Monthly Archives: November 2012

Updated: Recovery Resources for Nonprofits and Clients from HSC

Please see HSC’s updated list of Hurricane Sandy resources for nonprofits HERE. HSC is working with government, our members, and others to compile information that is helpful to the sector.

Of particular interest to organizations who contract with the City, DYCD has given providers guidance on how to handle damaged documents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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Important Reminder about Federal/State Recovery Assistance from NYS OEM

From New York State Office of Emergency Management:
As we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, and at the same time, begin to prepare for the upcoming holidays, we want to make sure that our programs are reminded of two very important items necessary for applying for federal/state disaster recovery assistance:

The two key things to keep in mind in these initial weeks of the recovery are to:
1) Submit a Request for Public Assistance Form to NYS OEM RPA Form.
2) Document storm damage (photos of damage are particularly helpful) and track storm related costs.

Please submit the Request for Public Assistance form to NYS OEM by fax at (518) 322-4984, by email to John Grubsick at jgrubsick3@dhses.ny.gov, or by ground mail at the mailing address below. All RPA forms are due at NYS OEM offices by Sunday, December 2, 2012 (30 days after the Presidential disaster declaration).

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Mayor Bloomberg Announced NYC Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program for Nonprofits Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced several efforts to support New York City’s nonprofit organizations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Building on a strong commitment to support and strengthen the nonprofit sector, the initiatives include the NYC Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program, a $26 million bridge loan program, pro-bono legal assistance dedicated to nonprofits, briefings regarding federal reimbursements and filing procedures, updated nonprofit assistance information on NYC.gov and support for nonprofits at the NYC Restoration Centers.

The NYC Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program is supported by funders including the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the Ford Foundation, Capital One Bank, the Robin Hood Foundation and The New York Community Trust. It will be administered by the Fund for the City of New York. The program will provide interest-free loans ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to New York City nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Sandy and will cover losses associated with the disruption of operations and property damage.

The NYC Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program will include the following criteria:
Priority will be given to those nonprofit organizations that have suffered the most severe losses and/or are operating in the worst affected areas. The loans will be made against expected claims to be filed with the nonprofit’s own insurance company and with FEMA, as well as against committed government contracts and grants, and foundation/corporate grants.

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Daily Operational Snapshot-New York, Nov. 21

Operational Status:

  • The President signed FEMA-4085-DR declaration for the State of New York on October 30, 2012.
  • The emergency and major disaster declaration for the State of New York ((FEMA-3351-EM and FEMA-4085-DR) have been amended closing the incident period, effective November 8, 2012.

Declared Counties:

  • Bronx, Kings, Orange, Nassau, New York Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester Counties for Individual and Public Assistance [Categories A-G], including direct federal assistance
  • Hazard Mitigation (HMGP) Authorized Statewide

Snapshot of Disaster Recovery Efforts:

  • More than 222,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA. More than 114,000 have applied online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov or on their smart phone at m.fema.gov.
  • 36 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open in the affected areas. These include mobile sites as well as fixed sites, and to date more than 43,000 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York.
  • Nearly 1,300 inspectors in the field have completed more than 110,000 home inspections.
  • 1,054 Community Relations (CR) specialists are strategically positioned throughout affected communities, going door to door explaining the types of disaster assistance available and how to register. More teams continue to arrive daily.
  • 6 Points of Distribution (PODs) remain open and are providing supplies to the affected residents and 10 fixed feeding sites are being operated by the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

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Updated: NYC Restoration Centers Information

NYC Restoration Centers information is updated to provide ongoing hurricane relief services across the city. NYC Rapid Repairs is a new program to send teams of contractors and City inspectors to neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy and quickly repair damaged homes.

Please find the detailed flyer in multiple languages below:

NYC Restoration Centers Flyer in English
NYC Restoration Centers Flyer in Spanish
NYC Restoration Centers Flyer in Simplified Chinese
NYC Restoration Centers Flyer in Russian

Daily Operational Snapshot-New Jersey, Nov. 21

  • Disaster Recovery Centers are open across all 21 New Jersey counties to assist survivors with registration. All DRCs will be closed on Thanksgiving. They reopen Friday with new hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., except at Bay Head Fire Station #1, which continues to be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find a disaster recovery center location, residents can check out the disaster recovery center locator at http://www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov. Residents can also text DRC and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • Letter from FEMA is just the starting point. Applicants should read their initial determination letter carefully. Even if the letter says they are ineligible, the reason might simply be that they have not provided all the information or documentation required. It does not necessarily mean “case closed.” When applicable, the letter explains what additional information is needed or how to appeal a decision stating they do not qualify for assistance.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to renters, homeowners and businesses of all sizes. Some applicants may receive an SBA loan application after registering with FEMA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, but if they don’t complete the application they may not be considered for other federal grant programs.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available for those whose jobs were impacted by the hurricane. That includes people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm workers. Registration closes February 4, 2013; applicants should contact a New Jersey Reemployment Call Center. Locations include Union City (201-601-4100), Freehold (732-761-2020), and Cumberland (856-507-2340).
  • Free Legal Aid now available to disaster survivors – FEMA is working with the New Jersey State Bar Association, and ABA Young Lawyers Division to provide free legal aid to storm survivors. Disaster survivors may call toll-free at 888-541-1900 Monday through Friday from 9-5. Callers may leave a message, which will be returned the next day. The hotline is open to residents who need legal help related to the disaster such as insurance-related claims, landlord-tenant matters, FEMA appeals and creditor-debtor matters.
  • Crisis Counseling Assistance: FEMA is coordinating with the state of New Jersey to address the immediate counseling needs of disaster survivors. Individuals may call the New Jersey Disaster Distressed Line at 1-877-294-4357, or (TDY) 1-877-294-4356. Disaster survivors may also call the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distressed Line at: 1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746, or (TTY) 1-800-846-8517.

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Daily Operational Snapshot-New York, Nov. 20

Operational Status:

  • The President signed FEMA-4085-DR declaration for the State of New York on October 30, 2012.

Declared Counties:

  • Bronx, Kings, Orange, Nassau, New York Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester Counties for Individual and Public Assistance [Categories A-G], including direct federal assistance
  • Hazard Mitigation (HMGP) Authorized Statewide

Snapshot of Disaster Recovery Efforts:

  • Nearly 219,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $564 million has been approved. More than 112,000 have applied through the online application site at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, or on their smart phone at m.fema.gov.
  • 34 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open in the affected areas. These include mobile sites as well as fixed sites, and to date more than 40,000 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York state.
  • Nearly 1,300 inspectors in the field have completed more than 102,000 home inspections.
  • 1,062 Community Relations (CR) specialists are strategically positioned throughout affected communities, going door to door explaining the types of disaster assistance available and how to register. More teams continue to arrive daily.
  • 6 Points of Distribution (PODs) are open and providing supplies to the affected residents and 10 fixed feeding sites are being operated by the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

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