Now that you've charted your course by selecting a map and checking in at the FEMA pit stop, its time to find out how your state might help make your journey a successful one.
Both New Jersey and New York have a broad range of comprehensive disaster recovery resources for topping your tank. There are far too many resources to list in this guide, but in this section, we will provide key New Jersey and New York "one-stop" sources for disaster recovery. In Route 4, the State Resource Guides list specific local service providers.
NEW JERSEY (NJ Residents only)
The abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services information and referral in New Jersey is 2-1-1. This easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities, and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. Up-to-date notifications on recovery resources and government, nonprofit, faith-based, and private providers can also be found on the Web at www.nj211.org. This website is a vital source of information for people and businesses needing assistance in New Jersey.
In addition, the NJ 2-1-1 website provides a comprehensive guide to federal, state and local disaster recovery resources.
New Jersey Counties Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance
All 21 counties in New Jersey are eligible for Individual Assistance.
New Jersey Emergency Management
The New Jersey Emergency Management Agency, www.state.nj.us/njoem
, provides up to-date information on the activities of the New Jersey emergency center. Make this one of your first stops for current information on how New Jersey is responding to the damage left by Hurricane Sandy.
The Housing Resource Center
Search for available rental housing on the New Jersey Housing Resource Center (NJHRC) website, www.njhrc.gov
, which hosts information on available affordable rental properties statewide. Users are able to find units and also post available units on this site, which is updated daily. Landlords throughout New Jersey are opening their available properties to Hurricane Sandy victims, and many of these units are now listed on the NJHRC website.
NEW YORK (New York Residents Only)
The abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services information and referral in New York is 2-1-1. This is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities, and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. Up-to-date notifications on recovery resources and government, nonprofit, faith-based, and private providers can also be found at the following websites listed by region. These are comprehensive sources of information for people and businesses needing assistance in NY.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new hotline to help residents and businesses apply for financial help after the storm. The telephone number is 1-855-NYSSANDY (697-7263).
New York Counties Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance
The following counties were declared eligible through FEMA for Individual Assistance: Kings, Nassau, Ulster, Sullivan, Queens, New York, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Bronx and Rockland.
New York Emergency Management
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides FEMA and state Hurricane Sandy Hotline Contacts and numbers at www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/sandy/contact.cfm. Make this one of your first stops for current information on how New York is responding to the damage left by Hurricane Sandy.
For New York City residents, www.NYC.gov provides detailed information on recovery programs and services including clean-up, emergency housing/shelter, housing repair, health and environmental concerns, and social services. NYC Restore, is a comprehensive effort to connect residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy with financial, health, environmental, nutritional and residential services, as well as FEMA reimbursement processing. The initiative consists of seven NYC Restoration Centers located in the communities that were hit the hardest, to provide long-term assistance to New Yorkers. More information and Restoration Center locations can be found at www.nyc.gov/html/ misc/html/2012/dasc.html.