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NYC’s Disaster Donations Portal

from Ben Rose, DCT Leader /NYC VOAD
we would like to bring your attention to NYC’s Disaster Donations Portal, the Aidmatrix Network, which is also a source to locate donated goods. This portal can be found on the OEM home page is meant to assist organized groups in finding additional sources or material donations.
Aidmatrix is a web-based portal where nonprofit, community, and faith based organizations can post resource needs and view large resource offers that are available from other non-profits, the private sector, and corporations. Organizations are encouraged to complete an online application, which when approved will allow them to post needs and view offers.
We understand that recovery resources are as important now as the response resources have been over the past few weeks. Aidmatrix is available 365 days a year to serve as an additional resource for recovery related donations and materials.
If you have not yet seen Aidmatrix, you can access it by clicking here 


posted on Monday November 26th 2012

EPA, State and City Launch Household Hazardous Waste Pickup in New York City

(New York, N.Y. – Nov. 23, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York City Department of Sanitation are collecting and properly disposing of potentially hazardous common household products from flood-damaged homes and residences in New York City. The public is encouraged to put waste products on their curbs for pickup, including: solvents, paints, cleaners, oil, propane tanks, batteries, petroleum products, weed/bug killers, car batteries, bleach and ammonia. The EPA and its contractors will drive the streets of impacted areas to pick up the household hazardous waste on the curb at each residence.

“Household hazardous waste, such as petroleum products, old paint and pesticides can be dangerous and should be disposed of properly to protect people’s health and the environment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The EPA is urging people to separate potentially hazardous products from their regular trash and place them on the curb in areas that were impacted by the flood waters from Hurricane Sandy, where they will be picked up.”

Curbside pickup of household hazardous waste will take place in neighborhoods impacted by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.

Oil-contaminated debris or material contaminated by other petroleum or chemical products should be separated and stored in a well-ventilated area. If stored outdoors, the piles should be covered to keep rain from contaminating nearby soil and water. Any chemical or oil spills, such as from home heating oil tanks, must be reported to DEC at 1-800-457-7362.

It is also important to clean and disinfect everything touched by flood waters as quickly as possible, since they may contain bacteria or toxic chemicals from sources as varied as pesticides, heating oil and sewage.

Porous items need to be dried right away to prevent mold. If possible, household furnishings should be cleaned or disinfected. If they cannot be cleaned, they should be discarded. Hard, non-porous surfaces should also be cleaned. For detailed advice, see the State Department of Health’s website  and EPA’s Sandy Fact Sheet.

The New York City Department of Sanitation will be picking up white goods, such as refrigerators and other appliances, and will remove the refrigerants from refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Refrigerants include chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which are greenhouse gases. These refrigerants will be removed from appliances by the city using EPA certified recovery systems before the items are crushed or taken apart for recycling.

The New York City’s Department of Sanitation offers updates at:

For a map of Hurricane Sandy hazardous waste pickup sites in New York City, visit:

More information can be found at

Follow EPA Region 2 on Twitter at and visit our Facebook page,


Contact: John Martin, (212) 637-3662

Grant Opportunities

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has established a fund to support the health and human services agencies that, due to Hurricane Sandy, are challenged in their ability to provide critical supports to individuals and families in need.

UWNYC will make individual grants of up to $10,000 to community-based organizations in areas hardest hit: the Rockaways, Staten Island, Coney Island, Red Hook, and the Lower East Side. UWNYC also has volunteers ready to support NYC nonprofits working to help their communities recover.

At Modest Needs, we understand that many thousands of low-income workers living in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now facing a tremendous financial hardship due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on their homes and places of employment.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is asking that anyone who knows of a visual artist who has been affected by the hurricane to pleasecontact them. The Foundation has funding allocated specifically for emergency assistance to painters and sculptors affected by natural disasters. Additionally, they are making available information about other organizations that may be able to assist affected artists.

The deadline just passed on the Brooklyn Community Foundation Grant but we on the lookout for the next round.  “Grants from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund will respond to large-scale community-wide coordination work as well as more narrowly focused rebuilding and service provision efforts. This two-pronged approach allows the Fund to address immediate emergency needs while laying the groundwork for broad based, long-term community rebuilding.”

