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Updated Disaster Relief Information from HUD November 9th, 2012
Included is information on:
- Where to find Food & Shelter
- How to access Federal Disaster Assistance
- Disaster Recovery Centers – location and hours
- Health & Safety Tips after the storm
- Mortgage Assistance Information
- Information on unemployment benefits
- How to report suspected fraud
- How to avoid home repair scams
Cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief Information November 1st, 2012
We received this information the HUD Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships It may be useful to anyone working in parishes in the storm-affected areas:
Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the Mid-Atlantic States who’ve been affected by this storm. Individuals along the East Coast and areas inland should continue to monitor NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio and their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials. [The website is also available in Spanish]
The President declared major disasters for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in those states can begin applying for assistance by registering with FEMA online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Shelter assistance from your local Chapter of the American Red Cross can be found by calling 1-800-733-2767, press 1.
Even as the storm begins to clear impacted areas, there will be many challenges to staying safe while making repairs and cleaning up debris after a storm. Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
FEMA and its federal partners, through our regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, remain in close contact with emergency management partners, and are embedded with state teams to support response efforts and assess unmet needs. Priority remains on life-saving and life-sustaining activities. Search and rescue teams have been deployed.