Shelters and Warming Center Information

Cold Weather/Winter Safety Tips

  • Use only safe sources of alternative heat such as a fireplace, small well-vented wood or coal stove or portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturers instructions
  • DO NOT operate generators indoors; the motor emits deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • DO NOT use charcoal to cook indoors. It, too, can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
  • DO NOT use your gas oven to heat your home -- prolonged use of an open oven in a closed house can create carbon monoxide gas.
  • Additional Cold Weather/Winter Safety Tips

Food Assistance

Current recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy will automatically receive 50 percent of their October monthly SNAP benefit amount the week of November 5 to replace food lost as a result of the storm. The benefits are being automatically issued to SNAP recipients in Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan and Westchester counties, as well as at least 82 zip codes in New York City, including all of Staten Island. Additional zip codes in New York City that experienced extended power loss may be added as more details about the number of households affected becomes available. Most up-to-date SNAP Replacement list

Other current SNAP recipient households that have lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to Hurricane Sandy are also entitled to replacement benefits. The loss must be reported by Wednesday, November 28, 2012, and the household must return a signed and completed Request for Repalcement Food Purchases with SNAP Form, by close of business on Monday, December 10, 2012. The form is also available at local Department of Social Services offices. You can find the location of your local Department of Social Services by calling the toll-free New York State Temporary Assistance Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.

Kevin E. Wisely