Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information

The application deadline for disaster assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. Please find information below on recovery assistance programs for homeowners and businesses as well as instructions on how to apply.

Disaster Assistance

President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared New York City, including Queens and the Bronx, a major disaster area. This declaration makes residents and businesses eligible for vital disaster assistance, including home and property loans, help with finding and paying for temporary housing, and business loans.

Individuals can register with FEMA online at or via smartphone or tablet by going to or by downloading the FEMA app.

Survivors can also register by calling the FEMA Helpline: 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The line is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week until further notice.

Anyone with questions regarding the FEMA registration process, the status of their application and available disaster assistance programs is encouraged to visit a Disaster Recovery Center or contact FEMA.

To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center, the following options are available: Text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA), and a text message will be sent back with the address. Also, the Disaster Recovery Center locator is available online at

Before you call, be sure to have the following information ready:

  • Address of affected property
  • Insurance information
  • Social Security number

Support to Businesses

The City has put together information for businesses affected by the storm. For information, please contact NYC Business Solutions by calling 3-1-1 or click here.  

A simple and fast way to complete the disaster loan application is online, using the Small Business Administration's electronic loan application. Go to

SBA customer service representatives are available to issue or accept low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions at all New York State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and

SBA business recovery centers and Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. To locate the nearest center, visit or call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).

More information is available by calling the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number, 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339). Assistance is also available by sending an email to or by visiting

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