Local Emergency Assistance
The Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) provides direct assistance to business owners, fosters neighborhood development in commercial districts, and links employers to a skilled and qualified workforce.
- SBS's Business Solutions Centers help businesses in New York City open, operate and expand by bringing the services of SBS to the five boroughs. The centers offer workshops and consultations.
- In the event of an emergency, SBS's Emergency Response Unit can help a business:
- Gain access to their premises
- Communicate with other city agencies
- Apply for emergency assistance—from federal programs and private insurers
- Apply for an emergency loan from SBS
The Mayor's Community Affairs Unit
The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) works with neighborhood and community groups, nonprofit organizations, and city government agencies to improve the quality of life in New York’s neighborhoods.
- During an emergency, the CAU may aid OEM and FEMA in setting up community assistance centers.
- The CAU can also help businesses get in touch with local nonprofits and local political authorities, such as community boards.
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) facilitates successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city.
Con Edison is the regulated utility provider that supplies most of New York City with electricity.
- Con Edison may reimburse businesses for losses, such as food spoilage, suffered as a result of an outage that was not caused by a storm.
File a claim with Con Edison if you've incurred losses from food spoilage