Category Archives: FEMA Updates

Chinese-language line by FEMA

FEMA has setup a dedicated Chinese-language line for residents affected by Sandy: 1-866-333-1796. More information can be found here FEMA Chinese line.


Updated: Sandy Resources for Nonprofits 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.

The deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended to January 28, 2013. Individuals can register online at or via smartphone or tablet at Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 7-1-1 Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA Local Hires

Here is the information regarding FEMA local hires: Local-hire jobs are posted on the New York State Job Bank website:

Information Regarding Hurricane-Related Benefits and Resources

Please see the important information regarding hurricane-related benefits and resources below:

  1. HRA-DSNAP aka “disaster food stamps,” have been approved and will be available in designated zip codes regardless of immigration status. DSNAP application dates are from December 12th-18th. Please see the flyer below in multiple languages.
  2. There are new local employment opportunities with FEMA. Please see the flyer below in multiple languages.
  3. MOIA has created a web-based resource and FAQ page that will be updated in real-time with ongoing benefits and recovery information:

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Your Civil Rights and Disaster Assistance

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency (LEP),
economic status or retaliation. If you believe your Civil Rights are being violated, call the FEMA Helpline at 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362); 1 (800) 462-7585 (TTY/TDD).

Please find the poster here CR Poster_English.

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 or on their smart phone at
  • 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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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 or by mobile phone at 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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