Superstorm Sandy: Recovery Resources

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.

Remains of a house in Chalker Beach in Old Saybrook
Photo by Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant / October 30, 2012


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

FEMA Helpline: 1-800-621-3362


FEMA’s Hurricane Preparedness page (mobile version)

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center

NYS pamphlet on family preparedness for storms, floods, and power outages (En Español)

Get emergency notifications on your phone:

Emergency Broadcast Radio Stations in CT


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:

Prevent mold damage

NYS Dept of Health action steps for health after floods


CL&P outage map

CL&P Customer Service/Report Outages: 1-800-286-2000 or 860-947-2000

UI outage map

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.)

Con-Ed outage map

Report a gas leak or electrical emergency to Con-Ed: 1-800-75-CONED. National Grid customers call 1-718-643-4050.


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 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 to report their damage.


CT State Parks and Forests Currently Open to the Public

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.


Open Gas Stations in NJ, NYC, and eastern PA

Debris Management in CT

Donation and Volunteer Opportunities in the NYC Area

Posted by Laura McMillan, outreach associate for CFE/Save the Sound

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