BLOGNov 8, 2012
Brownsville's Post-Sandy Resource Guide
-Downed trees: 311 is the go-to solution. Call by dialing 311 or 212-639-9675 from outside New York City; Text them at 311-692; Skype them at NYC311; follow their Twitter updates @311NYC or visit their website.
Note: other storm questions can be answered using 311 or by visiting New York City's website.
-Food stamps/ food replacement vouchers: The city’s Human Resources Administration is open and available to help. Brownsville's Human Resource Administration Center, located at 45 Hoyt St., Brooklyn is also currently open.
-Closures for job centers, social security offices, information on fair hearings and more (this document is available at the Brownsville Partnership office).
-Housing court: Kings County Housing Court is now open. If a court date was missed, a resident will get notification of a new court date in the mail. If you were unable to make it to court Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31st, your case was postponed and you will get a new date in the mail.
-Career Centers: Check here for opening and closing information on Workforce 1 Centers.
-Travel: Due to weather related conditions, MTA Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad trains may be traveling at a reduced rate of speed due to slippery track conditions. Some service may be temporarily suspended. Customers should expect delays and in some cases canceled trains.
Subway service is operating on most lines; others are being worked on in hopes of restoring full service system-wide. Bus service may be delayed due to road conditions and weather-related traffic volume.
Customers should be careful on steps and platforms and when detraining or alighting from buses.
See MTA's website for more transit and travel details.
-Food and Drinking water: New York City water is safe to drink. Visit this site to find out where you can get food, water and blankets, and this site to find locations of food trucks that have hot meals.
-Power: Power outages are still occurring. Visit Con Edison's outage map for more information.
If you have not heard from someone in an affected area, they could be out of power completely, and cell phone service has been extremely spotty.
-Evacuated areas: City building inspectors must inspect buildings in evacuated areas before residents are permitted to return. Buildings will be tagged with red, yellow and green tags accompanying safety information to explain the state of the structure.
Community Solutions’ central office in Manhattan was without power during the week of the storm but reopened Monda, Nov. 5.
“Brownsville was not among the hardest hit areas, and for that, we are very grateful,” said Brownsville Partnership Director Rasmia Kirmani-Frye. Damage was limited to downed trees, awnings and scaffolding.
“We are continuing to check in with vulnerable residents, especially older adults and the homebound, to make sure they have what they need," she said.
Brownsville Partnership staff have also assisted in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where residents of other public housing projects are without power and water.
For those wanting to support recovery efforts, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has established the Brooklyn Recovery Fund and will see that contributions reach the places most in need.
The Partnership will have a phone line open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to take calls and questions regarding needs related to the storm. Call (718) 436-2025 or (718) 637-6144.
Please see the list below for more post-storm resources:
-Use the Google Crisis Map to find shelters and other services
-Find daytime warming centers here
-See flooded areas using this flood gauge