Hurricane Sandy has been incredibly destructive. Many of us experienced power-outages, but others have been forced out of their homes due to flooding or other damages.
In response to this crisis, HPAE has established a relief fund for our members.
Click Here to Download & Print an Application for the HPAE Disaster Relief Fund
PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS DEC. 31, 2012
We have also developed a list of key resources for members who have been adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Click Here for a Flyer Describing Resources Available from HPAE
Click Here for a List of Government and Non-Profit Organization Resources for HPAE Members
Click Here to Find Out If You May be Eligible for Assistance from HPAE's Relief Fund
Some of you may be in a position to volunteer your time to help others in need or to make a donation.
Click Here to Volunteer or click the 'Donate' button below to contribute to our HPAE Relief Fund. Your contribution is not tax deductible for income tax purposes.
Below are additional links to information and resources for assistance, as well as other opportunities to provide support and donate.
Access to Disaster Assistance and Resources from the Federal Government
FEMA Disaster Relief Centers in New Jersey
State of New Jersey Web Site on Hurricane Sandy Information Resources
New Jersey AFL-CIO – Hurricane Sandy Recovery "Toolkit"
Legal Assistance (Provided by the New Jersey Bar Association)
Information About Insurance Claims:
(Please note that because Sandy was a subtropical storm and not a hurricane, insurance companies cannot levy the super-high hurricane deductible. They can still levy the usual flood insurance deductible.)
Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Food Banks for Members in New York City/Staten Island
Information About Unemployment Compensation
Relief Grants for Union Members Who Have "Union Plus" Credit Cards
Resources for Residents of Bergen County (from State Senator Gordon, Assemblywoman Wagner, and Assemblyman Eustace)
Center for Food Action (CFA) Sites to Distribute Food and Receive Donations in Bergen County
Resources to Help You Keep Safe (from WEC)
OSHA Floods Page: www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/index.html
NIOSH Floods Page: www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/flood.html
NJ Dept. of Health Flood Recovery: www.nj.gov/health/er/natural.shtml
NJDEP Hurricane Sandy Resources: http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/
NIOSH Recommendations for the Cleaning and Remediation of Flood Contaminated HVAC: www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/Cleaning-Flood-HVAC.html
CDC Prevent and Treat Other Illnesses and Injuries After a Hurricane or Flood: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/otherhazards.asp
Options for Donations and Volunteerism
Volunteer to Help "Restore the Shore"
Building Trades Unions – Hotline to Those Who Need Help to Clean Up Homes, Businesses
AFT Disaster Relief Fund
Read AFT President Randi Weingarten's Letter to the Membership
Mail checks to: AFT Disaster Relief Fund, American Federation of Teachers, 12 Floor, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001