AFTER THE STORM
- In the immediate aftermath of a large storm, local organizations, the Red Cross and FEMA may be among be the first on site to help.
- Red Cross of Greater New York or call (877) 733-2767
- FEMA. This is the federal emergency management agency. More information about specific events will appear on fema.gov once a disaster is declared. This “help after a disaster” brochure, available in several languages, provides an overview of
- NYC VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) – a coalition of nonprofit, faith-based, and government organizations in NYC committed to working together in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and resiliency/mitigation.
- After major storms like Sandy and Ida, the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery had programs like Build Back Better and Ida recovery to help residents rebuild. These programs have so far existed only on a storm-by-storm basis (and have had deadlines to apply for assistance, and are often limited). In the event of a future storm, this office may be able to steer you in the right direction for programs around a future storm event.