If you are a PSC member dealing with losses resulting from Superstorm Sandy, please fill out this web form. The PSC is using this form to connect members with the help they need. You can also call PSC’s Sandy Relief Hotline for assistance, at 646-459-6888. After the union receives your call or form submission, you will be contacted with potential resources and information.
Our statewide affiliate, NYSUT, has established a Storm Relief Fund that aims to provide small grants to affected members. And some PSC members and staff have trained to help you register for FEMA assistance.
The process of securing FEMA aid can be confusing, so trained assistance can often make a big difference. For example, it’s crucial to know that in order to receive certain types of financial aid from FEMA, most aid applicants first need to apply for a Disaster Loan from the US Small Business Administration. This is true of almost everyone, not just small business owners, and is a requirement under government regulations.
If you receive a US Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application from FEMA when you register for help, you must complete the application and return it to the SBA to be considered for FEMA assistance beyond the disaster temporary housing program. This is true even if you don’t want a loan, or you don’t think you’ll qualify.
PSC members or staff who’ve received training in FEMA procedures can help you get past these bumps in the road.
The PSC has also compiled a list of web links and sources of information about other programs that can help with repairs and rebuilding, financial losses, food assistance, counseling, etc. These include the Governor’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund; the NYC Rapid Repairs Program; and assistance programs from the New York City Central Labor Council and CUNY’s Work/Life Program. This information source list is on the PSC website.
In addition, the PSC’s Environmental Health and Safety Committee is offering a workshop on mold and is distributing respirators to those who may need them while doing clean-up on their homes. For more information on the respirators, which are not for use in all circumstances, click here.