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Gov. Chris Christie in Little Ferry, N.J., July 30, 2013. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Deadline Approaching For N.J. Residents Eligible For $180 Million In Grant Money

Homeowners in the nine hardest-hit counties in the state can use the $10,000 grants for any non-construction purpose.

07/30/2013

Josh Lockwood of the Red Cross of Greater New York announces a grant for the Brooklyn Community Foundation, May 29, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS880)

Red Cross Defends Sandy Spending, Noting Long-Term Needs

Some advocates suggested the relief organization should have acted with more urgency in the weeks after the storm and left long-haul recovery tasks to someone else.

05/29/2013

People receive aid from a Red Cross mobile distribution center on January 4, 2013 in the Midland Beach area of Staten Island, Jan. 4, 2013. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Red Cross Sandy Donations Remain Unspent; Jersey Shore Residents Frustrated

While President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced the Jersey Shore was “open for business” Tuesday, some residents said they are still in sad shape seven months after Superstorm Sandy – and would like the American Red Cross to step up.

05/28/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer (file / credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Schumer Calls For Infusion Of $900 Million In Federal Aid To Assist Sandy Recovery

The senator has petitioned the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Management and Budget to boost its disaster reimbursement rate from 75 percent to 90 percent.

05/01/2013

Volunteers unload supplies at Amityville High School (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Two Truckloads Of Supplies Donated By New Orleans Residents Arrive On Long Island

Those in need can go to Amityville High School, where the supplies have been unloaded.

11/20/2012

Volunteers spend the afternoon helping by unloading and organizing emergency supplies near Midland Beach on November 4, 2012 in Staten Island. (credit: Mehdi Taamallah/AFP/Getty Images)

5 Great Ways To Give Back In NYC

After the skies clear and the water recedes, the human response to a disaster on the order of Hurricane Sandy is to give back. Here are five great ways to do so in New York City right now.

11/09/2012

Home damaged by Sandy in Toms River, NJ Nov. 1, 2012 (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

New Jersey Offering Free Mental Health Counseling To Those Coping With Sandy

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced state and federal emotional stress hotlines have been made available to New Jersey residents and relief workers.

11/04/2012

A neighborhood destroyed by Hurricane Sandy (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Opinion: Sandy Reminds Us Of The Need For FEMA And That Romney Would Shut It Down

Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.

10/30/2012

A worker attaches plywood to the window of his shop ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac on August 27, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to strengthen into at least a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall near Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Opinion: As Hurricane Isaac Threatens The GOP Continues To Party

As Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to “choose life” while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.

08/28/2012

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Disaster Relief Information & Resources

Superstorm Sandy caused widespread destruction and devastation across the Tri-State.

01/09/2012

Bystanders and emergency workers attempt to free an ambulance stuck on a side street in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn December 29, 2010 in New York City.  Many side streets, especially those in the outer boroughs, are still unplowed in the wake of a massive snowstorm that crippled much of New York and left millions of holiday travelers stuck at airports and train stations around the eastern seaboard.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

City To Get Disaster Funds For December Blizzard

Mayor Bloomberg says President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Staten Island for last year’s Christmas weekend blizzard, meaning the federal government will reimburse some costs for the snow cleanup.

02/19/2011