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Important Resources and Information about Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Updated

Polish and Slavic Center provides information about help for people affected by Hurricane Sandy by phone: tel: 718-383-5290 or 718-383-2360.

JCRC-NY/CAUSE-NY is partnering with UJA -Federation, We Are All Brooklyn , We Are the Bronx, the Queens Fellowship and YouthBridge-NY in this important effort designed to help all New Yorkers in the wake of Sandy and its impact on our area.

If your organization has additional resources or volunteer needs please let us know through our website. We will be sending out another UpLink next week with additional resources.

Below you will find:

Tips, Info, and Resources 
Volunteer Information 
Borough Specific Resources 
Donation Requests

Tips, Info, and Resources:


Detailed List of Resources from NYC Citizen Corps Council:

For a detailed list of updates and resources click here.

The NYC Citizen Corps Council is part of the national Citizen Corps initiative to bring together local leaders from community organizations, government, the private sector, and volunteer programs. The Council promotes grassroots emergency preparedness and volunteerism and helps enable New Yorkers to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Important Safety Tips:

  • You are still encouraged to remain inside for your safety as crews assess downed power lines and open manholes.
  • Please check on your neighbors - especially the elderly and disabled - now more than ever New Yorker's need each other!
  • Cellular service is very limited in certain areas related to the power outages, please locate someone with a traditional "land-line" hard wired home phone in case the need to make emergency phone calls may arise - develop a plan!
  • Fully loaded freezers can keep food an average of 36 hours, DO NOT open to check them
  • Reports of power outages and gas issues should be directed to 1-800-75-CONED
  • Reports of downed trees should be directed to 311, NOT 911
  • All East River bridges are now open, but subject to periodic closures if winds increase
  • The 2012 Annual East Village Halloween Parade has been CANCELLED.
  • The NYPD has also increased high visibility patrols in areas without power for everyone's safety. As always, if you see criminal activity please report it immediately to 911.


Useful Links and Resources:

MTA Updates - 
NYC Government Updates- 
There will be various ways to volunteer to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - Want to Volunteer? Please email with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise. 
Donate to the Red Cross 
Volunteer with the NYC Public Advocate’s Office

Still need to find a shelter? Text SHELTER and a Zip code to 4FEMA (43362) 
Volunteers are needed in various areas, please click here for more opportunities.

For Twitter updates follow @NYCMayorsOffice or @NYCOEM

How to Apply for FEMA Assistance:

Those in the county designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at, by web enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly.The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) Monday through Sunday until further notice. For more detailed information click here.

US Department of Health and Human Serrvices Health Tips:

HHS information on protecting health immediately after a hurricane or to prepare for disasters is available at In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has health tips available by texting SANDY to 87000. Additional information about the storm and status can be found here.

Food and Water Distribution Stations:

For a list of NYC food and water distribution locations, please visit: Additional sites will be added to the list as information becomes available.

Volunteer Information:

Red Cross Volunteers Needed:

Thousands of Red Cross workers and volunteers are currently on the scene across multiple eastern states serving meals and snacks to families with no electricity or running water, providing shelter, clean-up kits, emotional support and more. For as long as we're needed, we'll be there but we are currently in need of more support. Volunteers are needed to help in New York and New Jersey. Can we count on you? 
We are looking for people to help in the following ways: provide assistance in shelters, provide support in our warehouses, help with distributing needed supplies, help with serving meals, help in identifying areas that are damaged, so that we can send the right services. 
If you are able to volunteer your time for one day or more, please click here to register as available and a Red Cross representative will reach out to you shortly.


Evacuation Center Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for a Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder
Many of these Evacuation Centers still need volunteers so type in your information and see where the closest Evacuation Center is for a chance to volunteer locally.

Tech Volunteers Needed:

NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing volunteers with technology skills to help with relief efforts and help New York-area businesses and organizations get their technology back up and running after Hurricane Sandy. Fill out the info form here.


Borough Specific Resources:

Bronx Emergency Blood Drive This Friday:

The New York Blood Center (NYBC) has lost approximately 4500 units of blood due to cancellations Mon – Wed. They anticipate that they will continue to be forced to cancel blood drives throughout the weekend and perhaps even into next week. In all, NYBC will likely have lost 6000 or more donations, and types O-, B- and platelets are in extremely short supply. The Bronx was hit very hard in the storm but if there is anything you can do to help we would really appreciate it. This Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Bronx County Building.


Bronxworks and Resources for Bronx Residents:

Bronxworks Drop-in Center has remained and will remain open 24 hours a day. They have been transporting individuals to and from hospitals and other evacuation shelters throughout the Borough. Their team is currently canvassing Bronx neighborhoods and checking on fragile individuals. To find out more on ways to help as well as resources for individuals in the Bronx check out their websitehere.

Assistance for Queens Businesses Affected by Hurricane Sandy:

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is committed to the safety and success of its businesses, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you need any assistance or have any questions at all. Please visit the following websites to learn more about the assistance available to you and your business: how to find assistance/apply for assistanceinteractive map from ConEdison which lists outages and includes projected service times/datesNew York City Business Assistance Programs. Please be careful during this time of recovery. Many dangers may be hidden by water and debris. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Queens Chamber should you have any questions at all. Our phone number is 718-898-8500.


Donation Requests:

St. Bernadette's Church is Accepting Donations:
St. Bernadette's Church is accepting donations for hurricane relief. Items can be dropped off to the rectory Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8:30pm. 8201 13th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11228 (718) 837-3400 

NYPD Community Affairs Bureau Request for Donations:
In order to provide assistance to our fellow New Yorker's in this time of urgent need we have established a donation point at the following location: Resort World Casino (Former Aqueduct Racetrack) 110-00 Rockaway Blvd ; Jamaica, NY 11420, Next to JFK airport - Enter from 109th Street & Rockaway Blvd. Any questions can be directed to the Community Affairs Bureau at 646-610-5323 or via email at *Store owners, or other large businesses interested in bulk donations should contact the above number to coordinate logistics.

