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Hurricane Sandy Resource Page

Last reviewed/updated 3/18/14


This page lists some resources related to storm relief and recovery, many of which link to additional sources. Please help where you can. But also remember that many organizations that work tirelessly to provide vital programs and services in our communities on a daily basis were struggling before the storm, and this disaster has already made the situation worse. Even those not in the direct path were affected and have both immediate and ongoing needs. Sandy’s effects are hitting everyone directly and indirectly, so assistance and donations at ALL organizations are vital.

Following are some resources and links to additional Sandy-related information or updates. This page is updated regularly, and we also post updates via email and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you'd like to suggest a resource, make corrections or other recommendations of how the Center can help, please email us at center @ njnonprofits.org (remove the spaces in the email before sending). Thank you.


National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) April 2014 Deadline

Residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy whose homes were insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are facing a late April 2014 deadline to submit all proof of loss documents and comply with NFIP claim requirements. Homeowners who have not appealed or filed additional forms and proof of damages by this deadline will lose the right to challenge their NFIP settlement. The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has partnered with United Policyholders , a non-profit insurance consumer organization, to host a webinar open to Relief Fund grantees, partners and New Jersey homeowners that will provide guidance on preparing these necessary documents. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:30pm ET and will walk participants through the NFIP claim and appeal rules, and best practices for documenting and filing losses. To participate in the webinar register here.


The Intersect Fund

The Intersect fund offers a maximum $15,000 loan and $2,250 grant to Sandy-damaged businesses. It them only a few days to disburse a loan, so someone waiting months for funding from SBA, EDA, FEMA or insurance can use us this fund as a short term bridge. They also work with people who are ineligible for funding from those sources. The fund is featured on the Governor's Office website. More information.


Stronger NJ Business Grant Program

The NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced the availability of grants or forgivable loans for small businesses and certain non-profits that sustained at least $5,000 in physical damage from Superstorm Sandy. Eligible entities may apply for grants or forgivable loans of $5,000 - $50,000. Certain non-profits that provide services related to economic development may be eligible to apply for construction funds. Entities must have already registered for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) in order to apply. More information

To obtain assistance, donate or volunteer:

  • Governor’s Office of Volunteerism – To volunteer with cleanup or recovery efforts, call 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Volunteers may also visit http://www.volunteernewjersey.org/vnj/, a statewide database maintained by the Association of NJ Volunteer Centers and the Governor's Office of Volunteerism) or send an email to rowena.madden@sos.state.nj.us.
  • New Jersey Business Action Center - Info and resources for NJ businesses (and non-profits) related to storm recovery - http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/
  • Good360.org - National organization that facilitates product donations - http://about.good360.org/NewsItem/61
  • Pro Bono Partnership - Provides free transactional legal services for non-profits; can help non-profits with a wide array of disaster-related legal issues.  www.probonpartner.org
  • Build with Purpose - Helps schools and nonprofits assess storm damage and implement recovery plans including finding financing, securing contractors, approvals and permits; and to navigate available economic assistance including FEMA and newly created loan pools such as REBUILD New Jersey. They are also working with philanthropies through their Sandy relief efforts to identify groups that fall within priority recovery areas that are still in need of assistance.  www.bwpurpose.org
  • Robin Hood Relief Fund - Provides grants to organizations in NY and NJ that are assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy.  http://www.robinhood.org/rhsandy
  • Restore Our Shore - Is accepting donations for storm relief and recovery, and now accepting grant applications of up to $5,000 from non-profits in select counties (primarily Shore area) providing direct help or near-term, actionable projects.  http://www.restoreourshore.com/apply/
  • FEMA Tips for Donating/Volunteering to Relief Efforts - http://www.fema.gov/volunteer-donate-responsibly
  • NJ Division of Consumer Affairs - Beware of scam artists posing as legitimate charities.  Most charities, except religious organizations and very small charities, are required to register with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs before soliciting donations in the state.  The Division has a searchable database at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charity/chardir.htm , or call the Division at 1-800-242-5846 or 973-504-6215 to see if an organization is registered.

Sandy-Related Information from Selected Daily Newspapers:

 

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