Monday, November 19, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief to UFCW Members

UPDATED: 11/19/12 3:40 PM

NYC Rapid Repairs is a program to make your home safe for return. The City is working with contractors to assess damage to your home from Hurricane Sandy and make the necessary repairs for all property owners.  If you rent your home and there are unsafe conditions,  call 311.  The first step to participating in NYC Rapid Repairs is to call 311, visit NYC.gov, or visit a restoration center.  For more information on this program click here for a detailed explanation of what steps you need to take.

Con Edison has a new program for Certification processes to help restore service faster. NYC Building Code requires a licensed electrician or plumber to certify that systems can be energized. To help ease things due to Hurricane Sandy Con Edison has made a self-certification process available. If you are going to have your energy equipment inspected, cleaned, and/or repaired by a licensed contractor, you can download the form at this website and email or fax it back to Con Edison. Information on where to email or fax is located on the website and differs depending on which Borough you live in. A service turn-on will be scheduled once the certification form is received.

For issues related to your gas service, call National Grid at 718-643-4050

If you are affected by Hurricane Sandy and are in need of assistance you MUST get in touch with FEMA. You can call FEMA at (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-7585 for the hearing impaired.


  • You can also register online at FEMA’s website at http://disasterassistance.gov or on your smartphone at m.fema.gov
  • Governor Cuomo has also set up an assistance hotline to help anybody navigate the system at (888) 769-7243.


Important: Did you miss days of work due to Hurricane Sandy because of lack of transportation or getting injured in the storm?  You will likely qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance [adobe needed].  

First, file for regular unemployment insurance by calling the NYS Department of Labor at (888) 209-8124.  Click here for a pdf with more information.  If you need more information or have additional questions regarding Hurricane Sandy and your current situation you can email Adam Obernauer at aobernauer@ufcw1500.org or dial 800.522.0456 ext. 11341.

Thank you, and our thoughts are with all affected by this catastrophic storm.  We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
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