The City Parks Foundation has grants for community groups working in NYC parks to strengthen their outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity.
Recovery Grants:  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many people and communities are still struggling to recover from the damage caused by the storm. The Partnerships for Parks Recovery Grant supports community groups dedicated to parks with funding for capacity-building projects focused on storm recovery.  Grants range from $200 to $2,000 and are made on a rolling basis.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, small volunteer-led groups responded quickly to meet the needs of local residents.
Citizens Committee is awarding grants of up to $5,000 to volunteer-led groups providing relief to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Groups may be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have non-profit or 501(c)(3) status. Groups without this status will need a fiscal conduit or a bank account if a grant is awarded. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

The Hurricane Aftermath: 10 Ways for Parents and Caregivers to Help Children

From MercyCorps

With a disaster like the hurricane, adults and children should expect all kinds of feelings: shock, confusion, sadness, grief, anger, loneliness and hopelessness.

This pamphlet provides tips on beginning the healing and emotional recovery processes.

  1. Take care of yourself.
  2. Find something positive in how the child is dealing with the hurricane.
  3. Encourage the child to talk, write or draw about their feelings.
  4. Ask the child what he/she needs.
  5. Be aware of common reactions to trauma.
  6. Be prepared to deal with physical symptoms like stomach aches and headaches.
  7. Children like routines.
  8. Limit the child’s exposure to news about the hurricane.
  9. Provide the child with plenty of time to play.
  10. Help create a sense of safety.



Thursday, November 15th 2012

NYC Has Opened Four NYC Restoration Centers

Notification issued 11/13/12 at 10:00 AM. NYC has opened four NYC Restoration Centers and provide the following types of assistance:

1- NYC Rapid Repairs
2- Food and Nutrition Assistance
3- Temporary Housing Information
4- Health and Medical Benefits
5- Business Restoration
6- Counseling Services
7- Financial Assistance
8- Personal Records and Information

NYC Restoration Centers are open from 8 AM – 8 PM daily
NYC Restoration Centers are located at these addresses:

Coney Island
Our Lady of Solace
2866 W. 19th St.
Brooklyn, 11224

SSA Building
10 Bouck Ct.
Brooklyn, 11223

Far Rockaway* (not open until 12PM today)
10-01 Beach 20th St.
(At Cornaga Ave.)
Queens, 11691

Staten Island
1976 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, 10306

Please click here for more information

The sender provided the following contact information:
Notify NYC


Suds: Send Us your Dirt from Sandy

Principle Investigators:

Alison Keimowitz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Vassar College, Poughkeepise, NY
Neil Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY


On Monday October 29, storm Sandy hit the east coast with surge of up to 13 feet of seawater. Many thousands of people are affected by flood waters which brought sediment (mud, sand, and dirt) into homes and businesses.  While the initial response must be to support those directly suffering from the aftermath the storm, clean-up of the flood waters, destroyed homes and deposited sediment is a necessary next step. We are interested in learning what chemicals may be present in this sediment and in the flood waters, and we need your help! We are asking people who are recovering from Sandy to collect samples and send them to us so that we can analyze them.

Study Objectives

In this study we are asking citizens to send us soil and sediment samples from areas of flooding in New York, particularly in or near residences. The collected samples will be analyzed for a variety of organic and inorganic contaminants including heavy metals, organic compounds from gasoline and other fuels, pesticides and other industrial effluents.

How can I help?

Do you live in (or have legal access to) of areas of New York that suffered flooding from the storm, for example Lower Manhattan, Far Rockaway, and Staten Island? All we need is for you to collect sediment that was deposited during the storm in or near to a residence.

How to sample sediment (dirt): take a clean container, like an empty water bottle, clean tupperware, ziploc bag, etc, and fill with wet sediment. Pour off any water sitting on top. We’ll take any amount, but something the size of about half a sandwich is ideal. Please label the container (or put something in the box with it) with the date and time, the location (address, if it was taken inside or outside, any other description), and your contact information in case we have questions. Alternatively fill out this form and send it with your sample.  Thank you!!!

