Below is a list of resources to help you and your family recover from Hurricane Sandy. Also included is a list of the New York utility companies along with links to their websites and phone numbers to report outages.
Remember, if you should come across a downed power line, do not attempt to move the line: dial 9-1-1 without hesitation. Individuals who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let their energy supplier know now. If you have lost power and need to rely upon an emergency generator, be careful because emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas and away from windows and doors. Also, make sure to Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
If you require assistance from my office, please do not hesitate to contact my regional offices, which are listed here: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/office_locations.htm. You can also contact my Washington D.C. office at 202-224-6542 or my New York City office at 212-486-4430.
If you have been displaced from your home and require temporary shelter, the Red Cross website can help you find an open shelter.
Federal disaster aid is available for individuals and businesses. FEMA funds a number of assistance programs including rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items; and unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster.
http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
After residents and businesses are registered with FEMA, they may apply for a disaster loan with the Small Business Administration. The SBA provides low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully covered by insurance. The SBA also provides loans up to $2 million for small businesses that have suffered property damage or loss of cash flow.
http://www.sba.gov/content/applying-disaster-loan or 1-800-659-2955 or TTY: 1-800-877-8339 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
: New York State Department of Emergency Management
: NYSOEM Watch Center: 518-292-2200 (information)
: New York State Department of Emergency Management County Offices
: New York City Office of Emergency Management
: Federal Emergency Management Agency
: FEMA Region II: 212-680-3600 (information and preparedness) : National Hurricane Center
: Build a Basic Disaster Kit
Central Hudson Gas and Electric: 845-452-2700 or 800-527-2714
Consolidated Edison (Con Edison): 1-800-752-6633
New York State Electric & Gas: 1-800-572-1131
Niagara Mohawk (d/b/a National Grid): 1-800-867-5222
Orange and Rockland Utilities: 1-877-434-4100
Rochester Gas and Electric: 1-800-743-1701
Long Island Power Authority: 800-490-0075