Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resources

Because of the challenges facing so many of our members and community, OJC has compiled a list of resources to help you find the assistance you need. Please let us know of any corrections or changes necessary to this page. In most cases, we tried to provide you with links directly to the agency/ organization so you could get the most up-to-date information.

The Friedberg JCCs Caring for our Community is offering free counseling for victims of Superstorm Sandy, check out the flyer.


FEMA Assistance – Find, Apply, Check on Assistance (more details below)


Housing and Urban Development – Info on finding shelters, housing, dealing with damaged home, additional resources, etc.


Community Development Corporation of Long Island


American Red Cross Shelters


List of Nassau County Resources, Shelters, Warming Centers, FEMA Recovery Centers, FEMA Pod Locations, etc.


Town of Hempstead Resources and Information


Town of Hempstead Warming Centers and Shower Locations


Repair the World lists all sorts of resources and tries to update it daily


Oceanside has a Facebook page focused on recovering from Hurricane Sandy


The Oceanside Jewish community has a discussion group

This list can be used by members and friends of Oceanside, NY synagogues to post messages related to shul business, announcements, questions, events, or other news of interest to the community.  No commercial advertisements please.

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New York Legal Assistance Group


— Residents and businesses in Long Beach can pick up mail at the Western Nassau Processing Plant at 830 Stewart Ave. in Garden City from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


— New York State has extended time for Department of Motor Vehicle renewals, tax filings and payments, and bond payments for residents and businesses in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties and in New York City


— The state also will replace food stamps lost in the storm in areas hardest hit. Current recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, will be automatically issued 50 percent of their benefits starting next week, Cuomo’s office announced.


— Touro Law Center in Central Islip will provide storm-related referrals, assistance and legal advice for local residents and small businesses affected by the storm. The law school’s Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team will be staffed by volunteer lawyers and law students. Residents can call 631-761-7198 or email


— The New York State Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College will have a counselor at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst to help small businesses with storm-related needs, including damage documentation and paperwork preparation. A counselor will be available from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. through Friday.



Long Island Cares: For a complete list of food pantries and soup kitchens across Long Island  •  631-582-FOOD

Salvation Army Greater New York Division: Free packaged meals and drinking water in specific locations.  Locations change daily.  Check website or Facebook page.


Housing/Shelters & Additional Resources

Red Cross: Nassau County: (516) 747-3500


Government Resources

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): (800) 480-2520

•     Affected individuals & businesses in the following New York counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance

•     New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Suffolk, & Queens counties

•     Search for open shelters by texting SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).  Ex: Shelter 01234

•     Apply Online ( for FEMA Assistance or Apply/Check your status by phone
(800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585

•     Info you need to file for federal assistance:

•     Tips to recover after a disaster:

•     Search for a Disaster Recovery Center to speak with a FEMA representative in person:

•     Let your friends/family know you’re safe: