On October 29, 2012, New York took an enormous hit from Superstorm Sandy. The combination of the storm’s wind and flooding and the aftermath of lost power and snarled transit dealt a blow to our city.
My district had its share of problems. Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village were without power for weeks, and vast swaths of the Lower East Side and Long Island City were hit with both floods and power losses. Hospitals along the East River, including NYU-Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center, Manhattan VA Hospital and Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island were flooded, lost power, and had to be evacuated. This suspension of regular medical services at these institutions was a major blow to the healthcare system, causing missed appointments, lapsed prescriptions and overflows of patients at hospitals that were fortunate enough to remain operational.
But ours is a city of grit and strength, and we continue to move forward together—as we have when confronted with crises in the past. City, State and Federal government agencies have cooperated through the entire process to address the emergency situations in the immediate aftermath of the storm and continue to work together in the process of rebuilding and repairing damage.
Resources for Businesses and Individuals:
In a business centered city like New York, it is crucial that businesses are able to properly prepare for emergencies, as Superstorm Sandy showed the devastation that natural disasters can inflict on many businesses and the economy.
If you are concerned about the affects of local disasters on business, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/businesses/businesses.shtml for more information. You may visit http://www.sba.gov/ for more information on how small businesses can recover from natural disasters.
At this point, the deadline has passed to register for FEMA assistance. You can check the status of your FEMA assistance application or appeal at 1 (800) 621-FEMA.
New York City Evacuation Zones:
New York City has reclassified its evacuation zones which correspond to threat levels of coastal flooding following a storm surge. New York has developed a New Flood Zone map, which can help New Yorkers find out if their homes, schools, or work places fall within the boundaries of a City evacuation zone. To find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, please refer to http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/storms_evaczones.shtml.
Also, please note that evacuation information is subject to change. For the latest information, please call 311.
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps:
Please note that FEMA has release new Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps, which have not yet been finalized. These maps serve to codify building standards for homes and other structures in areas of high flood risk. Please visit http://www.region2coastal.com/ to find out more information on coastal analysis and mapping.
If you have any further questions regarding the status of your application for FEMA assistance, or have any questions about purchasing flood insurance, please contact my office at 212-860-0606.
I am committed to offering any help and assistance possible as my constituents recover from damages to their homes or businesses. Please contact us with any concerns you may have, either by phone or using the “Contact Me” function at http://maloney.house.gov/contact-me. If you would like to request assistance contacting FEMA or the Small Business Administration (SBA), please be sure to fill out the privacy release form here: http://maloney.house.gov/serving-you/help-federal-agency. You may print this form, sign it and return it to my district office at the address at the bottom of the page.