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Storm Information
Warming Shelter
As of Monday, 11/5, the Warming Shelter is no longer in operation.  For those in need of a warm place to go, the Irvington Public Library located at 12 South Astor St., is open from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

211 Information Line
Residents are advised to call 211 for the latest information on roads, transportation and volunteering information.  2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. 

Volunteering
Some have asked about ways to help out with storm recovery efforts.  Here are two opportunities.


Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
If you live or work in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk or Westchester counties and you lost your income due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from the NY State Dept. of Labor. You may qualify for DUA even if you would not normally be able to get unemployment insurance benefits. Find out more here.

FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to include Westchester and Rockland Counties in its major disaster declaration for New York. Because the damage is so significant, the lower Hudson Valley is officially eligible for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance to help recover. 
  

  • If you have suffered personal losses of uninsured property as a result of Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for Individual Assistance, which can include housing assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, and more.  
  • Public Assistance covers repairs or replacement of infrastructure (roads, bridges, public buildings), but also includes debris removal and emergency protective and public safety measures.  
  
To learn more about these federal assistance programs, begin the application process, or check your application status, please visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov, m.fema.gov on your smartphone, or call 1-800-621-3362. 

Disaster Recovery Center
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center  is now open:
Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave
White Plains, NY 10606
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, 7 days a week including Veterans Day
Parking: Parking is free to those visiting the FEMA DRC.

The center is staffed with representatives from:

  • Con Edison to answer customer questions about outages and restorations
  • FEMA to help individuals, households apply for financial aid for losses and damages caused by the storm
  • The Small Business Administration, which will help businesses apply for low-interest loans for storm-related damages 
  • A variety of social services agencies to provide residents with recovery assistance
  • The Department of Health, which will be giving free tetanus shots to anyone involved with cleanup, at the County Center  Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at other locations. 
  • There will also be representatives from the Small Business Administration, who can explain low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size.

FEMA strongly advises that people register in advance of visiting the disaster center. Residents can apply for FEMA aid without coming to the County Center. The first step is to register either by calling FEMA’s registration number 1-800-621-3362; or logging into  www.disasterassistance.gov. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number at 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center Locator: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm


Resources
Westchester County - important announcements from the County government
Con Edison Storm Central - outage maps and other resources