Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance

November 9, 2012 in Best of Both, disaster assistance, Hurricane Sandy, Resources by MyBestofBothWorlds

Here in the tri-state area recovery from Hurricane Sandy remains challenging, the efforts were further complicated when a Nor’easter dumped up to nine inches of snow in some areas, caused additional flooding and the high winds brought more trees down.  Thus making life even more difficult.  Many Long Islanders still have no power, no heat and have waited on long lines to purchase gas.   As with my post earlier in the week HELP for Long Islanders after Sandy, today’s post is an extensive listing  of disaster assistance sites and resources that can hopefully make life a bit easier during this trying time.

With gas lines in New York City and Long Island still stubbornly long and no relief for gas shortages in sight, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg imposed an odd-even gas rationing rule Thursday that goes into effect at 6 a.m. Friday 11/9/12. Identical rules are going into effect in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island at 5 a.m. Friday.

WHERE TO GET GAS Please check these sites frequently as status changes quickly.

Gas Station Mapper
Gas Buddy: can help locate gas stations that are open and serving customers
Updated list of the gas stations that are open and operating on Long Island.
Hess Station Fuel Information








CREDIT UNIONS: Teachers Federal Credit Union Information
Below is a list of the TFCU branches that are open and operational, including their ATMs: Amityville Bay Shore BNL (Facility Employees Only) Entenmanns Farmingville (Branch Only) Hauppauge Holbrook Huntington Nesconset North Babylon Port Jeff Station Riverhead Rocky Point (Branch Only) Selden Shirley Smithtown South Setauket SUNY Stony Brook Student Activities Center SUNY Stony Brook Health Sciences Center

Bethpage Federal Credit Union: All branches have been resorted and are open for business, as of Monday, November 5, 2012, 11:00 am). Telephone Service Center is available at 800-628-7070. For complete information and full details, please visit.

Astoria Federal Savings
Dime: Hurricane Sandy Update – Dime Branch Availability; Important Information For Dime Customers: All Dime branches, with the exception of Bellmore, are open to serve you.
First National Bank of New York: Our Massapequa Branch is open with full service. Our Melville Branch is open with full service.
JP Morgan Chase
TD Bank: Many TD Bank locations throughout the area will be closed or have limited hours over the next several days due to flooding and power outages. Call us at 1-888-751-9000 to get the latest storm hours for your local TD Bank.

LIPA is still working to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Customers should be prepared for service outages lasting several more days, officials said.
Outages should be reported by calling 800-490-0075, online at or by texting OUT to 695472.
GAS ISSUES: Leaks should be reported to National Grid by calling 800-490-0045. LIPA

LIPA Outage Map: or 1-800-490-0075

National Grid:  or 1-800-867-5222 (Upstate Electricity), 1-800-892-2345 (Upstate Gas), 1-718-643-4050 (Metro Area Gas), 1-800-490-0045 (Long Island Gas) National Grid (gas emergency) 800-867-5222

Con Ed or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633)
Downed Power Lines: 1-800-490-0075
NEVER touch or go near any downed wire, safety should still be your highest priority. Assume any downed wire is a live electric wire. Stay away from it and report it to LIPA immediately 24/7 at 1-800-490-0075.

Other Utilities Optimum Customers with electrical power but without Optimum services should call 1-800-305-2340 to report their situation. Cablevision Eastern Long Island Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Islip, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Smithtown, Southold, Southampton: 631-267-6900 or 631-727-6300 Cablevision Western Long Island Hempstead, Huntington, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay: 516-364-8400 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Residents in Long Beach should not drink the water.
The Water Authority of Western Nassau County advised customers that their water is safe to drink, but asked that use be limited because the agency is relying on emergency generators. Customers with problems should call 516-327-4100.
Water supplies from Suffolk Water Authority are safe to drink, agency officials said. The exception is
on Fire Island, where power was shut off Sunday, October 28, 2012. For more information, customers should call 631-698-9500.
The Suffolk Health Department advised anyone with a well that was covered by flooding to drink bottled water and have the well tested.

Suffolk County Water Authority (24 hour repair) 631-665-0663 Suffolk County Water Authority 631-698-9500


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For updated information: Call the Red Cross at 631-924-6911 or 1-800-733-2767 Visit www.
The American Red Cross has opened six feeding sites in areas of Long Island that were especially hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Three sites are open in Nassau County and three in Suffolk County.
Red Cross workers will be distributing food, blankets and water. The hours of operation for each feeding site will be 11 am to 1 pm for lunch and from 4 pm to 6 pm for dinner.

