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Hurricane Sandy Relief & Recovery


NYC Continues Sandy Recovery Efforts
The City is working to help New Yorkers recover from Sandy.

Visit the NYC Recovery website, a site that provides access to information on the City's efforts to help New Yorkers recover from the devastating effects of the storm.

Warming centers are open for residents needing relief from cold temperatures. Go to the list of daytime warming shelters

Federal Disaster Assistance
Anyone affected by Sandy (homeowners, renters, and businesses) can apply for federal disaster assistance. Applications for FEMA Sandy relief must be submitted by April 13, 2013. Register at disasterassistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362 (FEMA).

Locate a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. Disaster Recovery Centers are facilities where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to their cases.

Post-Storm Repairs and Re-occupancy
For information for homeowners and licensed professionals performing repair work, visit the links below:

Hazard Mitigation
To learn more about hazard mitigation, please visit the following websites:

New Measures Allow Home and Property Owners Rebuilding After Sandy to Meet Updated Flood Standards
Mayor Bloomberg announced new measures that New York City has put in place to allow home and property owners who are rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy to meet new flood standards without violating current zoning codes. The Mayor signed an emergency executive order to suspend height and other restrictions so that buildings can meet new flood elevation standards. Read the Executive Order

Resiliency
The NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, established in December 2012, seeks to address how to create a more resilient New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with a long-term focus on preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change. Learn more

Temporary Housing
NYC Housing Recovery will make a pool of vacant apartments available exclusively for New Yorkers that have been displaced from their homes because of Hurricane Sandy. Displaced households can register with the City for assistance in finding short or long-term housing. After completing a profile on the NYC Housing Recovery portalLearn more

Food Assistance and Distribution
A new grant program has been established to support the citywide emergency food network of soup kitchens and food pantries that served community needs in the wake of Sandy. Learn more

For a list of food distribution areas, call 311 or visit 311 online 

Water
The City will temporarily suspend water bills for customers whose properties were severely damaged by Sandy. Learn more

Tax Relief
The City has announced property tax relief initiatives to assist New Yorkers whose homes were severely damaged by Sandy. Learn more

Health/Safety

  • The Department of Health has launched the Hurricane Sandy Health Portal, a site through which residents can receive information on health-related issues.
  • The City tap water is safe for drinking with the exception of Breezy Point. In Breezy Point, the water is NOT drinkable, even after boiling. The City is providing Breezy Point residents with safe drinking water from portable water stations and from bottled water distribution sites. Learn more

Garbage & Recycling Collection
Visit the Department of Sanitation website for the latest information on garbage and recycling collection, as well as debris cleanup.

Transit/Transportation

Schools/Colleges 
Visit the Department of Education website for more information.

Business Recovery Information

  • Mayor Bloomberg signed an executive order to waive fees for businesses recovering from Sandy. Learn more
  • Visit the Small Business Services website to get Hurricane Sandy small business recovery information.

Donations & Volunteering