YALE/TULANE ESF-8 PLANNING AND RESPONSE PROGRAM SPECIAL REPORT STATE LINKS HURRICANE SANDY - RECOVERY FEDERAL LINKSConnecticut FEDERAL GOVERNMENTCT Department of Emergency Services and Public BACKGROUNDProtection FEMATwitter | Facebook CURRENT SITUATION Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | BlogHurricane Sandy Preparations DEATH TOLL Ready. GovNew JerseyNew Jersey Office of Emergency Management FEDERAL ACTIVITIES HHSTwitter | Facebook | Public Health Emergency – ASPR USACE Twitter | FacebookNew York StateNew York State Division of Homeland Security and HHS CDCEmergency Services Twitter | FacebookTwitter| Facebook | You TubeNWS Office NYC RED CROSS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICEHurricane Sandy News and Information National Weather Service NEW JERSEY National Hurricane Center New York City New York City Office of Emergency Preparedness NEW YORK NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC Twitter| Facebook | You Tube ADMINISTRATION NWS Office NYC NEW YORK CITY NOAA All Hazard Watch NOAA Environmental Visual Laboratory DOD NORTHCOM THE FOCUS OF THIS REPORT WILL BE PRIMARILY Twitter | Facebook ON NY AND NJ ARMY NORTH Twitter | Facebook U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY AS OF 10:00PM EST 21 NOV 2012
BACKGROUNDOVERVIEW: Hurricane Sandy was a late-season NOR’EASTER: Immediately after Sandy made US LANDFALLtropical cyclone that first affected Jamaica, Cuba, landfall, forecasters were already discussing the Just before 8 a.m. EDT, on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-The Bahamas, Haiti and Florida before slamming into possibility of a noreaster directly impacting the northwest and started to make its expected approach towardsthe U.S. East Coast and Canada. In diameter, it was North East during the following week. In the U.S. coast. At 7 p.m. EDT that evening, Sandy was declared athe largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds preparation for the storm, some residents of post-tropical cyclone, while still maintaining Category 1 strength.spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km) the states coastal areas were evacuated once Sandy made its final landfall 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Atlantic again due to the threat of high winds, flooding, City, New Jersey at about 8 p.m. EDT on October 29 .TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT: The eighteenth tropical and storm surge of up to three feet; . Thecyclone and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic storm hit New Jersey, New York, Connecticuthurricane season, Sandy developed from an and New England on November 7, a little moreelongated tropical wave in the western Caribbean than a week after Sandys landfall bringingSea on October 22. It quickly strengthened after snow, freezing temperatures, downing treesbecoming a tropical depression and was upgraded to and power lines.a tropical storm six hours later. On October 24,Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane. The stormmade landfall on Cuba during the early morning ofOctober 25 as a Category 2 hurricane. During thelate evening of October 25, Sandy weakened toCategory 1 strength; in the early hours of October26, it headed north through the Bahamas and north U.S. IMPACT: Sandy impacted 24 states, 14 along the U.S. Eastalong the U.S. East Coast. Sandy showed some Coast, from Florida to New England, stretching tropical stormcharacteristics of both tropical and extratropical force winds far inland, causing major flooding in coastalcyclones on October 26 and briefly weakened to a communities and New York City, exacerbating mountain snows intropical storm in the early morning hours of October RESPONSE: Sandy caused billions in damage. the Mid Atlantic Appalachian region, especially in West Virginia,27, then strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane The widespread destruction has resulted in halting mass transit and cutting power to more than 7 millionlater that morning. the largest relief effort since Hurricane homes and businesses, and causing at least $50 billion in estimated damages across the East Coast, Mid Atlantic and Katrina. Local, tribal, state and federal assets FATALITIES BY COUNTRY have been mobilized to meet the needs. Appalachian regions.
CURRENT SITUATION ENEREGY ASSITANCE As of 21 NOV 12, More than 453,318 from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, As of 2:00 pm EST November 19, there are no impacted States which have more and Rhode Island had applied for federal disaster assistance and more than $ 844 than 1,000 customers without power due to Hurricane Sandy or the Nor’easter. million has been approved The combined total peak customer outages from Hurricane Sandy and the . Nor’easter (reported in the Situation Reports) are 8,661,527: 8,511,251 from Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost Hurricane Sandy and 150,276 from the Nor’easter Storm, respectively. loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individuals and businesses On Friday (November 16), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in in designated areas who sustained losses due to the storm can apply for federal consultation with the US Department of Energy, extended waivers relating to disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov , by web enabled mobile the use of reformulated gasoline (RFG) and ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) device at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). Disaster assistance through December 7, 2012 for the State of New Jersey, the five boroughs of applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1- New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester counties in the 800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1- State of New York. The RFG waiver allows the sale of conventional gasoline in 800-621-3362. the stated areas. The ULSD waiver allows the use of high-sulfur heating oil in diesel-powered highway and nonroad equipment and vehicles in the stated areas. DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS Within the tri-state area (CT, NJ, NY) there are 76 DRC’s On November 18, the City of New York extended the emergency order that - New York: 37 established an odd-even license plate system for motor fuel purchases through - New Jersey: 31 this Friday (November 23). - Connecticut: 8ESF 12 Actions: ESF 12 staffed the FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) inWashington, D.C. and demobilized on November 19. Additionally, ESF 12 has been Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) continued to open in the hardest hit areas todemobilized from the FEMA New Jersey Joint Field Office (JFO). provide information to survivors. A total of 68 Disaster Recovery Centers were open in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Of that amount, 30 Disaster Recovery Centers were open in New York, 30 in New Jersey and 8 in Connecticut and more SHELTERS AND WARMING CENTERS continued to open. Specialists from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were on hand to answer questions and provide information on WARMING CENTERS the types of assistance available to survivors. To find a disaster recovery center With the drop in temperatures, New York City is providing 235 warming centers location, visit FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, access data by mobile phone located within Senior Centers in the five boroughs for a place to get out of the cold at m.fema.gov or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). To date, more than during the day. Please see link. 46,000 survivors have visited disaster recovery centers for information and SHELTERS assistance. In New Jersey, with only 110 storm evacuees left, the two state-supported shelters located in Monmouth County will close this week (20 NOV 2012) Throughout New Jersey there are 6 state run shelters. FEMA TIMELINE
DEATH TOLL IN THE TRI STATE AREA• Some patterns emerged in mapping the deaths in the region.• Elderly residents were hit especially hard, with close to half of the people who died age 65 or older. In New York City, the majority of deaths occurred in Queens and on Staten Island, and most people perished at the height of the storm, drowned by the surge.• In more inland areas, downed trees were more often the cause of death.• The days after the storm were also deadly, as people tried to clear away storm damage or used poorly ventilated generators to ward off the dark and the cold. New York City 43 deaths Long Island 14 deaths Northern New York Suburbs 7 deaths New Jersey 37 deaths Connecticut 5 deaths SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES – 17 NOV 2012
