3 Important Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resources

FEMA will provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy

1. Where to Get Food and Water in New York’s Blackout Zones

from DNAinfo.com

Residents struggling with a lack of food and water in areas left without power after Hurricane Sandy can start get supplies starting Thursday afternoon, as federal authorities began delivering meals across the city.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Guard are set to bring 1 million meals and bottled water to New Yorkers in the affected areas of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

Each person will be allowed three meals and five bottles of water per day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Food will also be delivered directly to home-bound residents, the mayor said. Bloomberg said that 400 National Guard members, as well as 24 staffers from the Salvation Army, would help with the delivery effort.

The deliveries will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The city has set up the food-delivery stations at the following locations:


  • Chelsea Park (Chelsea): 27th Street between Ninth and 10th Avenues.
  • Vladic Playground (East Village): 10th Avenue between Avenues C and D.
  • Smith Playground (Lower East Side): Catherine Street between Cherry and Monroe streets.
  • Hamilton Fish (Lower East Side): Pitt Street at East Houston Street.
  • Confucius Plaza (Chinatown): The Bowery at Division Street.
  • Grand Street Settlement Houses (Lower East Side) – WATER ONLY: 413 Grand St. at Clinton Street.


  • Surf Avenue Playground (Coney Island): West 25th Street and Surf Avenue.
  • Red Hook Coffey Park (Red Hook): 85 Richards St.


  • Redfern Houses Playground (Rockaways): 1462 Beach Channel Dr. (Redfern and Beach 12th Street).
  • Hammel Playground (Rockaways): Beach 84th St. and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
  • Conch Playground (Rockaways): Beach 51st Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
  • Hallets Cove (Astoria): Veron Boulevard at 30th Road and Astoria Boulevard.


  • Parking lot at the corner of Mill Road and New Dorp Lane.
  • Yetman Avenue and Hylan Boulevard.

2. Occupy Sandy Relief


Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. 

Occupy Wall Street & 350.org have teamed up with Recovers.org – a people-powered disaster relief platform – to help coordinate response to Hurricane Sandy in NYC. At  
Recovers.org we are launching support pages where people can GIVE help or post a NEED.

Here is more information about this coalition. We have started with the following Recovery pages, and more will be coming soon:

All sites need the following items:

  • blankets
  • candles
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • water
  • food
  • socks
  • towels
  • printer paper
  • baby items (diapers etc.)
  • pet food

Supplies can be dropped off in these areas (click herefor addresses and hours): 

  • Fort Green/Clinton Hill
  • Park Slope
  • Red Hook
  • Bay Ridge
  • Williamsburg
  • Bed-Stuy
  • Downtown Brooklyn
  • Harlem
  • Lower East Side
  • Chinatown
  • Staten Island  


3. Federal Disaster Relief

from NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg

The Federal Government has a website that allows people to apply for disaster relief assistance online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov

This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration.  The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply, and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.

If you want to apply by phone rather than the Internet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

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