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Small Businesses Damaged by Sandy?

If your business or personal belongings or both suffered damages due to Hurricane Sandy first, my heart goes out to you.  I only lost electric and heat and hot water for about 8 days and compared to others it was merely a major annoyance.  A friend on Staten Island who is a florist, lost two cars and had his shop completely flooded out.  He so far has received a standard (I’m told) check from FEMA for $2,400 which, he tells me, barely makes a dent in his damage expenses.  He’s still arguing with his insurance company about his claims. I expect that, unfortunately that may be the case for many people.

Below is a list of hopefully helpful resources.  The NYC.GOV/311 gives a 360 on what’s happening and what’s available.  Below that are key contacts that should be helpful.  And lastly, are two links specifically related to insurance issues due to the storm.

For general information the site below is a general city website that offers a lot of valuable information.

All open 7 days 8am-8 pm

NYC Restoration centers
Bronx  / Throgs Neck — St. Francis Ze Chantal  190 Hollywood Avenue, 10465  (Mon-Fri only 8 am -8pm)
Red Hook office – Coffey Park 85 Richards St. Bklyn 11231
Gravesend – SSA Building 10 Bouck Ct. 11223
Fort Tilden – 415 State Street, Across from St. Geniveves Church, Queens 11697
Far Rockaway – 10-01 Beach 20th St., 11691
Arverne – Shorefront B & C, 6820 Rockaway Beach Blvd, 11692
Staten Island – 1976 Hyland Blvd. 10306

FEMA Recovery Support
1-800-621 FEMA (3362)

Nassau County OEM

American Red Cross


The link below describes the insurance issues around damages due to the hurricane.  It seems insurance deductibles won’t have to be paid – read more…  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-homeowners-save-storm-related-insurance-cost-article-1.1195254

For people who have been flooded most are not covered by general insurance. However, there might be options…this link is put out by lawyers who are representing people who were flooded.  http://www.napolibern.com/Injury-News-Blog/2012/November/Superstorm-Sandy-Flood-Damage-Not-Covered-by-Hom.aspx



Sandra Holtzman teaches CEO 035: Licensing.
She is the author of Lies Startups Tell Themselves to Avoid Marketing.

Hurricane Relief

The college is currently assessing the needs of our community and identifying efforts specific to FIT. As these initiatives are being developed, some activities are currently underway.

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Canned Food Drive
Sponsored by Food Bank for New York City
Drop-off Locations:

  • The Center, Dubinsky 7th Floor
  • UCE Office, Business & Liberal Arts Center, 9th Floor
  • Lobbies in Pomerantz, Feldman, and Dubinsky

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Blood Drive
Sponsored New York City Blood Center
Thursday, November 15, 10 am to 7 pm
Great Hall, Conference Center

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Sponsored by the Red Cross
Text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation


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Volunteer Opportunities
Contact FIT’s Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS) Office at (212) 217-4130 or [email protected]to learn more about ways to volunteer with the following organizations:

Visit FITNYC.EDU/HURRICANERELIEF for more information and updates.


Volunteering Can Be Good for Business

The holiday season isn’t the only time to think of giving back. In these hard pressed financial times, it may be easier to give of your time than to make a cash donation. Have you considered being a volunteer? For those of you thinking, what’s in it for me? I have one word for you plenty!

Where do you find volunteer opportunities? A good place to start is the website volunteermatch.org. By putting in a location (NY, NY) and trying out a few different key words such as fashion, sewing, retail business, small business and the word intern, numerous volunteer opportunities were displayed around the NYC area. These included working in public relations, IT, media/communications, event planning and web development/web design. These opportunities appeared at a myriad of organizations including the Japan Society, Dress for Success, the Police Museum and the International Hostels.

Remember the question, what’s in it for me? Being a volunteer can help to answer one of the most common questions I hear from my students. How do I get a job as an intern? It’s a great way to gain experience and lead to a paying job in the future. (Sometimes where you were a volunteer.) And, living in the NY area, the second most common question I hear from people I know… how do I meet people? You get to spend time with like-minded individuals giving of their time for a cause or organization that means something to them. It’s one of the best ways to network and meet people that I know.

Jill Youngerman teaches CEO 008: Marketing Techniques for Promoting Your Business.