The entire federal family continues to lean forward to support the states, tribes and
communities in their ongoing response efforts as they work to save lives. We
also continue to work with the entire emergency management team,
including with our state, tribal and local partners, the voluntary and
faith-based community, the private sector, and we continue to encourage
the public to be safe and listen to the direction of their state, tribal and local
We understand that those who are anxious
to return home following the storm, but we are asking for everyone to be
patient and to wait for directions from their tribal and local
officials. There may be hazardsthat
prevent you from being able to return home such as downed power lines,
road closures, roads or bridges that are impassable, and traffic lights
In addition to the updates on this
page, visit our
Learn more about the disaster process and FEMA's disaster aid programs
For Disaster Survivors
For Those Who Want to Help
- Cash is best: the best way to support
survivors of Hurricane Sandy is to make a financial contribution to
trusted organization. Please read these tips on donating and volunteering responsibly.
- Give blood: numerous blood drives have been
canceled as a result of the storm and the Red Cross has a need for blood
donations. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about
giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS
Additional info on volunteering and donating responsibly.
There is a lot of misinformation
circulating on social networks. Check here for an on-going list of
rumors and their true or false status.
- November 3: There have been recent blog
posts and social media traffic expressing that FEMA is out of bottled
water. This is FALSE. We are providing water to
our state partners for distribution.
For New York locations and
times of food and water distribution centers and daytime warming
centers, visit www.nyc.gov.
- November 3: There have been calls and
posts from citizens related to the failure of the Old Bridge Township
water system in Old Bridge, New Jersey. This is FALSE. The Old Bridge Municipal Utilities
Authority (OBMUA) has reported that the water system is stable and safe
and that there are no usage restrictions currently in place.
- November 3: Food stamps being given out
to residents of New York and New Jersey as a part of FEMA assistance.
This is FALSE. For information on the types of assistance
available to those impacted by Sandy, call 1-800-621-FEMA.
- November 2: There is a spike of traffic
related to FEMA hiring cleanup crews in both New York and New Jersey.
This is FALSE. For information on how you can volunteer in
these communities visit Serve.gov/sandy