Okay, Hurricane Sandy is a big deal, already caused a lot of damage and is expected to cause even more harm to communities across the EastCoast.
Here's a list of Hurricane Sandy relief resources we compiled. We'll keep adding to this list too.
Let me know if you have other credible resources too.
Hurricane Kit: Explaining Hurricanes to Kids with Big Bird http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/hurricane NYT Readers Photo of Hurricane Sandy http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/us/hurricane-sandy-photos.html A Facebook Page for Lost and Found pets https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hurricane-Sandy-Lost-and-Found-Pets/403922739676650
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/7028 Disaster Safety & Preparedness Guide for Seniors & People with Disabilities http://www.nyredcross.org/?nd=disaster_safety_guide_for_seniors_and_people_with_disabilities First Aid Kit Tips for your Pets Prepare a first-aid kit for your pets and to be aware of how to treat common injuries. Some tips here. http://www.findavet.us/2012/04/how-to-treat-top-5-dog-first-aid-situations/
American Red Cross
To find a shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app : http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app
You can find a list of currently open Red Cross shelters at: http://www.redcross.org/nss/
People should also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing
Google Crisis Map
Google Crisis map that has good information about Hurricane Sandy as well as shelter information: http://google.org/crisismap/sandy-2012
A secure, user-friendly web portal that consolidates information about federally funded government assistance to disaster victims, including the ability to apply for FEMA benefits directly online: http://www.disasterassistance.gov
State Offices of Emergency Management
A list of the emergency management offices in all 50 states plus territories:
Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling.
This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text `TalkWithUs' to 66746) residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters: http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/
How to help
The folks at Huffington Post have a great resource, note some redundancy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/hurricane-sandy-how-to-help_n_2022488.html