Hurricane Sandy Update
November 5, 2012 -- Almost one-third of the IAFF's affiliates and members are
located in the path of Hurricane Sandy, and thousands of IAFF members were on the
frontlines working to save lives, continuing with rescue efforts and fighting
significant storm-related fires even while many suffered personal losses at
The IAFF remains in communication with IAFF District Vice Presidents and state
and affiliate leaders, whose members are affected by Hurricane Sandy. The IAFF has received reports of major flooding, wind, water, snow damage, major and
widespread losses from power issues and fire damage from this hurricane and
super storm. With so many members in the path of the storm, the IAFF expects to
hear of more losses and will need to provide significant relief through the
IAFF Charitable Foundation. The
IAFF will continue to assess members’ needs and provide updates.
DONATIONS to the Charitable Foundation
Disaster Relief Fund, which provides disaster relief to our
members who suffered losses, can be made
IAFF Disaster Relief Fund
The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund, established under the
IAFF Charitable Foundation,
provides assistance to IAFF members who suffer financial hardship during such
disasters. The IAFF Charitable Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) and provides critical
support to emergency responders who put their lives on the line to keep their
communities safe and secure. Donations to the Charitable Foundation, which can
be directed to Disaster Relief, can be made
IAFF Disaster Relief Program and Eligibility
The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund, through the
IAFF Foundation, can provide financial assistance to IAFF members who suffer
hardship following a catastrophic loss of their primary home.
IAFF Disaster Relief program grants are awarded for the purpose of providing
emergency cash for temporary expenses for IAFF members who have had a
catastrophic loss of their home and where the home is unlivable, the member is
displaced and the loss results in financial hardship. Such catastrophic loss of
the home must have occurred in a U.S. or Canadian federally-declared disaster
area or in cases of natural or man-made disasters - including floods,
hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, landslides, fires, drought or civil
disturbances as determined by the IAFF General President. The member must reside
in and their primary residence must be in the area which has been declared such
Upon receipt of the completed application and after verification of the member’s
eligibility and need, the IAFF will issue a check or an electronic transfer
which will be disbursed in the most direct and expeditious manner, taking into
account the instructions of the individual member and the IAFF local president.
A member is only eligible for assistance if he or she is had a catastrophic
loss of their home that makes the dwelling unlivable. The member must
provide evidence of home destruction (e.g. picture) and evidence that he/she was
displaced from his or her home. Any disbursement from the fund shall only be
made to current IAFF members suffering a catastrophic loss with resulting
financial hardship following such a disaster and shall not be granted to cover
costs to perform building or property repairs, renovation or construction.
Disbursements shall only be granted for immediate housing, food, medical
supplies and services, clothing and other similar disaster relief. The maximum
amount of any grant shall be $500 for any single disaster occurrence. Disaster
Relief Funds are for immediate housing, food, medical supplies and services,
clothing or other similar disaster relief. Funds are NOT awarded for property
repairs, renovation or construction. Funds are also NOT for replacement of food
after loss of power NOR are funds awarded to members who were required to
evacuate their homes prior or during the disaster but where catastrophic damage
did not occur. Multiple awards to IAFF members residing in the same
household which exceed the above-mentioned dollar limitations shall not be
granted. For example, if both the husband and wife are IAFF members, they are
only collectively eligible to receive a grant of up to $500 for a single
Recognizing the widespread power outages and the
difficulty in reaching your local union president, the IAFF General President
has streamlined the process for our affected members, as he has done in other
major disasters. Members can now send their application directly to the IAFF
and we have waved the time period for submitting disaster relief applications to
the IAFF. . When the
Disaster Relief Fund application form is submitted directly to the
IAFF, we will contact the member’s local for verification.
All applications for disaster relief grants shall be sent to the IAFF District
Vice President where the disaster occurred or directly to:
IAFF Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Division of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
This form, as well as supporting documentation (e.g., pictures), can be sent via
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or faxed to (202) 737-8418.
$500 Disaster Grants Available To Help Union Plus Program Participants Impacted
By Hurricane Sandy
Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help eligible
participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs who
are facing financial hardship due to the disaster. The money does not have to be
repaid. Funds are limited to the nearly $370,000 available in the Union Plus
Disaster Relief Fund.
To qualify for a Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant, you must:
1. Have been a victim of the severe weather in counties designated by FEMA as
qualifying for individual assistance. Check UnionPlus.org/Sandy
CONNECTICUT: Fairfield County, Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation, Middlesex
County, New Haven County and New London County.
NEW JERSEY: Atlantic County, Bergen County, Cape May County, Essex County,
Hudson County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Somerset County
and Union County.
NEW YORK: Bronx County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Queens
County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.
2. Have experienced a significant loss of income or property within the last six
months due to the disaster.
3. Have had a Union Plus Credit Card, Union Plus Insurance policy or Union Plus
Mortgage for at least 12 months with the account or policy in good standing
(up-to-date on payments).
4. Describe his or her circumstances and document the income or property loss.
To apply for a disaster relief grant, union members who participate in any of
the following programs can call:
• Union Plus Credit Card: 1-877-761-5028
• Union Plus Insurance: 1-800-472-2005
• Union Plus Mortgage: 1-800-472-2005
Credit card holders are also eligible for Union Plus grants that help union
members who lose their job, are recently disabled, face high hospital bills or
are forced to go on strike.
Union Plus Credit Card holders are encouraged to contact Capital One, the new
Union Plus Credit Card issuer, at 1-877-761-5028, for additional assistance.
Capital One has programs in place to help customers who are experiencing
difficulties due to the storm.
Union Plus Mortgage holders, including anyone who is in the process of receiving
a new Union Plus mortgage, are encouraged to contact Chase, who provides Union
Plus Mortgages, at 1-888-356-0023 or tweet @ChaseSupport, for additional
assistance and information.
For more information about the Union Plus disaster benefits, visit
Presidential Disaster Declarations from Hurricane Sandy
The following are Hurricane Sandy Emergency Declarations issued by President
Obama as of October 30, 2012, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA). The IAFF expects additional states to be declared a disaster as well due
to the damage caused by this hurricane and storm. For disaster information in
go to the Canadian Hurricane
Centre or to the Environment Canada
District 1 and District 16
New Jersey Hurricane Sandy
New York Hurricane Sandy
District 3 and District 16
Connecticut Hurricane Sandy
Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy
• New Hampshire Hurricane
Rhode Island Hurricane Sandy
District 4 and District 16
Delaware Hurricane Sandy
District of Columbia Hurricane
• Maryland Hurricane Sandy
Pennsylvania Hurricane Sandy
Virginia Hurricane Sandy
West Virginia Hurricane Sandy
The respective links for each of the above states provide a summary of key
federal disaster aid programs that will now be made available as needed and
warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for
these states. Assistance for the affected state and local governments can
include, as required:
• FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency
measures, authorized under Title V of the
Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and
safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated
• FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B),
including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75
percent federal funding.
The site for each state also includes additional FEMA resources related to this
hurricane and disaster relief.