call 855-697-7263.

National Grid

National Grid is offering funding up to $1,000 for customers who sustained physical damage and lost natural gas service due to the hurricane. For more information, call 877-696-4743.

Muck Outs, Debris Removal & Emergency Mold Suppression

 Eligible applicants who need assistance with muck outs, debris removal and emergency mold suppression, call your local information hotline. Survivors in Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens or Richmond counties, call 3-1-1. Survivors who reside in Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties, call 2-1-1.

Did the storm affect your business?

Low-interest loans up to $2 million are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration

800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339)

Additional Resources for Business

Community Development Corporation of Long Island (Suffolk County)

631-471-1215 ext. 19, Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm

Empire State Development Agency


New York State Small Business Emergency Loan Fund (loans up to $25,000)



Last Updated: 
03/19/2013 - 08:55
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