Hurricane Sandy brought tremendous devastation to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Millions of residents of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are without power, and many are dealing with severe damage to their homes from storm surge flooding, wind, fire, or fallen trees. We’ll be bringing you insights about the environmental and personal impacts of Sandy in the coming weeks. Check back to see more posts in the series. We’ve assembled some resources that we hope you will find helpful. If you have additional suggestions, please leave them in the comments.
State of CT’s Hurricane Sandy headquarters
NYC Crisis Map: interactive map with on NYC shelters, food distribution, power outages, transit and other essentials. Includes some information for Westchester Co., Long Island, CT and NJ.
Emergency shelter: For information on available shelters throughout Connecticut, call 2-1-1 or visit www.211ct.org.
FEMA Helpline: 1-800-621-3362
Get emergency notifications on your phone:
HEALTH & SAFETY
CT Department of Public Health’s page on health after Sandy – includes drinking water, carbon monoxide, food safety, and more, available in English, Español, Italian, Chinese, Polish, and other languages.
Drinking water safety:
- 82 small public water systems in CT are under boil advisory.
- What to do if you’re under a boil advisory
- Drinking water safety for private wells
UTILITY OUTAGES AND EMERGENCIES
CL&P Customer Service/Report Outages: 1-800-286-2000 or 860-947-2000
UI Customer Service/Report Outages: 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584)
Report a gas leak to Southern Connecticut Gas: 800-513-8898 (For safety, call from outside the affected building. Call 911 if there is a chance of fire or explosion.)
Report a gas leak or electrical emergency to Con-Ed: 1-800-75-CONED. National Grid customers call 1-718-643-4050.
INSURANCE CLAIMS & DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Tips from the CT Insurance Department on filing storm damage claims
FEMA has declared Connecticut’s Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties, New York’s Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties, and all boroughs of New York City as disaster areas, with eligibility for assistance. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in these counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (hearing and speech impaired residents can call the TTY line at 1-800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Officials will be touring Connecticut’s Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties to determine eligibility. Meanwhile, residents and businesses in those counties should dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211ct.org to report their damage.
Boating info for CT – CT DEEP has procedures on how to report a lost or found boat, instructions on how to hurricane-proof your vessel, and a list of courtesy docks removed for the storm.
Get updates on the go by following these Twitter accounts.
- Office of CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy: @GovMalloyOffice
- CT Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection: @CTDEMHS
- Connecticut Red Cross: @CTRedCross
- Connecticut Light & Power: @CTLightandPower
- United Illuminating: @UnitedIllum
Posted by Laura McMillan, outreach associate for CFE/Save the Sound