Helping Hands for the Disabled Request for Donations:
Many of our clients lost food due to power outages. We could use some food or gift cards to help them recoup. If you can help call 718-606-9712, Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC.


Here are the Donation Centers organized by boroughs and state:

Bowery Mission 
Open 24/7 
227 Bowery Street (Between Houston and Christie)

Park Ave. Tavern 
39th & Park, Manhattan

The Saloon 
83rd and York, Manhattan

46 Hester Street 
New York, NY

Salvation Army Thrift Store 
208 East 23rd Street 
New York, NY 
(212) 532-8115

The Salvation Army Greater New York Division 
120 W 14th Street, New York, NY 10011

Happy Warrior Playground 
Annunciation Park 
Carl Schurz Park 
Anne Loftus Playground (at Fort Tryon Park) 
Randall’s Island (Friday and Saturday only) 
Click here to volunteer in Manhattan

Prospect Park 
McCarren Park 
Click here to volunteer in Brooklyn

Fort Green/Clinton Hill 
45 Waverly Avenue 
just off of Park Ave in Fort Green/Clinton Hill 
(Hours for Nov 1: 10am-6pm)

Park Slope 
New Hope Church 
120/122 16th St btw 4th and 5th ave 
Contact: Pastor Craig: (718) 768-5275

Good Co., 
10 Hope Street, Williamsburg

Pour House, 
7901 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge

Mullanes, S. Elliot & Lafayette, Fort Greene

Sean James Aiken (private house), 
118 Freeman St. b/t Manhattan & Franklin, Greenpoint

Red Hook 
The Red Hook Initiative 
767 Hicks Street 
Contact: Mariya (347) 770-1528 (but please just show up!)

Specific Requests in Redhook: 
(Will be updated at 
prepared food (including food for children) 
batteries,flashlights, power strips, toiletries (including toilet paper and paper towels), utensils such as spoons and bowls, jugs of water

Bay Ridge 
9108 Colonial Rd. Brooklyn 11209 #E9

Sunset Park 
St. Jacobi Church 
5406 4th Ave 
Contact: Ronnie 646-353-5194

Specific Requests in Sunset Park: 
steamtable foil pans full or half size w lids, blankets, cleaning supplies, tin foil, saran wrap

Williamsburg (starting Nov 1, 10am) 
306 Leonard St, apt J1 (btwn Conselyea and Metropolitan) 
Contact: Jennifer (917) 586-4153

136 Jefferson Ave, apt 2 11216

East Billyburg (Beginning Thursday Nov 1 at 12 noon) 
House of Yes 
342 Maujer st 
Contact: Kae Burke (525)217-7209

Downtown Brooklyn 
2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Floor

collect toiletries and clothes (esp. socks, underwear, sweatshirts) and bring them to any of the locations below: 
Park Ave. Tavern, 39th & Park, Manhattan 
The Saloon, 83rd and York, Manhattan 
Good Co., 10 Hope Street, Williamsburg 
Pour House, 7901 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge 
Mullanes, S. Elliot & Lafayette, Fort Greene 
Sean James Aiken (private house), 118 Freeman St. b/t Manhattan & Franklin, Greenpoint

-----Staten Island----------------------------------------------------- 
Rab's Country Lanes 
600 Hylan Blvd. in Dongan Hills 
They need clothing, blankets, food, towels, water, pet food and anyone willing to volunteer at the site-- report to Rab's.

Petrides Evacuation Center 
715 Ocean Terrace 
Staten Island, NY 10301

Wagner HS 
1200 Manor Road 
Staten Island, NY 10314

Queens (Friday and Saturday only) 
Brookville Park 
Baisley Pond Park 
Click here to volunteer in Queens

Evacuation center at Tottenville High School 
100 Luten Avenue 
Staten Island, NY 10312 
Needs volunteers, soap and other basic supplies.

Van Cortlandt Park 
Orchard Beach 
Click here to volunteer in the Bronx

-----Long Island---------------------------------------------------- 

DONATE MONEY=========================

Text iCARE to 85944 to donate $10.


-----Blood Drives in NYS----------------------------------------------------- 
Kingston Donor Center 
51 Albany Ave, Kingston, NY 
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

IBM East Fishkill Donor Center 
2070 Rt 52, Bldg 320, Hopewell Junction, NY 
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Elmsford Donor Center 
525 Executive Blvd., Elmsford, NY 

8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Upper East Side Donor Center 
310 E. 67th St., NYC 

9:00 am to 7:00 pm

New York Blood Center- Westbury 
1200 Prospect Ave., Westbury, NY 

9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Donor Center 
120 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, NY 

8:30 am to 8:00 pm

Staten Island Donor Center 
2791 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Rockville Centre Donor Center 
290 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 
7:30 am to 7:30 pm

Lake Success Donor Center 
2500 Marcus Ave., Lake Success, NY

7:30 am to 7:45 pm

Clark Rescue Squad

875 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Rutgers University- Davidson Hall 
104 Davidson Ave., Piscataway, NJ 
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Poughkeepsie Galleria Mal 
2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie 

10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Grant D. Morse Elementary School 
70 Harry Wells Road, Saugerties, NY 
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Orange County 
30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 

9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sugar Loaf Engine Company 
1408 Kings Highway, Chester, NY 
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Avon Products Midland & Peck Avenues, Rye, NY 
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

SUNY New Paltz- Student Union 
75 South Manheim Road, New Paltz, NY 
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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