FEDERAL ACTIVITIESFEMA FEMATwitter | Facebook | YouTube | Blog THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION More than 7,622 FEMA personnel have been deployed (SBA) SBA has an electronic loan application (ELA)• SEEKING ASSISTANCE: call1-800-462-7585 to support response operations, including search and for homeowners, renters and businesses to apply rescue, situational awareness, communications and for a disaster loan for Hurricane Sandy damages.• SHELTERS: for those who are unable to logistical support in states affected by the storm. ELA provides a convenient alternative to visiting a return home, states, tribes, localities and Community relations teams are on the ground in the the Red Cross continue to operate Disaster Recovery Center or mailing in a paper hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster emergency shelters along the East Coast. loan application. The online program checks for survivors about available services and resources and to Download the Red Cross Hurricane app, errors, prompts for more information when gather situational awareness. visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800- needed and provides a quicker decision than the RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check hand-written applications. Visit local media outlets. Download the FEMA FEMA continues to coordinate with the federal family https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela to apply online. smartphone app. To search for shelters who has mobilized hundreds of staff from various federal via text message, text: SHELTER and your agencies to support community relations and operational The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example: activities. More than 2,040 housing inspectors are on the Loans to small businesses, small agricultural Shelter 01234 (Standard rates apply). ground, meeting with disaster survivors to identify cooperatives, small businesses engaged in damages to homes, to further expedite assistance to• FEMA Housing Portal: Individuals and aquaculture, and most private non-profit individuals; To date, FEMA housing inspectors have families who have been displaced by the organizations, to help meet working capital needs completed 80 percent of the more than 92,000 disaster can use the FEMA Housing caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Portal to help find a place to live. inspections requested by disaster survivors in New Loan assistance is available regardless of whether Jersey. In New York, Nearly 1,300 inspectors in the field the business suffered any physical property• Recovery Tips: ensuring your have completed more than 110,000 home inspections. damage. safety and coping with disasters• DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS: A Disaster SBA continues to operate several Business Recovery Center is a readily accessible Recovery Centers in New York and New Jersey. In facility or mobile office where applicants addition to SBA staff in each Disaster Recovery may go for information about FEMA or Center, SBA continues to open and staff Business other disaster assistance programs, Recovery Centers in New York, New Jersey and Currently, a total of 40 Disaster Recovery Connecticut For more information, call the SBA Centers are open in New York, New Jersey Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800- and Connecticut. Search for a Disaster Recovery Center - To search for a Disaster 877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go Recovery Center via text message, text: to www.sba.gov. DRC and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example: DRC 01234 (Standard rates apply). FEMA community relations staff and FEMA Corps personnel help Red Cross volunteers at the FEMA center in Springfield provide household items and clothing donated for Hurricane Sandy relief. (Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA)
FEDERAL ACTIVITIESU.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: SitRep Register for Assistance: Survivors in declared counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut can register forNovember 7 a Nor’easter impacted the Mid- assistance. Learn more information and FAQs before you apply for assistance.Atlantic and Northeast with strong winds, rain orsnow, and coastal flooding. People withoutpower: 8,661,527 Find Housing - The Department of Housing and Urban Development has help for people displaced by the storm,Petroleum Stations lists and closures or call 202- steps to take for a storm damaged home, and contacts if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination.586-7517, William N. Bryan Wreckage Removal - State and local governments who are public assistance applicants may be reimbursed by theENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Call 1- Department of Homeland Security for the salaries and benefits of employees involved in cleanup efforts.800-424-8802. NEW YORK: EPA has assessed 3drinking water facilities and 7 wastewater Avoid Disaster Scams - Learn how to avoid charity and home repair cams after a disaster, from the Federal Tradetreatment plants. Hurricane Proof plan. NEW Commission.JERSEY: EPA has assessed 14 drinking waterfacilities and 11 wastewater treatment plants. Guides for Rebuilding - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers disaster recovery guidesAll 105 of the short-term, removal sites have for builders.been assessed and do not pose an immediatethreat to public health or the environment. Food Assistance - USDA provides food to disaster relief organizations for people affected by a disaster. It also offers grants for rural communities with water quality and supply issues, and assistance to farmers and others forTHE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONS natural disaster losses.FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION as securedas many as 350 buses which will be used across Business Loans – Your business may be eligible for disaster assistance from the Small Business Administration.New Jersey to help commuters connect to orreach Manhattan and the surrounding area. 1- Government Contracting – The General Services Administration helps federal, state, and local governments get800-877-8339, or DOT Customer Service supplies, equipment, and services needed to support disaster relief.Center: 202-366-4000U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S.GEOLOGICAL SURVEY The USGS has released aseries of aerial photographs showing before-and-after images of Hurricane Sandy’s impacts on theAtlantic Pre- and post-storm images of the NewJersey and New York shoreline in particular tell astory of a coastal landscape that wasconsiderably altered by the historic storm. :
FEDERAL ACTIVITIES OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH The Departments Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making available technical FLOOD CLEANUP ELECTRICAL HAZARDS TREE TRIMMING AND assistance and resources to help protect those HAZARDS DOWNED ELECTRICAL DEBRIS REMOVAL participating in cleanup and recovery efforts. WIRES AERIAL LIFTS Learn how to keep workers safe during clean up and Flood Cleanup QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*] recovery operations following hurricanes Fact Sheet [PDF*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] Electrical Safety OSHA field staff is working diligently to provide assistance Molds and Fungi CHAIN SAW SAFETY Mold QuickCard [PDF*] QuickCard [PDF*] QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*] and support to those involved in the Hurricane Sandy [Español*] [Español*] [Portuguese*] cleanup and recovery. Common hazards include downed [Vietnamese*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] [Español*]U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR electrical wires, carbon monoxide and electrical hazards [Portuguese*] Working Safely with More...The U.S. Department of Labor is from portable generators, fall and "struck-by" hazards Electricityassisting in the recovery efforts from tree trimming or working at heights, being caught in Mold Fact Sheet [PDF*] CHIPPER MACHINE SAFETYin communities affected by this unprotected excavations or confined spaces, burns, Fact Sheet [PDF*] QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*]seasons hurricanes. The lacerations, musculoskeletal injuries, being struck by Fungi Hazards Fact [Español*] [Portuguese*] traffic or heavy equipment, and encountering Sheet [PDF*]Department of Labor support contaminated water during flood cleanup. [Español*]includes the following income TREE TRIMMING AND More...and job assistance: DOLs REMOVAL SAFETYNational Contact Center 1-866-4- Protective measures involve evaluating the work area for QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*]USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365) all hazards; assuming all power lines are live; following [Vietnamese*] [Portuguese*] safe practices when doing tree work; using fall protection Fact Sheet [PDF*] [Español*] and proper ladder safety when working at heights; task specific exposure monitoring; and utilizing proper FALLS Portable Generators WORK ZONE TRAFFIC precautions for traffic work zones. For additional Portable Generator SAFETY AERIAL LIFTS Safety QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*] information on US Department of Labor recovery efforts QuickCard [PDF*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, see DOLs [Español*] QuickCard [PDF*] Hurricane Recovery Assistance page. Fact Sheet [PDF*] [Español*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] If you need to contact OSHA for an emergency situation, PREVENTING FALLS Grounding Portable Fact Sheet [PDF*] Generators please call the toll-free hotline [Español*] [Portuguese*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] 1-800-321-OSHA. For non-urgent matters, you can call Carbon Monoxide the OSHA hotline or send an email. Poisoning PORTABLE LADDERS OSHA urges workers and members of the public engaged QuickCard [PDF*] QuickCard [PDF*] in cleanup and recovery activities to be aware of the [Español*] Slips, Trips, and Falls hazards they might encounter and the necessary steps they should take to protect themselves.
