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FEMA meetings on assistance for nonprofits

Please note the meetings below. We don’t yet know which nonprofits will be eligible for FEMA assistance, so it’s best to get the information and to fill out the Request for Public Assistance.

Public assistance (Infrastructure Support Program) for Hurricane Sandy-related activities is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for qualifying nonprofit entities, including hospitals, nursing homes, community centers, day care centers, and senior centers located in the following counties: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. Information related to applying for FEMA assistance, including an Applicant Handbook and Request for Public Assistance (RPA) forms, is available on the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYS OEM) Web site at The FEMA Public Assistance program provides supplemental reimbursement (after insurance is deducted) for the repair and restoration of infrastructure and facilities to pre-disaster condition.  The program is focused on organizations that have sustained extensive disaster losses.

Important:  FEMA determines whether a Private Non-Profit (PNP) is eligible.  This is an evolving process, and categories of eligibility may change as the specifics of Hurricane Sandy’s impact become clearer.  We strongly encourage you to attend an Applicant Briefing regardless of whether or not your organization type is listed as eligible in FEMA guidelines.

Applicants should attend a kickoff meeting in the county in which their facility is located. The kick-off meeting will provide an overview of the application process and review the necessary documentation needed to apply for FEMA assistance. The scheduled dates and times are provided below by county. Meetings are expected to last approximately two hours.





New York City

Wed, 11/14


10:00 a.m.

  2:00 p.m.


255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor

New York, NY


Thur, 11/15

10:00 a.m.

  2:00 p.m.



255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor

New York, NY


Fri, 11/16

10:00 a.m.

 2:00 p.m.

49-51 Chambers Street




10:00 a.m.

  2:00 p.m.

49-51 Chambers Street



Thur, 11/15

10:00 a.m.

  2:00 p.m.

  7:00 p.m.

Nassau County Legislative Chamber

1550 North Franklin

Mineola, NY


Tues, 11/20

10:00 a.m.

Rockland County Fire Training Center

35 Fireman’s Memorial Drive

Pomona, NY


Wed, 11/14

 9:30 a.m.

Suffolk County CC West Campus

Crooked Hill Road

Brentwood, NY


Wed, 11/14

1:30 p.m.

Suffolk County CC East Campus

121 Speonk-Riverhead Road

Riverhead, NY


Tues, 11/13

 9:00 a.m.

 1:00 p.m.

Westchester County Center

198 Central Avenue

White Plains, NY

To RSVP for a FEMA Applicant Briefing at 49-51 Chambers Street, please complete the RSVP form here: Limit two attendees per organization.

Application Eligibility, Requirements and Process

The following facilities are generally eligible for assistance:  educational, utilities, irrigation, emergency, medical, and custodial care facilities and facilities that provide essential government services.  Those that provide “other essential government services”, must be open to the general  public include, irrigation facilities, museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, homeless  shelters, senior citizens centers, shelter workshops, and health and safety services of a  governmental nature.

Applicants must complete a Request for Assistance (RPA) within 30 days of the declared event. In this case, that is by November 29th, 2012. After an entity submits a completed set of documents, institutions will be contacted to schedule a kickoff meeting, which is the initial meeting between FEMA, the State, and the applicant to discuss eligible projects for public assistance. FEMA will be represented by a Public Assistance Coordinator (PAC) and NYS OEM will be represented by a Public Assistance Liaison. This team will assist the institution in completing any necessary Project Worksheets and facilitate the public assistance process. These worksheets will be due 60 days after submission of the RPA. Please note that FEMA does not cover expenses otherwise covered by insurance policies or payers.

Private Not for Profit (PNPs) Institutions must also include:

    1. State Tax Exempt Form
    2. PNP Questionnaire
    3. Official E-mail Address
    4. Back-up information (Organization Charter or By-Laws, Descriptive Publications, Description of membership policies or fee structures)

More information about the remainder of the process, descriptions of eligible work, and the required documents can be found on OEM’s website at


New York Times: Insurance guidance

More UJA-Federation aid and other resources

See Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Hurricane Sandy information page for links to recovery resources.

As part of our new Connect to Recovery initiative to help people hurt by Hurricane Sandy, UJA-Federation today made the first $1.3 million in allocations to network agencies, synagogues, and day school families.

The initial allocations, authorized by a committee of lay leaders chaired by former UJA-Federation President John M. Shapiro, are part of a relief effort started Sunday when UJA-Federation made available up to $10 million to respond to urgent needs arising from the most devastating natural disaster to have ever struck the New York area.

Work being done in the hardest hit areas, such as Zone A in New York City and the south shore of Long Island, was given top priority in our initial allocations.

In the first grants, close to 30 agencies will receive funds for reimbursement of extraordinary expenses related to the hurricane. The money will provide emergency food, temporary housing, financial counseling, emergency cash assistance, and more. Close to 30 synagogues also received initial funding and there was money allocated to day schools for scholarships to families who were severely impacted by the storm.

“Our network agencies and synagogues are doing the vital work of helping people put their lives back together. We don’t want them to have to worry about where the money is coming from. This is just the beginning,” Shapiro said.

Read Jewish Week’s editorial praising our relief efforts, Stepping Up to Provide Relief.

View our updated photo gallery to see images of the Jewish community’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

For those who want to help, everyday we are updating a list of volunteer opportunities in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island.

UJA-Federation opened the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Funds raised will be used to provide support to agencies and communities that have been impacted by the devastation. One hundred percent of the funds will be used for aid; no administrative costs will be applied.

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