The sites are:
Nickerson Beach Park 880 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach, NY
Cedar Creek Park 3340 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY (east of Wantagh Avenue)
Christopher Morley Park 500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn, NY
Riverhead County Center 210 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY
H.L. Dennison 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY
Mastic Fire House 1080 Mastic Road, Mastic, NY
QUEENS (MOBILE FEEDING CENTERS) (12 PM – 4 PM) Red Fern Playground (Between Beach 12th Street and Red Fern Avenue) Hammel Playground (Between Beach 84th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd) Beach 41st Street Houses at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 40th Street. St. Francis de Sales Parish 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd at Beach 129th Street Conch Playground at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 49th Street
For more information, call the Red Cross at 631-924-6911 or 1-800-733-2767.

Island Harvest will distribute up to 20,000 sandwiches and drinks today to residents on the streets of the following neighborhoods today through a Mobile Distribution Center: • Freeport • Island Park • Massapequa • Seaford
FEMA’s Points of Distribution (PODs) are located throughout the north and south shores of Nassau County.

Locations include:
SOUTH SHORE Bellmore: Newbridge Road Park, 2600 S. Newbridge Rd. East Rockaway: Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach: East Elementary – Intersection of Neptune & Hudson Blvd Long Beach: West Elementary – Intersection of Maryland and Beach St Island Park: Lincoln Ornes Middle School, 150 Trafalger Blvd Island Park:Heggarty School, 100 Radcliffe Road Massapequa Park: Marjorie R. Post Community Park, 451 Unqua Rd. Oceanside: Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Dr.

NORTH SHORE Bayville: Stehli Beach, Corner of Bayville Rd & Bayville Ave. Great Neck:Great Neck North High School, 35 Polo Road Great Neck:Great Neck South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd Manhasset: Manhasset Secondary School, 200 Memorial Place New Cassel/Westbury: New Cassel Community Center, Garden Street New Hyde Park: Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Ave Port Washington: Off Main Street and Haven Ave. Roslyn: Train Station, Lincoln Ave & Railroad Ave Woodbury: Syosset Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike

Hot Showers: Free hot shower facilities at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park and the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale. Hours of operation are 8 am – 11 pm daily until further notice.
North Hempstead: Offering comfort stations with heat, showers, and charging stations. The stations are located at the Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park in New Hyde Park, “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury and the Clubhouse at Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington. Hours are 7 am – 7 pm. Residents are asked to bring toiletries and towels.
Warming Centers Open 24 Hours:
-Levittown Memorial H.S.; 150 Abbey Lane in Levittown
-Manhasset H.S.; 200 Memorial Place, Manhasset
-Farmingdale H.S.; 150 Lincoln Street, Farmingdale
Warming Centers Open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.:
-Nassau County Senior Center Freeport
-Nassau County Senior Center Great Neck
-Nassau County Senior Center Magnolia Gardens
-Nassau County Senior Center Oyster Bay
-Rockville Centre American Legion, 197 Maple Ave.
-Bethpage Senior Community Center
-Merrick Library
-Bellmore Library
-Bethpage Library
-Freeport Memorial Library
Hempstead Town Warming Centers, Showers for Hurricane Victims
Hempstead Town is opening the following locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as warming centers: Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 North Grand Avenue, Baldwin Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Road, Elmont Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Road, Valley Stream Levittown Senior Center, 555 Newbridge Road, Levittown
Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Turnpike, Roosevelt Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Road, Wantagh Merrick Road Golf Course Clubhouse, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick Echo Park Pool, 399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead
In addition, Echo Park Indoor Pool and Athletic Complex, located at 399 Nassau Blvd. in West Hempstead will be accessible to residents seeking warm showers. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Warming Centers will provide residents without electricity a chance to get warm, charge electronic devices, get some food. The centers, their hours of operation and their facilities are: William J. Brosnan School Northport-East Northport School District 158 Laurel Ave Northport Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Sunday and Monday Charging Center American Legion Hall 7 Woodside Ave Northport 9 am – 3pm Sunday
Central Presbyterian Church 240 Main Street, Huntington Open: Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3p.m. Providing: Sandwiches, charging stations and internet access
Temple Beth El 660 Park Avenue, Huntington Open: Sundays – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Providing: Warming area, water and charging stations
St. Hugh of Lincoln R. C. Church New York Avenue at East 9th Street Huntington Station Open: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Providing: Warming Center
Light of Salvation Church 1599 New York Avenue Huntington Station Open: Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm Sunday: 9 am to 1pm Providing: Warming center and food.
Dix Hills Ice Rink Dix Hills Park 575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills – 11746 Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Providing: Free ice skating, coffee and hot chocolate, showers, and charging stations. Snacks can be purchased at the concession stand
Huntington YMCA 60 Main Street-11743 Open: 8am to 5pm Providing: Showers and charging stations Salvation Army East Northport Service Center 319 Clay Pitts Road, East Northport 7 days: 10am – 8pm