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERSCURRENT OPERATIONS AS O F19 NOV 2012 CRITICAL PUBLIC FACILITIES• USACE has more than 3,000 employees within the North Atlantic Division, and at • USACE assets at the New Jersey Recovery Field Office are providing Technical the peak of response activities an additional 990 team members from other Assistance to FEMA. Planning Teams are helping entities complete grant USACE divisions were engaged to support the response mission. applications/project worksheets. Technical assistance is also being provided for site layouts to include the placement of structures, infrastructure, and other site• USACE debris teams are in ports, waterways and coastal areas in NJ and NY requirements-- clearing debris along the Atlantic seaboard. Thirty-five debris teams are assisting local NY and NJ authorities. 59,422 cubic yards of debris have been removed • The Critical Public Facilities PRT is completing 30 percent design for local entities within NY. (and assisting with the independent government estimate), and assisting in the preparation of environmental documentation as required by local, state and the• Planning response teams also are assisting with debris management, Federal government. infrastructure assessment, temporary roofing, critical public facilities, and temporary housing. • The Critical Public Facilities Mission includes assessing of fire, police, school, city halls, EMS, hospitals and public works facilities. The assessment of these facilities• FEMA assigned the New Jersey Recovery Field Office (NJ RFO) the mission to re- in New Jersey is complete for all 158 facilities and found a need for 29 facilities. design Building 365 on Fort Monmouth to prepare for temporary housing for Those that require temporary structures are: 8 fire, 8 police, 3 schools, 1 city hall, people who need housing following Hurricane Sandy. 1 EMS and 8 public works facilities.• With local authorities USACE concentrated pumping efforts at 14 critical locations • Estimated completion date for the Critical Public Facilities Technical Assistance as determined by local officials. Pumping is complete at all 14 locations. During mission is Dec 15. de-watering operations USACE controlled 162 pumps and removed more than 275 million gallons of water, equivalent to 864 Olympic-sized swimming pools. TEMPORARY POWER • USACE deployed teams to strategic locations in NY, NJ, PA and WV, with• The USACE Water Delivery Mission is complete. USACE provided 512 truckloads resources in place to haul, install, operate and maintain generators at critical (18,000 liters per load) of water to NY, NJ, PA, and WV. facilities. USACE installed 198 generators in critical locations. • 101 de-installs of generators have been completed as grid power had been restored. • At peak capacity, USACE generated 55MW of power, enough to support the power needs of 50,000 families. • Additionally, we sent power experts and generators to support NY Public Housing, the Hoboken High Rise Complex, the Kinder Morgan Petroleum Terminal and Hoboken Terminal. • USACE deployed temporary emergency power assets - Planning and Response Teams, the 249thEngineer Battalion, Emergency Command and Control Vehicles/Deployable Tactical Operating Systems (ECCV/DTOS), Mobile CommandUSACE – 19 NOV 2012 Vehicle (MCV) to provide support to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESHEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE (HHS) As hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare Public Health Emergency – ASPR facilities return to service and HHS medical support is noTwitter | Facebook longer needed, HHS teams return to their home states.• HHS has 500 personnel in New York and Four Disaster Medical Assistance Teams from the New Jersey, providing public health and National Disaster Medical System with caches of medical medical assistance. supplies and a team of U.S. Public Health Service• A Disaster Distress Help Line has been commissioned corps officers are currently in New York established with counselors to provide providing care in medical shelters and augmenting support and referrals to mental help hospital staff the state’s and city’s request. resources: Call 1-800-985-5990 or SMS (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) 21 NOV 2012 the medical team providing care inCENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL temporary facilities set up in a Long Beach, N.Y., soccerTwitter | Facebook field will begin transitioning care back to the Long Beach• Text “SANDY” to 87000 for Sandy Storm Medical Center. The medical center closed due to severe Health Updates storm damage and the LBMC will use a Mobile Satellite• CASPER: Community Assessment for Emergency Department to resume emergency care Public Health Emergency Response services for the community. The MSED came from (CASPER) Toolkit• CDC house proof vs hurricane Hackensack University Medical Center and the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Task Force.NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONALSAFETY AND HEALTH (NIOSH) Approximately 500 HHS personnel remain deployed toHurricane Sandy - Common Hazards: provide public health and medical assistance to NewPlease be extra vigilant for hazards likely to York and New Jersey in Hurricane Sandy recoveryappear during the Hurricane Sandy response, efforts, including a disaster case management teamincluding: exposures while cleaning up floodwater and mold, carbon monoxide deployed by the Administration for Children and Familiesexposures, working in cold weather. to assist impacted New Jersey residents connect with needed local, state and federal disaster recovery services. AMBULANCES Approximately 40 ambulances remain deployed in the New York City area to assist with emergency management services. These ambulances deployed from other areas of the country under a FEMA contract. At the height of the response, 350 ambulances were deployed in the New York City area. PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION UPDATES – 20 and 19 NOV 2012 NYT- Storm Victims, In Cleanup Face Rise in Injury and Illness
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES EMERGENCY SYSTEM FOR ADVANCE REGISTRATION OFFOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION: A team of specialists from the Administration for VOLUNTEER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (ESAR-VHP) AND Children and Families continues to support child LOCAL MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS (MRC).• How to keep food and water clean care, foster care, and Head Start recovery efforts and safe In addition to requesting HHS medical team support, New York and in New York and New Jersey. This support includes New Jersey health departments have called on more than 615 medical developing a plan to provide child care services to• Immediate assistance with water and volunteers available through two HHS sponsored programs: each families who have lost child care services as a food 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463- state’s Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health result of storm impacts to child care facilities. To 6332). The FDA reminds consumers Professionals (ESAR-VHP) and local Medical Reserve Corps find open child care facilities in New York State, to take precautions for storing water (MRC). ESAR-VHP and MRC are fully integrated programs in New York call 800-345-KIDS(5437) and in New Jersey call the and ensuring the safety of their food and New Jersey. These volunteers are assisting in shelters, including Child Care Help Line of New Jersey, 800-332-9227. and medical supplies for themselves, general, American Red Cross, and special medical needs shelters; their families, and their pets during FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION emergency departments; special needs registries, and call centers. and after any hurricane-related rain, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration personnel possible flooding and power outages. NATIONAL VETERINARY RESPONSE TEAM assisted the state of New Jersey in assessing more For at least the next 30 days a National Veterinary Response Team of than 50 retail food establishments, such as nine veterinarians and veterinary technicians from HHS is providing• For food and drug safety messaging, restaurants and grocery stores, in two days. These primary and acute care for pets in the hard hit area New York City visit the Food and Drug personnel remain available should additional known as Far Rockaway and at a large pet shelter in the New York City Administration hurricane safety assistance be needed in New Jersey or other states area. The vet team members are working from a mobile vet clinic in the checklist, available in English and impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Far Rockaway area as local veterinary practices repair their offices and Spanish become available again in the community. The large pet shelter is being http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Pu CRISIS COUNSELING managed by the ASPCA with funding from television personality Rachel blicHealthFocus/ucm317232.htm. