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 Important Resources for Responding to Sandy

Lawyers Alliance is reviving its Disaster Relief program.
  We have updated our website with three new legal alerts:
(i) commercial real estate issues; (ii) employment law issues; and (iii) operating a disaster relief program.
  Here is the link to the website:
For Clients on Food Stamps:
Many clients in certain hard hit areas will automatically receive 50% of their monthly benefit to offset food losses. If they lost more than 50% of their food, or are not in one of the 76 zip codes They need to take immediate action - Go here for additional information:
Disaster Unemployment Assistance:
DUA is a Federal program that provides payments to people in a Federally declared disaster area who have lost work or income due to the disaster. The NYS Department of Labor determines if claims filed under the program are valid, and makes payments to those who qualify. The Federal government funds the DUA program. President Obama declared several counties in New York major disaster areas, at Governor Cuomo?s request.
Many of you are incurring costs unexpectedly as a result of Sandy because you sustained damage to your physical infrastructure, are spending funds on staff overtime, are meeting new community needs, or simply have had to spend additional funds above your normal expenditures to continue regular operations. We know you are focused on recovery, but want to encourage you to consider the need to track spending and want to offer information that will help you develop tracking systems that will allow you to maximize reimbursement. More information can be found at http://www.hrsa.gov/emergency/buckets/fedasst.pdf.pdf
Please review eligibility requirements for FEMA's Public Assistance program at:
Eligible expenditures fall into two major classifications and several categories, as follows:
Emergency Work
  • Category A: Debris Removal
    Clearance of trees and woody debris; building wreckage; sand, mud, silt, and gravel; vehicles; and other disaster related material deposited on public and, in very limited cases, private property
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures
    Measures taken before, during, and after a disaster to save lives, protect public health and safety, and protect improved public and private property
Permanent Work (The following categories of work are eligible to the extent that the work is necessitated by the disaster):
  • Category C: Roads and Bridges
    Repair of roads, bridges, and associated features, such as shoulders, ditches, culverts,
    lighting and signs
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities
    Repair of irrigation systems, drainage channels, and pumping facilities. Repair of levees, dams, and flood control channels fall under Category D, but the eligibility of these facilities is restricted.
  • Category E: Buildings and Equipment
    Repair or replacement of buildings, including their contents and systems; heavy equipment; and vehicles.
  • Category F: Utilities
    Repair of water treatment and delivery systems; power generation facilities and distribution lines; and sewage collection and treatment facilities.
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Items
    Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries, and beaches. This category also is used for any work or facility that cannot be characterized adequately by Categories A-F
You should document damages through photographs (preferably with digital cameras NOT smart phones) and GIS coordinates of individual sites.
Documentation of costs
Please make sure to keep accurate records of all recovery expenses including:
1. What the expense is,
2. Who did the work,
3. When the work was done,
4. Where the work was done,
5. Why the work was necessary, and
6. How the work is directly related to the storm.
Additionally, if services are being provided (such as to people being sheltered or students being bused), records must be maintained of the number - and, if at all possible, the names - of individuals served, the date(s) and time(s) of services, and the nature of the service provided to each (shelter, food, medical attention, transportation, or educational services). Ideally, it is best If you track these costs by category type (as per the above).
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