Hurricane Sandy Update

As LIC recovers from Hurricane Sandy, LIC Partnership staff is here to help. Staff members have been assessing the damage reporting it to 311. We have also been reaching out to business owners in person in addition to phone and email.
 
Please be in touch with any questions or concerns. We are also happy to provide a list of local vendors for your post-hurricane needs. The best way you can help the neighborhood recover is to support our local businesses with your patronage. Take in a show, shop at our retailers and dine at our local restaurants. Also, here are some efforts being made in LIC to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
 
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s office is working to get supplies to locations in the Rockaways and Red Hook. They are in need of extra vehicles and if possible can use your assistance to get these items to the areas of most need. Those who are interested in volunteering should go to the office (47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205) between the hours 9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday this week.
 
LIC Market is collecting donations for shelters. Most needed items include: water, clothing (especially socks, underwear and sweats), shoes, non-perishable food, baby food and baby supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, batteries/flashlights and lanterns, demolition tools (pry bars, sledge hammers, dust masks, garbage bags), tarps, daily newspapers, batteries (A, AAA, D).
 
Green Shores NYC is hosting Leaf Fest, a park clean up, this Saturday. All materials & refreshments will be provided for volunteers. November 10, 10 AM – noon at Queensbridge Park.
 
Alewife was damaged during the storm and is fund raising to help their recovery. They are donating 10% of the donations they receive to relief shelters.

Laughing Devil is offering $5 tickets by using the code SANDY when you purchase online. They will also be open before shows from 5:30 - 7:30 PM to attendees and the public to charge devices, etc.

New York Irish Center
is accepting donations of emergency supplies for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts at the following times: Saturday, November from 10 9am-1pm; Sunday, November 11 from 9am-1pm.


Map of Stations Now Selling Gas
 
Mayor Bloomberg today signed an emergency order to establish an odd-even license plate system for gasoline purchases, starting 6:00 AM on Friday, to reduce wait times and lines at gas stations in the five boroughs. A map on the Gas Buddy website shows stations that are selling gas.

  
  
Transportation
 
The East River Ferry has resumed regular operations except for in Greenpoint where the stop remains closed.
 
Train service has been restored in LIC. Visit MTA’s website for full service information.
 
 
Storm Recovery Information from NYC.gov

Please visit the city's website or click on a link below for more information on:
 
Making Donations

We've been contacted by a number of businesses and individuals asking how they can contribute to relief efforts.  Here are a few helpful links: 
  • The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is accepting cash donations, with 100% of all contributions dispensed to relief efforts and organizations.
  • he American Red Crossin Greater New York has been working to assist those affected by the storm, and is accepting donations and asking for volunteers.
  • The Food Bank for New York City is working to feed hungry New Yorkers.
  • The NYPD Community Affairs Bureauhas established a donation point at Resort World Casino (Former Aqueduct Racetrack); 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in Jamaica. They are seeking donations of the following (or similar items): Food - Canned goods; Non-perishable food items; Individual snacks (chips, cookies, fruit snacks, granola bars, pudding); Canned Milk; Bottled Water. Clothing - All types of clothing for all ages and genders, particularly clothing for the approaching colder weather. Other Items - Paper products (facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels); Baby care products (diapers, formula, wipes) Trash bags; Aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags; Cleaning products (bleach, sponges, dishwashing liquid); Bath and bedroom items (towels, sheets and pillow cases); Personal care products (deodorant, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner; feminine hygiene products). Any questions can be directed to the Community Affairs Bureau at 646-610-5323 or via email at communityaffairs@nypd.org. Store owners, or other large businesses interested in bulk donations should contact the above number to coordinate logistics.
  • In the aftermath of the storm, New York City is in critical need of blood. New Yorkers are encouraged to donate.  Find a Blood Drive in your area.

Government Efforts to Help Businesses
 
New York City has announced programs to assist businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including emergency loans, free office space and expedited help navigating city agency permits in order to reopen for business. Learn more about city programs. For more information on a range of federal disaster relief for businesses, visit the US Small Business Administration's website.

We're working with the NYC Department of Small Business Services and the NYC Economic Development Corporation to find temporary rent-free space for businesses forced to relocate due to storm damage. Any sort of space -- from a desk and an outlet to an office suite -- could be helpful. If you can donate space, or need space, contact us by emailor call 718-786-5300 x33.

Special federal tax law provisions may help both individual taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Learn more about this IRS program.

The loan fund has increased its' cap from $10,000 to $25,000. The first form that needs to be filled out and submitted is the 4506T.  That should be completed and sent in even before all the paperwork is together for loans.  You’ll also need the loan application and personal finance statement.
 

Review Your Emergency Planning Procedures
 
Just after a crisis is the best time to review your processes and procedures to identify weaknesses and ensure better planning in future. Take the time to ask “what did we learn?” and “what could we do better?” For residents, this could mean making sure you finally buy that flashlight and extra batteries, or keep some extra cash around as credit cards didn’t work when the power was out. For businesses, this could mean reviewing your action plan for getting in touch with your employees when your company’s servers are down and you can’t access your latest contact list. Find resources on how to prepare by visiting the NYC Office of Emergency Management.
 
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