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Ray. Members of the HHS vet team came from as far as Alaska and Administration has increased staff for the National Florida to support the New York City community.• Medical Devices - If you have a "life- Disaster Distress Helpline to help New York and supporting" or "life-sustaining" New Jersey residents connect with local crisis device that depends on electricity, counselors during the holiday season. This toll- you should contact your healthcare free, multilingual, crisis support service is available provider for information on how to 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS maintain function in the event of a (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746). loss of power. Keep your device and supplies clean and dry. If possible, EMERGENCY PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE notify your local Public Health PROGRAM (EPAP) Authority to request evacuation prior HHS activated the Emergency Prescription to adverse weather events. For more Assistance Program (EPAP) to assist people in the information, see FDA Offers Tips impacted areas without any form of health about Medical Devices and Hurricane insurance coverage to replace certain prescription Disasters medications and limited durable medical equipment lost or damaged in the hurricane. To A member of a Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team examines a dog belonging to a Hurricane Sandy survivor in Rockaway, N.Y., Nov. 16, 2012. learn about EPAP, visit www.phe.gov/epap. (DoD photo by Eliud Echevarria, FEMA/Released)
AMERICAN RED CROSS The American Red Cross is still on the ground in New York and New Jersey, helping people affected by Superstorm Sandy. Thanks to the generosity of the American public, the Red Cross has been able to serve more than 6.4 million meals and snacks, distribute 3.6 million relief items and provide thousands of shelter stays. The Red Cross has also provided more than 75,000 health services and emotional support contacts for people who have been living in very tough conditions. SHELTERS: Some people are still unable to return to their homes. About 750 people spent Sunday night, 18 NOV, in ten shelters. Since Sandy hit, organizations have provided more than 148,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has provided more than 76,000 of those stays. FEEDING - In partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross is handing out meals at fixed sites and on mobile routes throughout the affected neighborhoods. More than 5,000 Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to hand out food and relief supplies in more than 300 Red Cross vehicles as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles. Over the weekend in New York, the Red Cross mobilized a large effort and handed out more than 1.4 million items to people in need. List of Red Cross feeding sites currently open in NYC and on Long Island See Link THANKSGIVING - American Red Cross volunteers will be working throughout this holiday weekend to provide meals and comfort to people affected by Sandy. This includes: - Delivering about 20,000 boxes of food in New York during Thanksgiving week. • The boxes contain enough non-perishable food to feed a family of four for several days; items such as canned sweet potatoes, green beans and corn, and packages of mashed potatoes and rice. • Red Cross workers and volunteers from Feeding America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints packed the boxes. ‒ Providing about 35,000 hot meals on Thanksgiving Day to people across New York and New Jersey. ‒ Supporting faith-based and community Thanksgiving meal programs in many neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey.Red Cross GraphicMassive Sandy Relief Effort Still OngoingRed Cross News Room
NEW JERSEY New Jersey Office of Emergency Management MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES Twitter Facebook FEMA Region 2 The New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Disaster and Terrorism Branch is coordinating statewide efforts IMPACT to help individuals and communities manage the emotional impact of the storm. The Disaster and Terrorism Branch partners with the Mental Health Association in NewSTATE OF EMERGENCY for NJ is still in effect, with NJ ROIC and NJOEM currently at Jersey to offer assistance through a toll-free Disaster Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-operational Level 4. All 21 counties are still included for Public and Individual 294-HELP (4357). A TTY line is available for persons who are deaf and hearingAssistance in areas determined to have been adversely affected by the event impaired at 1-877-294-4356. The federal government also has a Disaster Distressdeclared a major disaster by POTUS on October 30, 2012. website and provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support resources available at 1-DEATH TOLL: 37 deaths have been tied to Sandy and at least five were attributed to 800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUS to 66746. The federal Helpline is staffed by trainedcarbon monoxide poisoning, mostly from the fumes of gas or diesel-powered counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the United States.generators. DOE HOTLINEINDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE: As of 6 p.m. EST Nov. 15, 29,367 applications have beenapproved; Total Individual & Households Program: $149.9 million (approved); Total DOE Hotline -- The Department of Education announced the launch of a hotlineHousing Assistance: $140.2 million (approved); Total Other Needs Assistance: $9.6 for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Call 609-292-2070. M-F 8am-4pm tomillion (approved) See here for daily updates. speak with a department staffer with any questions about the schooling options. A free legal hotline for storm victims has been launched by the New Jersey StateCOST: New Jersey is still computing the toll of storm damages, but it is expected to Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division and FEMA help residents whoreach into the billions of dollars; some estimates of the insured losses are already at cannot afford to pay an attorney. To request free legal assistance call 888-541-$20 billion. As part of the emergency funds, the governor’s office said New Jersey 1900 from 9-5 (M-F). Messages can be left and calls will be returned the next day.will seek to have the federal government pick up 90% of cleanup and recovery costsinstead of the usual 75%. That upgrade has taken place before during major DISASTER RECOVER CENTERSdisasters, such as Katrina. New Jersey could also seek trailers to house people during THANKSGIVING: All Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and Small Businessthe repair phase. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has staged trailers in Administration (SBA) Business Recovery Centers in New Jersey will be closed onthe area, but they have not been distributed pending an official request. Thanksgiving Day, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and FEMA announced today. Starting Friday, Nov. 23, all but one of the DRCs will go to a dailySHELTERS: 6 NJ Shelters Open, Occupancy 526 schedule of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist people who suffered damage in Hurricane Sandy. The center in Bay Head will resume its previous schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily while the curfew is still in effect. All DRCs have representatives available to help PUBLIC HEALTH answer questions about assistance and recovery programs. SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) will resume their regular hours on Monday, Nov. 26. Public health experts are available through the states 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water safety and mold removal due to the affects of Anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy can now visit four newly opened DRCs if they Hurricane Sandy. Call 2-1-1 24/7 or 1-866-234-0964 from 8am to 8pm on have questions about recxzovery programs. There are now 25 DRCs are open daily weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice. For locations and times, see here. Or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Click here for most current information on transit, power, fuel, and public health notices.
