Hurricane Sandy Recovery Assistance Resources

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Assistance Resources

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Assistance Resources. Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is coordinating a set of services to assist small businesses in recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Below is an outline of available programs & relevant contact information:

For small- to mid-sized businesses that have experienced business interruptionHurricane Sandy Recovery Assistance Resources

An emergency loan for businesses will be available, patterned after similar programs deployed in past emergencies. Loans will be capped at $10,000. Please click this link to contact an NYC Business Solutions Account Manager or call 311 and ask for NYC Business Emergency Loan.

Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery Loans are available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance, and for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster. More information can be found at, or 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Information from the Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance is also available at 

For mid- to large-sized businesses that need to undertake rebuilding 

An emergency sales tax letter from New York City Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will be available allowing businesses to avoid payment of New York City and New York State sales taxes on materials purchased for rebuilding. IDA will also waive all fees and, while following State law, look to streamline its normal procedure. This program is expected to offer economic benefits to reconstruction projects costing $500,000 or more. Please contact Shin Mitsugi at for further information on this program.

For any business that is temporarily displaced from its space

Short-term “swing” office space at Brooklyn Army Terminal available free of charge for the next 30 days. NYCEDC has approximately 40,000 square feet of warehouse space at the Terminal that can be used for this purpose. Please click this link to contact an NYC Business Solutions Account Manager or call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.

For any business in need of other emergency assistance

The SBS Business Outreach Team and Emergency Response Unit’s Large Scale Response Team will be deployed after the storm to help all impacted small businesses. This team is currently on-call for any storm-related business inquiries and is closely coordinating with the NYC Office of Emergency Management.  Please click this link to contact an NYC Business Solutions Account Manager or call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.

Federal Aid Programs for Disaster Recovery 

Click here for information from the Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance.

State resources

    • State of New Jersey – The state website has a Hurricane Sandy resource center with emergency hotlines, updates from the power companies and how you can volunteer.

If you would like to help those hurt by this storm, here are a few ways:

Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or mail a contribution to a local Red Cross chapter or the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. The Red Cross is providing food and shelter to storm victims.

Visit, text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation, confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” The Salvation Army is providing food and shelter to storm victims.

Visit to support the group’s pet rescue team.

Visit to find the nearest blood drive site. The Red Cross said more than 360 Red Cross blood drives were canceled due to the storm.

Filling a Liability Claim

Filling a Liability Claim


Filling a Liability Claim after Storm Sandy

The most effective way to file a claim is to contact your carrier directly. We have compiled a list of our companies and their respective claim department numbers that you can conveniently reference below.

Claim Department Contact Numbers (By Insurance Carrier)
ACE Ins. Co.: 1-800-778-1629
Adirondack: 1-877-365-8693
Chartis Private Client Group: 1-888-760-9195
Chubb Ins. Co.: 1-800-252-4670
CNA Commercial Ins.: 1-877-262-2727
Encompass Ins.: 1-800-340-3016
Farmer’s Group: 1-800-435-7764
Foremost: 1-800-527-3907
Foremost Auto Claims: 1-800-274-7865
GMAC Ins. Co.: 1-800-325-1088
Guard Ins. Group: 1-888-639-2567
Hanover Ins. Co.: 1-800-628-0250
Harleysville Flood: 1-800-421-3535
Harleysville Ins. Co.: 1-800-892-8877
Hartford Flood: 1-800-759-8656
Hartford Ins. Co.: 1-800-243-5860
Kemper Ins. Co.: 1-866-536-7376
Lancaster Ins. Co.: 1-800-521-6155
Main Street America Group: 1-877-425-2467
Metropolitan Ins. Co.: 1-800-854-6011
New York Central Mutual Ins. Co.: 1-800-234-6926
One Beacon: 1-877-248-3455
Peerless Ins. Co.: 1-800-522-7152
Penn Millers Ins. Co.: 800-233-8347
Progressive Ins. Co.: 1-800-274-4499
QBE Ins. Co.: 1-888-737-8256
Safeco Ins. Co.: 1-800-332-3226
Selective Ins. Co.: 1-866-455-9969
Seneca Ins. Co.: 212-277-3490
Sterling Ins. Co.: 1-800-462-4661
Tower Group Cos.: (Pers.) 1(888) 856-5522
Tower Group Cos.: (Comm.) 1-888-856-5522
Traveler’s Ins. Co.: (Pers.) 1-800-252-4633
Traveler’s Ins. Co.: (Comm.) 1-800-238-6225
USLI Ins. Co.: 1-888-875-5231
Utica First Ins. Co.: 1-800-456-4545
Utica National Ins. Co.: (Pers.) 1-800-216-1420
Utica National Ins. Co.: (Comm.) 1-800-216-1420
Zurich Ins. Co.: 1-800-987-3373

Once again, we hope you and your family are recovering from the storm in good health and safety!

Carrier Update Nov 2

Carrier Update Nov 2

First, and most importantly, we hope that you and your families are safe and sound.  

An office status for Health Insurance Carrier post Hurricane Sandy for your information.  Millennium medical Solutions Corp is up and running and the offices are open until 2:00 PM today, Friday November 2nd.

Our building has power but we are having on and off phone/internet trouble but some calls are able to come through so you can call if you have any issues.

Carrier Update

• EmblemHealth still closed
• Horizon still closed
• AmeriHealth still had no power as of yesterday
• Oxford Update – see below

A few changes to business as usual in response to the storm:

1. The deadline for payment of October premiums has been extended. We’ve extended the deposit date for payments to November 9th. Customers should make their payments online, however, as we cannot guarantee that our overnight mailing facilities will be open and available to accept mail.
2. The deadline for November renewals has been extended from the 1st to the 6th. This includes renewals run through our IDEA portal.
As we get any additionalupdates, we will reach out to you.