Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Center

Disaster Resource Center:
The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator allows individuals to search for DRCs nearest to their location. DRC Locator also provides additional information about each DRC, such as hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions to the DRC. Please visit http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm to search for the DRC closest to you.

Business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey can apply for assistance by calling (800) 621-3362, or visit www.disasterassistance.gov.  For updates, visit www.fema.gov/sandy

How to Locate a Business Recovery Center 
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun opening Business Recovery Centers in New York and New Jersey.  For more information, call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go to www.sba.gov.


FEMA recently activated Emergency Lodging Assistance for individuals recently displaced by weather events.  These individuals and families may require lodging at your hotel. Please go to ela.corplodging.com to:    

  • Determine whether guests are eligible for payment from CLC 
  • Check guests-in 
  • Learn about guest documentation requirements and retention policies 
  • Bill guests electronically for rapid payment 
  • Answer the most frequently asked questions about the program 

Please take a moment to review the site so you will be prepared if an evacuee arrives at your hotel or you are contacted by a FEMA or CLC representative.   

NYC Food and Water Distribution Locations: 
For a list of NYC food and water distribution locations, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html

Ready New Jersey:
For a list of open pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, and gas stations in New Jersey, visit http://readynj.posterous.com/list-of-pharmacies-hotels-restaurants-and-gas
Please note - This information is voluntarily provided and may not be complete.

Google Crisis Map 
Google.org has created a Crisis Map for Super Storm Sandy that can be found at http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy. The map shows power outages; food and gas locations and status; Shelters and Recovery Centers; and Local Emergency Twitter feeds.

Hurricane Sandy Hotline 
The Governor of New York has established a hotline for residents seeking more information on disaster relief.  For information, call 855-697-72639 (the phone number has 8 digits), or visit www.ny-alert.gov.

Donate to Sandy Relief Efforts 
AH&LA, IHMRS, and BDNY are making significant donations to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross.  Join us in contributing to these relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy via the American Red Cross.   Your help is needed, and your financial donation can make the biggest and most immediate impact. 

Ways to Donate to the American Red Cross:  

  • Online: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations  (This link takes you directly to a webpage for Disaster Relief like Hurricane Sandy.) 
  • $10 Via Text Message*: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate to Disaster Relief efforts  *Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. 
  • Phone: Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) 
AH&LA has identified several relief agencies:

Salvation Army   

Connecticut Food Bank   

FEMA Housing