HOUSING How Do I Find a Place to Stay?
For immediate housing needs, the American Red Cross and other volunteer agencies set up shelters for people who cannot return to their homes. (See the following resources for short-term assistance)
For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing.
To be eligible:
1. The home must be the applicant’s primary residence.
2. The home must have been destroyed, become uninhabitable, or be inaccessible as a result of the disaster.
3. The insurance covering the dwelling does not fully cover applicant’s additional living expense and/or home repairs.
Apply for assistance
Search for information about housing rental resources


Nassau Community College; P Building – located at 1 Education Drive in Garden City East Levittown Memorial High School: located at 150 Abbey Lane in Levittown Manhasset High School; 200 Memorial Place, Manhasset Farmingdale Senior High School; 150 Lincoln Street, Farmingdale Glen Cove High School; 150 Desoris Lane, Glen Cove
The Town of North Hempstead is encouraging its 100,000 senior citizens to go to its shelters at high schools in Manhasset, Glen Cove, or other Nassau County shelters.
An Orthodox Jewish shelter at West Hempstead High School located at 400 Nassau Boulevard in West Hempstead.
PET-FRIENDLY SHELTER IN NASSAU Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex, Administration Building, in Uniondale. The North Shore Animal League America has three mobile units and already is caring for about 100 animals.

SUFFOLK COUNTY Sachem High School East; 177 Granny Road, Farmingville, NY Robert Frost Middle School; 450 Half Hollow Road, Deer Park Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington, NY
PET-FRIENDLY SHELTERS IN SUFFOLK Brentwood Recreation Center, 99 Third Avenue, Brentwood, NY, 11717 Woodland Building at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead

FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE: FEMA provides information about what kinds of disaster assistance is available and supports state, tribal and local officials, the private sector, non-profits, faith-based groups and the general public in recovery efforts. You can register for FEMA assistance by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) or visiting

There is never a fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance or to receive it. There is no fee for FEMA or U.S. Small Business Administration property damage inspections. Please be aware: Government workers will never ask for a fee or payment. They wear a photo ID. Watch out for middlemen who promise you will receive money, especially if they ask for an up-front payment.

Disaster assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of a federally-declared disaster, and whose losses are not covered by insurance. It is meant to help you with critical expenses that cannot be covered in other ways. This assistance is not intended to restore your damaged property to its condition before the disaster. While some housing assistance funds are available through our Individuals and Households Program, most disaster assistance from the Federal government is in the form of loans administered by the Small Business Administration.

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) urges homeowners who experienced property losses to file insurance claims with their insurers promptly and as soon as possible after losses occur. It is important to provide policy numbers and all information relevant to the loss. To best document losses, homeowners should to take photos or videos showing the extent of the losses before cleaning up damage. FEMA provides information about what kinds of disaster assistance is available and supports state, tribal and local officials, the private sector, non-profits, faith-based groups and the general public in recovery efforts. Permanent repairs should not be made until after insurers have inspected losses. Damaged personal property should be kept until after an insurance settlement has been reached. In addition, homeowners should cooperate fully with their insurer and keep a diary of all conversations with the insurance agent, including the agent’s name, as well as the times and dates of all calls or visits. Homeowners are also reminded that flood damage is only covered by flood insurance, which is a federal program administered by FEMA. Homeowners who have flood insurance and have flood damage should make claims through that insurance. DFS will be sending its mobile command center to hard hit areas to help consumers with insurance questions and problems. DFS has activated a Disaster Hotline to answer consumer questions and help with problems. The Disaster Hotline number is 800-339-1759. It is staffed Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 8 PM and Saturday – Sunday from 9 AM – 4 PM. Homeowners unable to resolve disputes with insurers can file complaints at The Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated its transitional shelter program, which allows those who cannot return to their homes because of storm damage to stay in participating hotels, motels, or other housing. You must first register with FEMA at a recovery center, by calling 800-631-3362 or by going to

Voluntary Recall of Champion Portable Generators Important Product Recall Notice: Models 41532 and 41332 For Immediate Release Champion Power Equipment has issued a voluntary product recall on the following products sold at Costco USA: Model # 41532 – 9000 Watt / 7000 Watt Wireless Remote Electric Start Portable Generator (Retail $699) Model # 41332 – 8250 Watt / 6500 Watt Wireless Remote Electric Start Portable Generator (Retail $699)

Bridges, Subways, Commuter Railways and Roads For the latest information regarding subway, bus and commuter rail availability, visit:
Island Harvest in Mineola is taking donations, especially protein products in cans, personal-care items, and baby items. For more information, call 631-873-4775.
Long Island Cares is accepting donations, with the most crucial need for diapers and baby formula that will be delivered to emergency shelters. For more information, call 631-582-FOOD
Long Island Food Not Bombs is seeking new volunteers and donations of food, clothing, gasoline and communications devices.
B’nai B’rith International opened a disaster relief fund or Sandy and is collecting donations. To donate or for more information go to