Out of great love and concern for our wonderful city my team and I have been posting to Facebook and twitter what we hope is very useful information as we’ve dealt with Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Given my experiences doing extensive relief and recovery work around Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, we’ve decided to put together a quick info and resource guide for New Yorkers. We are certain it will change often, hence its place on my blog page. And we know it is far from perfect, but we do hope it helps New Yorkers of all backgrounds in some way. Here you go:

EMERGENCY SERVICES: Here’s a website for emergency info about Hurricane Sandy and a special hotline for New York residents: 1-888-769-7243 / 1-518-485-1159. For power outages and gas issues, call 1-800-75-CONED.

LOCAL SERVICES & 311: We have not been able to get through to 311 today due to call volume and busy signals, although we encourage you to try if you need to. As an alternative, you can reach out to your local elected official’s office. Click on these links to find your City Council Member, State Assembly Member or State Senator. Do NOT call 911 unless it is a real emergency!

Still need to find a shelter? Text SHELTER and a Zip code to 4FEMA (43362) Volunteers are needed in various areas;

New York State law forbids those selling essential consumer goods and services – like food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, and services such as storm clean-up and disposal – from charging excessive prices during an abnormal disruption of the market. If you believe you are a victim of price gouging, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Helpline at *800-771-7755* or find a complaint form online at: **.

The District Office at 67 Hanson Place, and has been assisting residents in emergency shelters, and facilitating fallen tree removal and other Hurricane Sandy-related issues. The District Office may be contacted at (718)

260-9191 or via email at (while City Council email addresses are unavailable).


The Legal Aid Society Is Providing Disaster Relief Legal Assistance For Families and Individuals Affected By The Storm: To help New Yorkers in need at this difficult time, The Legal Aid Society is providing disaster relief assistance to local residents affected by the storm. Please visit for a list of our services and local offices in your area or call our central telephone number at 212-577-3300.

CON EDISON has IMMEDIATE openings (900) for Safety Site Inspectors stationed in every borough. Duties to include placing yellow safety tape around areas with downed trees ensuring that the public stay away from trees or downed lines. Candidates must have their own vehicle, clean driver’s license and work boots. Shifts from 7AM – 7PM, and 7PM – 7AM paying $25 per hour. (Company will waive background checks).

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