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Storm Resources for Providers


Governor Cuomo Reminds New York Health and Human Service Providers to Apply for $200 Million in Sandy Recovery Funds

Hurricane Sandy Social Services Block Grant Questions and Answers 


To Apply:


Instructions for survey of records that were destroyed or damaged in Hurricane Sandy

OPWDD Survey of records destroyed or damaged in Hurricane Sandy

Thank you to all who participated in the webinar on storm recovery and relief efforts. If you have any additional questions or would like to submit feedback, please email us at . A question and answer section will be posted here in the near future. The webinar PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here:

Regulatory Relief

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FEMA Application:

Providers are encouraged to register with FEMA as soon as possible by completing and submitting the RPA form. The deadline for submitting an RPA has been extended to:  January 28, 2013 (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk Counties); January 31, 2013 (Rockland and Westchester Counties); February 11, 2013 (Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster Counties).

OPWDD strongly encourages any programs which sustained damage directly related to the storm to consider filing the RPA. Once the RPA is received, a representative from FEMA will contact the agency to schedule a time to meet with the agency to discuss the public assistance process. This meeting will cover expectations from FEMA, and provide the agency the opportunity to ask questions regarding the process. At the time of this meeting, FEMA will assign an individual to the agency who will be available to guide them through the process. 

For agencies which have already filed the RPA, no further action is needed at this time.

In order to help prepare for the meeting with FEMA, the following are general suggestions based on the information provided from NYS OEM:

  • Compile a detailed estimate of the total amount of damages
  • Have specific information on the number of properties damaged and the number of days they had to be vacated due to the storm or its effects
  • Have records of any repairs which had to be made immediately in order to re-occupy a building as well as for any debris removal

The one-page form can be found here:

Email the completed form to John Grubsick at and a FEMA representative will contact you directly. 

Information regarding Hurricane Sandy FEMA PA Incident #FEMA-4085-DR-NY:

Disaster Assistance for Individuals

If you or someone you know was affected directly or indirectly by Hurricane Sandy, help is available.
The links below will help you locate available funding and resources, apply for assistance, or track the status of your claim.

Please share this information with anyone you know who was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

For access to disaster help and resources, to check the status of your claim, or to locate the nearest shelter: or call 800-621-3362

If you do not have internet access, call this number to register for Disaster Assistance: 800-621-3362

For FEMA Assistance: or call the FEMA Helpdesk at 800-745-0243

New York State Food Stamp Replacement Benefits

Disaster victims can get replacement food stamp benefits using this form:

You must report by 11/28/12

Evacuation zone information is available through the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at:

You can also call 311 (TTY: 212-204-4115)or text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the closest shelter in your area.

Portable Generator Safety:


Distress Counseling:

SAMHSA: Call 1-800-985-5990;  via @samhsagov @distressline#recovery
NYC Distress Line: call 1-800-846-8517

Post-incident checklist:


Hurricane Sandy Preparedness and Recovery:

NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services:

NY Alert:

Access the Ready New York hurricane guide at:  

National Hurricane Center: