Hurricane Sandy Relief Information

Our thoughts and prayers are with the millions affected by the Hurricane and its aftermath.

Thousands of union members and working families around the tri-state area are struggling to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. There are numerous city, state and federal agencies offering all kinds of assistance, from meal delivery and pet rescue to mortgage relief and low-interest loans. 

In addition, disaster assistance is available for those who lost wages due to Sandy, lost jobs, or lost personal possessions, whether they own a home or rent one.  ANYONE who suffered any kind of damage due to Hurricane Sandy is encouraged to REGISTER immediately with FEMA and NY State. There is help available, but you MUST ask for it.

**UPDATE** – Disaster assistance does not count as income. Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations also will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits. 

Have you lost work or income due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy?
If so, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Click here for a PDF with details on how to apply

Website:  Mobile Devices: Phone: 1-800-621-3362
FEMA urges ANYONE who was impacted by Hurricane Sandy to call or go online and register for federal assistance. You are also able to walk in to FEMA centers and speak in person to a clerk, but lines can be long. For a list of FEMA centers, go to the agency web site. FEMA has a variety of programs and grants available for all types of Sandy victims; please call to find out what you are eligible to receive.

Website- Flyers- SBA Business Flyer Sandy EnglishSBA Business Flyer Sandy-SpanishSBA Home Flyer Sandy EnglishSBA Home Flyer Sandy-Spanish
SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Renters and homeowners alike may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars, appliances, etc. damaged or destroyed in the disaster. Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence to its pre-disaster condition.

Sandy Information:
Hotline Contacts and Numbers
Labor to Neighbor – Stories and Pictures
Sandy Relief Resources
Sandy Volunteer/Donate

Please let us know in the comments below if there is something we missed or leave a message of encouragement for those still dealing with the affects of Hurricane Sandy. You can also email us stories and pictures at

Hotline Contacts and Numbers

NYS Hurricane Sandy Helpline:
Disaster Assistance: (FEMA)
1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
For Aging/Elderly:
For Businesses Seeking Help
(low interest loans, power issues, flooding, etc..):
For Chemical/Oil Spills:
For Cultural Education (Museums, etc..):
M-F 8am to 4pm
Libraries: 518-486-4864
Archives & Records:

For 24/7 Cultural Education issues:
American Institute For Conservation:
Northeast Document Conservation Center:

Conservation Center for
Art and Historic Artifacts:
For Disability Assistance:
For Insurance or Banking issues:
For Mental Health
(Stress & Anxiety) Hotline:
For PETS (Residents unable to evacuate with, assistance, retrieval):
For Sheltering/Meals:
Salvation Army:
The Red Cross:

For Office of Technology:
Customer Care Center:
1-800-697-1323 or 518-408-6487
For Temporary Disability Assistance:
For Transportation:
(518) 485-8621

For Utilities:
(7:30am – 7:30pm)

“Heart Line” 
Free legal assistance:

Temporary Housing:


Labor to Neighbor Stories

TWU Local 100:

IBEW 1049 helps restore power to LI residents:
Laborers Locals 79 & 1010:  clearing downed trees on Long Island (photos below)

UFT:  Teachers volunteering at shelters. (photos below)
NALC: Sandy Food Drive
IBEW: Setting The Record Straight SandyResponse.htm Teamster: Red Cross Salutes Teamster’s Efforts

Daily News:
Huffington Post:
Daily News:

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Sandy Relief Resources – Latest updates of FEMA Assistance, Unemployment Insurance Filing, MTA updates, Gas shortages and shelter info. – A variety of ways to get involved in the cleanup and recovery after Hurricane Sandy. As communities assess their needs and begin to rebuild, more volunteer opportunities will be added. Be sure to check back here for the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities throughout the five boroughs.


UNITED WAY– If you would like to donate to those most affected by Hurricane Sandy please consider visiting  to donation page for the United Way Regional Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. You can also use your phone to text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation.

AMERICAN RED CROSS– To make a donation to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, you can go to the following site or you can call 1-800-REDCROSS.

211’S– Connect with Human Services as well as Volunteer Opportunities:  Please encourage your family and friends affected by this storm to reach out to United Way 2-1-1 for assistance, and whether they are affected or not, 2-1-1 can help connect people with volunteer opportunities. Visit to connect with your 2-1-1 online and follow @211us on Twitter.

UNION PLUS– Union Plus $500 Grants – Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship because of recent severe weather.  

Volunteer Opportunities:

Are you a Nurse and would like to help victims of Hurricane Sandy? Please Click Here and sign up and NYSNA will coordinate putting you in touch with people on the ground.

(Google Map with current Food Drives, Volunteer Opportunities in NY)



Food banks in New York City and Long Island need help with donations.  Below is the contact information for food banks in New York City and Long Island.


City Harvest: Donations can be made online at or over the phone at 646.412.0643 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. To make a food donation, please contact: Racine Rodriguez at 347.443.8413 or

Food Bank of NYC: The warehouse is located at Hunts Point Cooperative Market, 355 Food Center Drive Bronx, NY 10474. Their phone is 718.991.4300.  They need volunteers at their warehouse.

Long Island

Island Harvest: The following items are needed: bottled water, vitamin water, healthy snack bars, peanut butter, crackers, pop-top food cans such as tuna and chili.  If you would like to donate, please call the Emergency Food Collections Center at 631-873-4775. Donations can be dropped off on weekdays before 3PM at Hauppauge Warehouse, 40 Marcus Blvd, Hauppauge. You can also call the Emergency Food Collections Center at 631-873-4775.

Long Island Cares: Is accepting donations at The Harry Chapin Food Bank, 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way), Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039.  You can also call (631) 582-FOOD or email

Sustainable Long Island: You can make a donation at or by calling (516) 873-0230.