Send samples to:

Alison Keimowitz
Chemistry Department
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Study Outcomes

We plan to post major results from the study on this website. More detailed results will also be published in a scientific journal. Any severe contamination found will be immediately reported to the appropriate authority.


We plan to raise funds for this project through private contributions using the crowd funding site Please visit the site periodically for updates and consider donating to the project.

About Us:

Alison Spodek Keimowitz is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Vassar College Chemistry Department. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University in 2006 and had a Fulbright Fellowship in the Microbiology Department at the University of Tel Aviv thereafter.

Ms. Keimowitz’s research focuses on the behaviors of contaminants in the environment, particularly arsenic, manganese, and other redox- sensitive metals.

Neil Fitzgerald is the Assistant Dean of Science at Marist College and an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Massachussetts in 1999. He joined Marist in 2001 after a working for a year at Barnard College.

Dr. Fitzgerald’s research interests involve improvement of atomic analysis methods including the use of flow-through and microwave energy. He is also interested in the analysis of chemical contaminants in the environment.

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FEMA workshops for non-profit institutions: FEMA Public Assistance

Many of New York’s non-profit institutions were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.  To apply for FEMA Public Assistance, the first step is to attend an applicant briefing being held by FEMA.  There are briefings scheduled, as follows at 49 – 51 Chambers Street, New York, NY:

Friday, November 16
10am – 12pm
2pm – 4pm

Monday, November 19
10am – 12pm
2pm – 4pm

To RSVP for a FEMA Applicant Briefing, please complete the RSVP form [HERE] Limit two attendees per organization.

Whether or not you can attend a FEMA Applicant Briefing, you are encouraged to register with FEMA as soon as possible by completing and submitting the RPA form. The one-page form can be found [HERE].

Email the completed form to John Grubsick at and a FEMA representative will contact you directly. The deadline for submitting an RPA is currently December 2, 2012.

Directions to 49-51 Chambers Street

By Subway:
1, 2, 3 trains to Chambers Street
A, C to Chambers Street
J, Z, 4, 5, 6 trains to Chambers Street/City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge

By Bus:
M15 to City Hall/Park Row


About FEMA Public Assistance

The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments, and certain types of Private Nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations. The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

The Federal share of assistance is not less than 75% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration. The grantee (usually the State) determines how the non-Federal share (up to 25%) is split with the subgrantees (eligible applicants).

LIIF Commits $1 Million to Communities Affected by Sandy

The Low Income Investment Fund’s (LIIF’s) thoughts and concerns are with the people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. To support recovery efforts, LIIF is committing $1 million to ensure that those hardest hit by the storm have access to food and much needed services.LIIF’s New York staff has reached out to our local network to understand the needs in the communities we serve. As a result, LIIF is providing deeply subsidized loans and grants to grocery stores and social service nonprofit clients that operate in areas of high need, such as the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island. These organizations can use the funds for inventory, facilities repair and working capital so they can reestablish themselves in their local communities.Among the first projects that LIIF is supporting is St. John’s Bread & Life, an emergency food provider that has been using its mobile soup kitchen in the immediate aftermath of the storm to deliver thousands of meals and supplies to affected areas. Already in the process of gearing up for the holidays, Bread & Life has added emergency outreach efforts to families who continue to grapple with displacement, ongoing power outages and hunger.

LIIF is also committed to rebuilding neighborhoods and helping families and businesses return to their communities. LIIF is providing funds to rebuild aKey Food store in Coney Island operated by Amy and Joe Doleh. The husband and wife entrepreneurs opened the store in 2009 and previously received financing from LIIF to break ground on a new Key Food in Staten Island. Located in one of the most affected areas of New York, the Doleh’s Coney Island store was flooded with five feet of water. After the storm, the store was unfortunately further damaged by looters. The Dolehs will use the funding from LIIF to repair the building and restock their shelves, so they can get back to providing groceries to their neighbors.

LIIF is fully committed to continuing to find ways to support vulnerable families, help small businesses get back on their feet and rebuild communities affected by this disaster.