Power Grid Blog
November 1, 2012 | Jennah Bedrosian
This past week has been hard for many communities across the U.S, including ours. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Living and working in or around the DC area, we know firsthand the impact the storm has had on our families, friends, and community.
Luckily, many precautions were taken to prepare for the storm, but due to the severity of the situation many were still affected. So, with emergency preparedness on the mind, we would like to share some resources.
Tips on how to prepare for a disaster:
Click here for the brochure.
ADA best practices for emergency management preparedness and shelters:
Federal guidelines for emergency shelters (shelters must make exceptions to “no pets” or “no animals” policies to allow people with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals. Service animals are not pets and are therefore not subject to restrictions applied to pets or other animals. Page 28)
Resources for those affected by Hurricane Sandy:
To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA) (Standard rates apply) or call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
List of pet-friendly shelters (all shelters must accommodate service animals):
Information on applying for disaster relief.
Register for search, safe, and well directory to find loved ones.
How to help:
Click here for other resources
Disaster assistance applicants who have a hearing or speech disability and use TTYs should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. If you do not use a TTY and are calling through any relay service or by voice, you can also access the following voice telephone number: 1-800-621-3362. These toll-free telephone numbers (provided by FEMA) will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.