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Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information


This post had a temporary home while was offline during the storm. Many on the East Coast are still without power or in the process of cleaning up their homes; some public services and transit routes are still affected. There are also still opportunities to volunteer and to help those in need. We'll try to keep this page updated to reflect the latest information.

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I need information

If you need to find out what is up and running and what is not.

Public Schools
Text NYCSCHOOLS to 877-877 to check status.
Map of closed schools and libraries for displaced students to find internet access.

WNYC Transit Tracker
Live Traffic Map from WNYC

Superstorm Sandy: NYC
Con Ed Outage Map

Area Service Updates - New York Times
NYC OEM Severe Weather
Ask NYPL's NYC Community Information Twitter list
NYT State-by-State guide

I need assistance

If you have experienced property damage or need immediate food or shelter.

Food and Shelter
Warming Centers
Food and Water Distribution Locations
Lower Manhattan Food and Water Distribution from office of State Senator Squadron
Food Bank for New York City Food Program Locator
List of NYC Shelters
Housing Assistance for New Yorkers Impacted by Hurricane Sandy (PDF) from the Public Advocate

Disaster SNAP (D‐SNAP) Can Provide You With Temporary Food Assistance: Apply in person December 12-18, 2012 (PDF) also in Spanish Russian Chinese

New York State Assistance

Disaster Recovery and Relief / Alivio y Recuperación de Desastres from LawHelp NY
Learn about Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) (PDF), also in Spanish Russian Chinese from Volunteers of Legal Service  

Find out about tax relief and assistance or taking hardship loans out of retirement funds from the IRS.

FEMA 800-621-3362 (FEMA)
Have the following information ready: Address, insurance info, SSN
Mobile site:
FEMA application assistance at the library

Report property damage to your home or business
Report downed trees online or call 311 / text 311692
Report Price Gouging Surrounding Hurricane Sandy to Public Advocate’s office
Report power outages on ConEd's website or by calling 1-800-752-6633
After the Storm: A Guide for New Yorkers at
Path to Recovery - Guide for Community Residents (PDF) and Getting Help with Lost Income Due to Hurricane Sandy (PDF) from the Public Advocate

Temporary work space: or
Business Physical Disaster Loan/Economic Injury Disaster Loan 1-800-659-2955 - The deadline for applying to the SBA for physical damage has been extended to March 29, 2013. For economic injury, the deadline is July 31, 2013.
Emergency Loans - Business Recovery Information
Path to Recovery - Guide for Small Businesses (PDF) from the Public Advocate

Red Cross
Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood PDF (Spanish)
Repairing Your Flooded Home PDF (Spanish)
More information about disaster recovery, including how to check your home for safety issues and get finances in order for repairs.
Mobile site:

I want to help

If you want to lend a hand to those in need. has resource pages for several NYC neighborhoods.
Corporation for National and Community Service -
Occupy Sandy Relief
Follow Twitter hashtag #sandyvolunteer for suggestions

Online initiatives
New York Tech Meetup calling for volunteers
Sandy CrisisCamp
Help classify building damage for FEMA at

I want to donate

If you want to know what to send and where to send it.

According to FEMA, “the best way to support survivors of Hurricane Sandy is to make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice.”

Visit Aidmatrix to donate cash, goods and services to specific organizations to assist New Yorkers who suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy left more New Yorkers in need of warm clothes than ever before. NYPL is participating in the annual New York Cares Coat Drive, drop off your gently used coats at any of our open locations.

I need comfort

CARE for Sandy's mission is to offer free digital restoration services for those whose salvaged keepsake photos have been damaged by the hurricane.
Librarians at Brooklyn Public Library put together a list of books, websites and videos (PDF) for parents to help answer children's questions and soothe fears.
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events (PDF) from
Recursos de Recuperación del Huracán Sandy y Servicios de Asistencia

Information designed by Orn Smari Gislason
House designed by Olyn LeRoy
Volunteer designed by Dima Yagnyuk
Friend designed by Megan Sheehan
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