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NEW JERSEY HURRICANE RECOVERY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES HURRICANE SANDY BY THE NUMBERS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 2 - The number of hospitals evacuated Healthcare professionals interested in helping with New Jerseys response 5 - Number of state shelters opened to Hurricane Sandy can register with the New Jersey Medical Reserve 11 - The number of long-term care facilities evacuated Corps (NJMRC) program. The NJMRC Program is a statewide county- 39 - The number of acute care hospitals that lost power based program that is comprised of healthcare professionals and 60 - Number of DOH staff who worked in Health Command Center and the community health volunteers. Regional Operations and Intelligence Center 73 - The number of conference calls hosted by DOH with partners Individuals can submit an application online to volunteer for an MRC Unit 74 - The number of assisted living facilities that lost power where they reside or work. Once the application is submitted, an NJMRC 100 - Number of EMS Task Force units activated Unit Coordinator will be in contact. Contact information for all NJMRC 127 - Number of shelters at height of the storm Unit Coordinators in New Jersey is available on the NJMRC website. 135 - Number of out-of-state ambulance units, sent from 5 states, that assisted during the storm Currently there are more than 5,800 volunteers statewide in 25 MRC 137 - The number of health care facilities that lost power units. Health care professional makes up approximately 3,800 of the 1,746 - The number of health care facility residents evacuated volunteers and more than 2,000 are community volunteers. 7,005 - Number of people in shelters at the height of the storm 2.7 million - Number of households that lost power at the height of the stormHurricane Recovery Volunteer Opportunities for Health Care Professionals NJ Health News Letter October/November 2012
NEW JERSEYMONMOUTH COUNTY HUDSON COUNTYhttp://www.visitmonmouth.com/ http://www.hudsoncountynj.org/home.aspxList of Municipal Emergency Management Offices BAYONNE CITYCURFEW REMAIN IN THREE COASTAL TOWNS SEE LINK Coping with the historic oil that rose Communities restricted during designated hours to the surface on the city’s east side• The curfew in three of Monmouth County’s coastal communities remain in when Hurricane Sandy struck, the effect as follows: Bayonne City Council approved three – Highlands - 11 p.m. - 6 a.m. curfew contracts yesterday to help address the problem. The city officially hired – Manasquan - 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. curfew in effect East of East Main Street EQ Industrial Services and Ken’s Bridge – Union Beach - 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. curfew• In Belmar, the curfew is lifted, but only essential personnel are allowed on Marine Service, both of Bayonne, to remove and dispose of oil from roads and Ocean Avenue. properties in the area roughly bounded by Avenue F, Prospect Avenue, East 19th Street and East 22nd Street. After Hurricane Sandy struck the region on Oct. 29, the• In towns where the county curfew remains in effect, only essential personnel water surge from New York Bay pushed oil above ground that had been left in the may be outside and on the roads between designated hours. This includes area, most likely by a long gone oil refiner, creating a slick mess for residents emergency service personnel and those who are responsible for critical services within the county. JERSEY CITY• “The curfew continues for selected coastal communities to assist our law Hot Meal Distribution Sites Here. Also Check Out The Fourth Annual A Community enforcement operations, ensure the safety of our residents and also help That Cares Thanksgiving Feeding At The Bethune Center, 140 MLK Dr. Volunteers meet the needs of our communities,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. and Donations of Prepared Food Needed! Update 11/19 -Update 11/19 – SANDY BUSINESS RECOVERY: A toll-free hotline,PETS - The Humane Society has a phone number to report lost/missing pets, pets left 1-888-541-1900,is now available for NJ survivors facing legal issues because ofbehind, and donations related to Hurricane Sandy. Call 1-855-407-4787.) Hurricane Sandy. Disaster survivors with storm-related legal issues can call the hotline to request free legal assistance. HOBOKEN Mayor Dawn Zimmer is strongly urging all residents to file with FEMA with their latest storm-related damage estimates. Local businesses are urged to complete an online survey so the City can establish an accurate accounting of damage: http://hobokennj.wufoo.com/forms/hoboken-A home in Union Beach that was destroyed by Sandys surge. The mayor said some 200 homes had been wrecked by the business-storm-damage-survey.superstorm, with as many as five times that number flooded by seawater. (Christopher Weaver/The Wall Street Journal
NEW JERSEYATLANTIC COUNTY: OCEAN COUNTY:http://www.aclink.org/ http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/Public Safety http://www.aclink.org/oep/ Emergency Management: http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/EmMgmt/Main.aspx Citizens enrolled in SNAP will receive an automatic 25% replacement benefit on theirAtlantic County has received a federal declaration for public and individual EBT cards to account for food lost due to power outagesassistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as ofOctober 30. Residents and businesses may now apply for assistance for Link to pantries & soup kitchens open in the countyuninsured or underinsured losses from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy.Applications are available online at The Dept. of Banking and Insurance will have staff at a mobile office to providewww.fema.gov or by calling customer service at 1-800-621-3362. information and handle consumer’s complaints on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9am- 5pm. Address: Berkeley Township Recreation Center, 630 Route 9, Bayville, NJ.Owners of Storm Damaged Properties Urged to Apply for Tax Assessment Ocean County Library branches are open providing free e-device charging stationsReductions (11/19/2012) and free WIFI access to the InternetAtlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson urges all property owners whose Shelter open at St. Mary’s of the Pine Churchdwellings have been destroyed or made significantly less valuable as a result of Clothing distribution available at Nai Israel Synagogue in Manahawkin and YourSuperstorm Sandy to notify their local tax assessor in writing before January 10, Grandmothers Cupboard in Roslyn Plaza2013 to see if ... Click here for more. Ocean County YMCA open from 7am-5pm for showers, coffee and electronic chargingSecond FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opening Today in Hamilton Township(15 NOV 2012) Boil Water Advisory still in affect for (NJDEP):A second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will be opening in Atlantic County as of (Last Updated: November 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM)2 PM today, Thursday, November 15, behind the Hamilton Mall at 4403 Black • Beach Haven Water Dept.Horse Pike (Rt. 322), Mays Landing, Hamilton Township. An existing DRC is locatedat the Atlantic ... Click here for more. • Fountainhead Parks – Jackson Township • Long Beach Township Water Dept. – Brant Beach andStorm Debris Removal Tips - The following tips are provided by the New Jersey • Holgate, Long Beach TownshipDepartment of Environmental Protection to help residents impacted by Sandy • NJAW – Coastal North, Ortley beach and Pelican Islandmanage their trash and debris: 1. Storm-affected residents should take special • Seaside Heights Water Dept.– Seaside Heightscare to document storm damages before disposing ... Click here for more. • Seaside Park Water Dept. – Seaside Park • Shore Water Company
NEW YORK NY Division Homeland Security & Emergency Services FOOD ASSITANCE Twitter / Facebook / FEMA Region 2 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State has received aGov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency on 10/26/12 for all 62 counties in advance of waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace food lost byHurricane Sandy in anticipation of severe weather impacting New York. recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Under this grant, current recipients of SNAP will be automatically issued 50 IMPACT percent of monthly benefits to replace food lost as a result of the storm• DEATH TOLL: 64 in New York State (See Slide) starting next week. The Governor also announced that SNAP recipients in• MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION: There are now 13 New York counties these areas will be able to purchase hot and prepared foods with their designated for both individual and public assistance under President Obama’s benefits. See link for more details. Federal Disaster Declaration for New York, including: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, SHELTERS New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. 4 shelters open with 555 occupants DIALYSIS DRINKING WATER The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is advising renal patients in DRINKING WATER ADVISORIES FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY: (link) need of dialysis to first contact their dialysis facility to schedule treatment. If theDO NOT DRINK: facility is unable to deliver the needed dialysis treatment, patients should call the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Hotline at: 1-800-238-ESRD (3773) to obtain information on outpatient dialysis facilities that can provide neededBOIL WATER NOTICES treatment. This hotline is operational 24 hours/7 days a week during this recovery period. Patients are being urged to avoid visiting an emergency department for dialysis since many emergency departments are at full capacity handling other storm-related health needs. Here is what you need to do if your drinking water system is under a boil water notice: Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using. Or use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice. Much more information on how to protect your family during a boil water notice may be found at Boiling Water and Emergency Disinfection. PHARMACIES THAT ARE OPEN AND DELIVERING: See Link 1 or Link 2
NEW YORK POWER HEALTHCARE FACILITIESCon Edison reported that there are 2,700 customers in areas of Brooklyn, Bellevue Hospital is offering walk-in non-emergency services 24 hours a day, 7Queens and Staten Island who are not able to receive power. Those days a week, and will open limited adult and pediatric outpatient primary carecustomers cannot get electrical service until their own internal equipment clinics and routine OB-GYN services to women from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondayis repaired, tested and certified by an electrician as ready for service. The through Friday. In patient services are closed due to the damages inflicted by Sandy. Limited emergency care services are expected to open in December andcompany is working with the New York City Buildings Department to the hospital will resume full operations in February 2013.expedite the restoration of these customers. Coney Island Hospital is providing walk-in services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported that there are 6,460 in addition to primary care services and some specialty clinics, Monday throughcustomers in Nassau, Long Beach, and Suffolk and 24,000 in the Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Pharmacy servicesRockaways who are unable to safely receive power without repairs. LIPA is are available for prescription renewals, 9am-5pm. Call 718-794-6712 for pharmacyworking with local jurisdictions to complete needed surveys to determine information. Cancer patients can be served at Kings County Hospital and canwhether or not electric power can be delivered to customer homes in call 718-245-2848.those areas. A mobile medical van is serving the community at 19th Street and Mermaid Avenue from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week. Another medical van is providing limited services at 43 Seba Avenue in Geritsen Beach, from 9am to 5pm, through FriLIPA has completed surveys Nassau and Suffolk counties, and they 11/23. Neither van will be open on Thanksgiving, 11/22.continue working with community representatives in the City of Long In patient services are closed due to the damages inflicted by SandyBeach, Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, and Point Lookout to assess whetherhomes and businesses are safe to receive power. In Rockaway Peninsula, Manhattan VA Medical Center remains closed - As of November 16, VA, workingthe New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is inspecting buildings with Federal and state partners, has found extensive damage to the electricaldamaged by Hurricane Sandy to inform residents about the condition of systems, building circuitry, heating, fire protection, elevator, water pumping, andtheir building information technology support structure of the medical center. NYU Langone Medical Centers main campus at 550 First Avenue is in the process of reopening after Hurricane Sandy. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. See FEMA’s NY • Physician Practices (FGPs) are open and most practices previously located in Hurricane Sandy Skirball at 530 First Avenue have re-opened. See below for more detailed website for information, including practices still at temporary locations and contact more info. information for all practices. • Tisch Hospital, physician offices located in Schwartz Health Care Center (HCC), and 400 East 34th Street (Rusk) are temporarily closed, as is the Emergency Room. • Outpatient lab testing services and the blood bank are temporarily closed. • The Outpatient Pharmacy on the 1st floor of HCC is now open. Hours are from Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. • All other NYU Langone sites are operational and patient appointments have resumed.
