Hurricane Sandy - Returning Home /
Applying for Disaster Assistance
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Staying Safe Returning Home:
When you are getting ready to return
home, make some plans before you travel. There are many challenges to staying safe while making repairs and
cleaning up debris after a storm, according to state and federal emergency management officials.
a cleanup kit before you go back home. Your kit should include: rubber gloves, cleaning products, bleach, sponges,
goggles, spatula, cleanup suits, rubber boots, odor-control products, trash bags, hydrogen peroxide,
adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointments and work towels.
Tips: Before Entering a Building
Utility checks: Check for downed
or loose power lines and gas leaks. Gas leaks will smell like rotten eggs. Call the utility company
(1-800-75-CONED) immediately if you suspect you have a gas leak. If you see a downed power line, move away from
the line and from anything touching it and contact your utility company. Do not try to move either
the downed power line or anything in contact with it by using another object such as a branch, stick or broom.
Do not drive over a downed line.
Look for external damage: Examine the foundation,
roof and chimney for cracks or other damage. Inspect porch roofs and overhangs. If you find obvious
damage or have serious doubts about safety, contact a building inspector before you go inside.
building slowly and carefully: If the door sticks at the top as it opens, it could mean the ceiling is ready to
cave in. If you force the door open, stand outside to avoid being hit by falling debris. If in doubt
about the safety of a building, do not enter. If the ceiling is sagging, or there are other signs the building
is in a weakened condition or about to collapse, leave the building immediately.
Tips: After Entering a Building
Double check and re-check for gas
leaks: To be safe, assume there COULD be a gas leak in the house. Return to your home during daylight to avoid
turning on lights. Do not light candles, cigarettes or operate electrical switches in the house until it has been
inspected and is safe.
If you smell gas or hear a hissing or blowing sound,
open a window and leave immediately. Turn off the main gas valve from the outside, if you can. Call
the gas company from a neighbor's residence or from a cell phone away from the building.
around electricity: If possible, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If the situation
is unsafe, leave the building and call for help. If you are wet, standing in water, or are unsure
of your safety, do not check the electrical system. You may want to have an electrician inspect your wiring. Do
not turn on the lights until you are sure they're safe to use.
electrical power is turned off, unplug all appliances: Clean them out and let them dry. Then have them checked
by a professional before using them again.
Check water and sewage systems:
If pipes are damaged, turn off the main water valve. Check with local authorities to make sure the water is not
contaminated. As of 9:00am today the Mayor's office has declared the water safe for drinking, although it may
taste slightly different as extra chlorine was added as a precaution.
Tips for Cleaning Up
Protective clothing: Wear protective clothing and
make sure your hands, arms, feet and legs are covered. If you have cuts on your hands or other body
parts, protect them from contact with water or debris. You will want to protect yourself from inhaling harmful
odors or fumes while cleaning up. Even people with no known risk factors for mold should wear filtering
face masks and gloves if they plan to do anything more than look around.
caution as you begin clean!
Applying for disaster
Call FEMA: 800-621-3362 (TTY for the Deaf: 800-462-7585)
The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) Monday through Sunday
until further notice.
Online: DisasterAssistance.gov ; Smartphone users can visit: m.fema.gov
Assistance for affected individuals and families can include as required:
payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be
provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance
may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.
for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged
dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.
*Grants to replace personal property
and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered
by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not
qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.
loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000
for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available
up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.
up to $2 million for small businesses, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that
have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from
the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed
a total of $2 million.
*Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those
traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance
for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.
will need the following information to complete the registration:
You will be asked to provide your social security number. If you do not
have a social security number, your household may still be eligible to receive assistance if there
is a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Qualified Alien with a
social security number. If you are registering for a business, enter the social security number of
the responsible party for the business, the social security number will be used for an identifier
- Insurance information
You will be asked to identify
the type(s) of insurance coverage you have.
- Financial information
be asked to enter your family's gross total household income at the time of the disaster.
Along with the address and phone number where the damages occurred, you will
be asked for information on how FEMA can contact you. It is very important that you provide FEMA with your
current mailing address and phone numbers where you can be contacted.
Funds Transfer (EFT) Direct Deposit Information (optional)
If you are determined to be
eligible for assistance and would prefer that funds be transferred to your account, you will be asked for your
banking information, which includes; the institution name, type of account, routing and account number.
and Release Form
If you have applied for assistance and need to complete a Declaration and
Release Form (OMB form 009-0-3), please fill it out and send it to:
Individuals & Households Program
National Processing Service Center
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
Or fax it to: 1-800-827-8112. If you need help filling
out this form, please call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
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