Please note: The following information has been provided to NYSNA from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We are offering this information for our members to use, and share freely.
Tragically, many lost friends and loved ones during this dangerous storm, while even more lost their possessions, homes and peace of mind. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the disaster. As communities along the east coast slowly recover, members of the emergency management community are working closely with state and local officials to support affected individuals and communities.
Given the severe flooding many communities experienced, individuals are encouraged to visit FloodSmart.gov for important tools, tips and guidance for recovery after a flood. FloodSmart is the official website of the National Flood Insurance Program. Since standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. To learn more about floods, flood insurance or how to file a claim, visit Floodsmart.gov today.
Power utility providers are in the process of restoring power – which is expected to take several days in some areas. Tips to remember during a power outage:
Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are on the ground, assisting in those areas where the medical infrastructure has been overwhelmed. As we continue to keep you informed about our response and support efforts, we want to ensure you know how to apply for federal assistance:
In addition to these ways to apply, you can visit a disaster recovery center in your area and search for disaster recovery centers on your smartphone.
The American Red Cross has mobilized hundreds of its disaster workers, readying shelters and coordinating efforts with community partners in affected states. To find an open Red Cross shelter, download the Red Cross Hurricane app or visit redcross.org/find-help/shelter.
You may also search for shelters through FEMA: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Before you go to a shelter, always check with your local emergency management agency for availability and services.
After disaster strikes, many across the country offer their support in whatever way they can, so we will continue to get the word out about where you can volunteer or donate to help disaster survivors. Be wary of scam artists that show up after a disaster as well.
Along with its federal partners, FEMA is working closely with state, local and tribal governments on response efforts and is concurrently beginning recovery operations to support those affected individuals and communities. Additionally:
Sharing information using social media tools is also a good way for residents to stay informed:
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is New York’s largest professional association and union for registered nurses. The association represents registered nurses, and some all-professional bargaining units, in New York and New Jersey. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.