NEW YORKROCKLAND COUNTY: NASSAU COUNTY:County Information County InformationFUEL POLICY has been lifted. There are no longer restrictions on purchasing MEGA RECOVERY CENTER AT CEDAR CREEK PARKgasoline or diesel. FEMA REGISTRATION CENTER: FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center at Cedar Creek Park is now open daily fromASSITANCE 9am to 7pm. Applicants may go to the Center to receive guidance regarding disaster recovery aid, clarification of any written correspondence received,• Visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Provident Bank Park The Center Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information, resolutions to problems will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance, status of November 23. applications being processed by FEMA, as well as U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program information.• Piermont residents can visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Piermont Village Hall, November 17 - 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. INSURANCE RESOURCE CENTER: The New York State Department of Financial Services is available at Cedar Creek• Apply at www.DisasterAssistance.gov Park daily from 8am to 8pm to offer residents advice on how to file an insurance• Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) claim for property damage from Hurricane Sandy. Representatives will also be• The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 present from several of the nation’s largest insurance companies, including: Allstate, Metlife, New York Life, Travelers, USAA and more.• To apply for unemployment benefits or disaster unemployment assistance RED CROSS FOOD DISTRIBUTION because of the storm, call the Department of Labor Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124. The Red Cross has opened a meal distribution centers at Cedar Creek Park. Daily meals are served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.• Guide to Disaster Assistance and Relief Funding FREE LAUNDRY AND SHOWER FACILITIESSOME COUNTY PARKS REOPENED - 11/20/2012 11:12 AM: The following County Showers, as well as washers and dryers (open 9am – 6pm), are available toparks have been reopened to the public, although some trails residents at Cedar Creek Park. Residents may utilize these facilities free ofremain closed: Haverstraw Bay Park, Demarest Kill Park, Dutch Gardens, Kennedy charge. Free detergent is also available.Park, Kakiat Park, Samuel G. Fisher Mount Ivy Environmental Park, H. Pierson MapesFlat Rock Park, Sean Hunter Ryan Park, Gurnee Park and Amphitheater, South CONTACT NUMBERS:Mountain Park and Monsey Glen Park. LIPA: 1-800-490-0075/631-755-6900INFORMATION ABOUT FLOODING AND SEWAGE OVERFLOWS FROM HEALTH DEPT. National Grid: 1-800-490-0045 (Gas Leaks)/ 1-800-930-5003 (Service)Cleaning Up After A Flood Or Sewage Overflow Nassau County Non-Emergency Hotline: 1-888-684-4274Disinfecting Drinking Water Consumer Affairs Price Gouging Hotline: 516-571-2449Rockland County Registered Well Testing Laboratories FEMA Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-800-621-3362Rockland County Registered Well Contractors NYS Hotline for Insurance Issues: 1-800-339-1759If Your Private Well Has Been Flooded Nassau Chapter of American Red Cross: 516-747-3500
NEW YORKSUFFOLK COUNTY: WESTCHESTER COUNTY:County Information County InformationThe Suffolk County Water Authority announced today that it would provide free well • MULTI-PURPOSE HURRICANE RECOVERY CENTER is open from 8am-8pmtesting in its service area to Suffolk County residents using private wells who want to make daily at 198 Central Ave., White Plains. Parking fees have been waived. Thesure their water supply has not been compromised by Super Storm Sandy. SCWA Chairman center will be staffed with representatives from FEMA, Con Edison, SBA, aJames F. Gaughran said the program will be extended for one month, from November 20 variety of social services agencies and the Department of Health.through December 20, to allow Suffolk homeowners in communities that suffered extensivestorm damage sufficient time to take care of their other priorities. In addition, tithe time • DISASTER SNAP BENEFITS are available to residents impacted by Hurricaneperiod will be extended indefinitely for anyone who has not returned to their homes by Sandy. Applications are accepted 11/16-11/23. For location, see link.December 20. Tests would be conducted to make sure that private wells have not beencontaminated by bacteria, fuels or chlorides via saltwater intrusion during the storm. Suffolkresidents interested in having their water tested free call (631) 698-9500. • PUBLIC HEALTH: o The Westchester County Department of Health is advising peopleNew-Suffolk County Water Authority Update Water Supply is Safe to Drink For Nearly All of who use the Hudson River waters for recreational purposes, namelyFire Island. Fire Island, which was impacted severely by Super Storm Sandy, was the only area swimmers, boaters, kayakers and windsurfers to avoid direct contactin SCWA’s service territory to incur significant service interruptions as a result of the storm.Fire Island residents with any questions about their water should call the SCWA call center with the water until further notice.at (631) 698-9500. o Tetanus shots will be offered free of charge at the Multi-Purpose Hurricane Recovery Center to anyone involved with cleanup.SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICESThe Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) has collected and analyzedapproximately 145 samples from various public water supply systems throughout SuffolkCounty to ensure the bacteriological quality of the county’s drinking water. All major publicwater supply systems, serving a population of approximately 1,364,000 on the mainland ofSuffolk County, have not reported any service disruptions and the water has been safe forpotable use throughout the duration of the storm and its aftermath. There are currentlyfour water systems that are still under boil water advisories. SCDHS is in the process ofnotifying system operators and attempting to collect follow-up samples. For additionalinformation, residents should contact their water suppliers or SCDHS at: (631) 852-5810.(Note: This is a NEW contact number for residents to call re: water supply questions.)Suffolk Department of Health Services Offering FREE Vaccination Clinics at FEMA DRCs thisweek. NEW updated schedule. Please see NEW hours for this week (11/19 - 11/25)for the SCDHS Free Adult Vaccination Clinics at the Disaster Recovery Assistance Centers.FREE Tetanus and Influenza immunizations will be provided for first responders,volunteers and personnel responding to storm aftermath, and residents who have beenaffected by Super Storm Sandy. This weeks immunization schedule at the DRCs foradults only is listed below. Please check the schedule as days and hours vary by site.
NEW YORK CITY IMPACT FOOD, WATER & SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION AT CITY-RUN RESOURCE SITES• DEATH TOLL: 43 in New York City, 23 of which were in Staten Island. The City has opened food and water distribution sites in the hardest hit• POWER OUTAGES: Con Edison reported that there are 2,700 customers in areas areas and are staffed by City employees, volunteers, the Salvation Army of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island who are not able to receive power. Those and National Guard. Locations and hours: customers cannot get electrical service until their own internal equipment is repaired, tested and certified by an electrician as ready for service. The company http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html. is working with the New York City Buildings Department to expedite the restoration of these customers PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL FOOD TRUCKS The Mayors Fund to Advance New York City partnered with the NYC EXTENSION OF THE ODD-EVEN GASOLINE PURCHASING SYSTEM Food Truck Association and local food trucks to coordinate hot food distribution in areas severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Since the start of the partnership, the food Mayor Bloomberg extended the emergency order establishing an odd-even license plate system for gasoline purchases. It will remain in effect until and including trucks have served or donated 161,337 meals. The locations and hours Friday, November 23, and operates as follows: Vehicles with license plates ending are available here: in an even number or zero purchase fuel on even numbered days. Vehicles with http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hot_food.html. license plates ending in an odd number purchase fuel on odd numbered days. Vehicles with licenses plates ending in letters will be deemed as odd numbered SANITATION 24-HOUR DEBRIS CLEANUP CONTINUES plates and can make purchases on odd numbered days. Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses and paratransit vehicles, Medical Doctor (MD) plates Mayor Bloomberg directed the Department of Sanitation to adjust and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and limousine Commission are exempt collections schedule so that 24-hour cleanup could continue in the hard-hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. SHELTER FOR THOSE WITHOUT HEAT Sanitation crews have collected more than 271,073 tons of trash,Evacuation shelters remain open and as of 19 NOV, they were 286 evacuees and 71 debris and tree as a part of storm cleanup operations. They hasstaff. A list of evacuation shelters is available online: continued work throughout the weekend to clean up backloggedhttp://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hurricane_shelters.html. recycling and refuse left at curbside from redeployment to emergencyThe City also has opened daytime-only warming centers at senior centers in every storm debris cleanupborough: ttp://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/warming_ctr.html. TREES AND DEBRIS - Tree service requests from both Hurricane SandyThose who are using generators in their homes to run their heat should be very and the noreaster total 26,011, and 15,432 of those were for treescareful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by never using portable generators down.indoors, in garages or near open windows. The City has addressed 16,908 of these emergency tree conditions andEarly signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, confusion or sleepiness, crews continue to work around the clock to address conditions.slowed or slurred speech, stiffness in arms and legs, poor control over body UPDATE ON CITY RECOVERY AND ASSISTANCE OPERATIONS -19 NOCV 2012movements and slow reaction.
NEW YORK CITY – HEALTH HEALTH CARE SERVICES HEALTH NEEDS The NYC Health Department has been monitoring data from hospital emergency7-10 mobile health clinics have been established since the storm in impacted areas departments daily to assess health and mental health impacts of the storm. Thusand are operating daily. These providers are each seeing 10-40 patients per day and far, the data indicate:are not turning away patients. The most common complaint is need for medication • The total number of visits went down on the day of storm and has sincerefills. returned to normal levels • The health department is contacting medical providers to assess the services • There was a brief increase in cases of hypothermia immediately after the available and coordinate across providers in the Rockaways. As of 11/15, in storm but no sustained increase since then the Rockaways, the following providers are open for business • There is a modest increase in visits for prescription medicine refills ‒ 54 community physicians (including community health center providers) • There has not been an increase in injuries or illnesses overall ‒ 1 hospital (St. Johns Episcopal) • There was a modest increase in asthma exacerbations in the Rockaways ‒ 18 pharmacies that was not been seen in other impacted areas. Rates seem to have • CVS, Duane Reade and Walgreens have agreed to provide medications returned to baseline. This increase could have been caused by: without copay in affected areas for a ‒ People living in cold temperatures • limited time ‒ People using their stove to heat their homes • Vaccinations against influenza and tetanus are available through many of the ‒ Dust from clean-up activities mobile clinics. ‒ Reduced access to prescription medications • Mental health staff is onsite at restoration centers. The majority of clients were seen in Coney and Far Rockaway and were seeking care for general DOOR –TO –DOOR CANVAS distress and anxiety. HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION has conducted outreach and door-to-door operations through its social service provisions, including Adult Protective Services, HASA and VULNERABLE POPULATIONS Home Care. Follow up in all cases is ongoing.The people at greatest health risk are the elderly, young children, socially isolated,those with chronic health problems, and those living on the upper floors of high-rise The City coordinated a massive relief effort through NYC Service, the Department of Healthbuildings and Mental Hygiene and nonprofits and also organized medical teams that: • Canvassed high-rise apartments in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Red Hook • Provided food, water and medical assessments with prescriptionsProlonged exposure to cold, along with the absence of electricity and water • Evacuated 44 people for medical reasons.increases various health risks, including hypothermia, falls from inadequate lighting,exposure to carbon monoxide in persons using stoves for heat, and stress-related HOME CARE: Following Sandy, staff and first responders visited Home Care clients in Farexacerbation of pre-existing health problems. Rockaway and contacted 1,515 high-risk clients to check on their status and deliver food, water, and blankets. MOBILE MEDICAL VANS ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Through the weekdays and weekends following the storm,The City has deployed vans staffed with primary care providers who will be able to HRA’s staff visited devastated neighborhoods to deliver flashlights, food, water and blanketsprovide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs at several locations to impaired adults at risk to ensure their care and safety.in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Volunteers are also going door-to-door to reach people who may have medical needs but remain in their homes HASA: Staff members visited at-risk clients living with HIV/AIDS residing in Far Rockaway,without heat and power. The location and hours are available here: Staten Island and other areas throughout the City, and distributed blankets, food and water.http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/medical_vans.html. In addition to client outreach, since November 1, HASA has located emergency housing forNYC EXPANDING DOOR-TO-DOOR OUTREACH TO VULNERABLE POPULATIONS 354 homeless clients.NYC.GOV – NYC HEALTH CARE OUTREACH IMPACT
NEW YORK CITY - ANIMALANIMAL PLANNING TASK FORCEAs a member of the New York City Office of Emergency Managements Animal Planning Task Force, theASPCA has collaborated with other animal welfare groups to launch a hotline to help New York Citysanimals. Callers to the hotline can request pet supplies, report abandoned animals, and advise of any otherneeds they have. The Animal Help Hotline is (347) 573-1561 and is manned seven days a week from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. EST.EMERGENCY GRANTWhenever and wherever a disaster strikes nationwide, the ASPCAs Grants department expedites the reviewof grant requests made by applicants impacted by the disaster. Hurricane Sandy has been no different, andso far the ASPCA has awarded grants to worthy recipients, such as City Critters, Monmouth County SPCA,Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue and Urban Cat League. These groups are using the funds awarded themfor projects such as replacing the destroyed winter shelters used by feral cats and helping affected residentswith their pet care needs. The ASPCA encourages animal welfare organizations to apply for grant funding tohelp offset costs associated with animal rescue, care, relief and re-homing following Hurricane Sandy. Forinformation, please visit www.aspcapro.org/grants.FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND CAREAs the ASPCA has been distributing pet food where it is needed and providing free veterinary care to animalevacuees, weve recognized that one of the biggest needs of Sandys victims is a safe place to board pets.While there are still a few evacuation centers available for people to stay with their pets, those centers willnot allow pets to remain if their humans are not there with them. In many cases, people who cannot returnhome are able to stay with friends or family, but their hosts cannot accommodate their pets. Rachael Rayhas donated $500,000 to the ASPCA so that we can temporarily board pets belonging to people who cannotcare for them now due to housing problems resulting from the hurricane.ASPCA EMERGENCY BOARDING FACILITY The ASPCA is working in collaboration with Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), the Mayors Alliancefor NYCs Animals, NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYCVERT), and the U.S. Department ofHealth and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT) on the management of theemergency boarding facility, which will be open for 30 days.The ASPCA Emergency Boarding Facility provides temporary sheltering for hundreds of animals displaced byHurricane Sandy. The ASPCA facility is located at 1508 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn, is open seven days aweek from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will be open for pets for 30 days. Those who need temporary sheltering fortheir pets should take a government-issued photo ID and a proof of address (utility bill, drivers license, etc.)to the facility. If possible, wed like people to have their pets wearing ID tags in a carrier or crate along withvaccination records and medications or supplies for pets with special needs, although we certainly SOURCE: ED SAYRES – PRESIDENT ASPCAunderstand that not everyone can gather these materials given the circumstances. ASPCA Opens Emergency Boarding Facility in Brooklyn to Help Pet Owners, Animal Victims of Hurricane Sandy