Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation

During the earthquake:
1.Do not panic, keep calm.
2.Douse all fires.
3.If the earthquake catches you indoors, stay indoors. Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture. Stay away from glass, or loose hanging objects.
4.If you are outside, move away from buildings, steep slopes and utility wires.
5.If you are in a crowded place, do not rush for cover or to doorways.
6.If you are in a moving vehicle, stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
7.If you are in a lift, get out of the lift as quickly as possible.
8.If you are in a tunnel, move out of the tunnel to the open as quickly as safety permits.

After the earthquake:
1.Check for casualties and seek assistance if needed.
2.If you suspect a gas leak, open windows and shut off the main valve. Leave the building and report the gas leaks. Do not light a fire or use the telephone at the site.
3.Turn off the main valve if water supply is damaged.
4.Do not use the telephone except to report an emergency or to obtain assistance.
5.Stay out of severely damaged buildings as aftershocks may cause them to collapse. Report any building damage to the authorities.
6.As a precaution against tsunamis, stay away from shores, beaches and low-lying coastal areas.  If you are there, move inland or to higher grounds.  The upper floors of high, multi-storey, reinforced concrete building can provide safe refuge if there is no time to quickly move inland or to higher grounds.TIP

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The HOT 97 Family and the Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation would like to thank all its sponsors for contributing to families affected by Hurricane Sandy. 



HOT 97 Message from the Foundation:

HOT 97's Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation will provide #SANDY Relief supplies to our listeners in the Lower East Side, Far Rockaway, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Staten Island, Lynbrook & Freeport. We are moving as fast as possible to provide blankets, clothing, HD Radios and essential health products to the community. Special thanks to Ibiquity HD Radio, Rocawear Clothing, Swizz Beats Reebok, TrukFit Clothing, Young and Reckless Clothing and our listeners for supporting Summer Jam. A portion of Summer Jam ticket sales goes to the Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation for disaster relief and annual programs. These funds allowed us to quickly mobilize our Street Soldiers for #Sandy relief.

Please assist us in helping those in need.
Here's what they most need now:

Battery powered radios
Battery powered clock radios
New Blankets

(Sorry but we cannot accept used clothing.)
New Sweatshirts/Hoodies
New Fleece Jackets
New Coats - men, women + children
New Gloves
New Scarves
New Socks
New all-weather boots - men, women and children

School supplies

Paper Towels
Plastic garbage bags
Bathroom tissue
Personal hygiene-hand sanitizer, soap, toohpaste + toothbrushes, deodorant, moisturizing lotion, feminine products
Household cleaning products
Rubber cleaning gloves
Baby diapers and baby wipes

Anything non-perishable
Breakfast Bars
Protein bars
Canned spaghetti
Canned tuna
Canned meats
Canned vegetables
Juice boxes

Pre-pack individual food and toiletry bags and we will deliver door to door to the people who cannot get to the site.

To help with the cleanup


Drop off supplies at the Sansone Auto Mall Hurricane Relief Drop Off point, located on Route 1 in Woodbridge.
90-100 US Highway 1 North
Avenel, NJ 07001



A Message from The Original Soup Man

The Original Soupman Locations
Hoboken, NJ | Jersey City, NJ | Staten Island, NY | Coney Island | Far Rockaway | Jersey Shore 
The Original SoupMan, the soups that inspired the "No Soup for You!" Seinfeld episode, is based in Staten Island and is making its own daily contribution to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by serving free, hot bowls of soup to anyone in need from The Original SoupMan SoupTruck. As the weather gets colder, the need will grow. They've served between 400-500 bowls of soup to those in need daily.

To help them continue to serve our neighbors with free bowls of hot soup, we need your help.

The Original SoupMan has launched a fundraising campaign through Al's Feed The Hungry Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization launched by The Original SoupMan in 2005. Al's Feed The Hungry Foundation donates funds and soup to local hunger charities, including soup kitchens and food pantries. Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Reggie Jackson, an equity partner in The Original SoupMan and long-time brand ambassador, serves as chairman of Al's Feed The Hungry Foundation. "Al" is Al Yeganeh, THE Original SoupMan, whose strict ordering rules were parodied on Seinfeld.

A $10 donation will helps feed approximately 15 people.

People can donate whatever they can afford by visiting http://originalsoupman.com/good-deeds. Donations are accepted via credit card or PayPal accounts.

We greatly appreciate your support in helping us spread the word. And we are awed by the strength and resiliency of our neighbors.


Hurricane Sandy Recovery Updates

Hurricane Updates:

*Radioshack Emergency Supplies Available in your area: click here

*American Red Cross Shelter Locater: click here

NYC Continues Recovery From Sandy

The City is working to help New Yorkers recover from Sandy. Shelters will remain open until residents can safely return to their homes.
Trouble viewing this site?

The Hurricane Sandy public shelter system has consolidated. Get the updated list.

Get the list of locations where prepared food is available 

Warming centers are open for residents needing relief from cold temperatures.
Go to the list of overnight shelters
Go to the list of daytime warming shelters 

Federal Disaster Assistance
Anyone affected by Sandy (homeowners, renters, and businesses) can apply for federal disaster assistance. Register at disasterassistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) Before you call, be sure to have the following information ready:

  • Address of affected property
  • Insurance information
  • Social Security number

Locate a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. Disaster Recovery Centers are facilities where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to their cases.

City Disaster Assistance
The City of New York Restoration Centers are now open. Learn more.

NYC Rapid Repairs
NYC Rapid Repairs is a program to make your home safe for return. The City is working with contractors to assess damage to your home from Hurricane Sandy and make the necessary repairs so that you and your family can safely return home. NYC Rapid Repairs is a program for property owners.
Learn more about NYC Rapid Repairs.
Register for NYC Rapid Repairs.

Gas Shortage
Mayor Bloomberg has signed an emergency order to establish an odd-even license plate system for gasoline and diesel purchases to reduce wait times and lines at gas stations in the five boroughs. The odd-even system went into effect Friday, November 9. Read more

Visit coned.com for the latest on the restoration efforts. To report a loss of electric service, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (26633) or online at ConEd.com.

For LIPA customers:
Learn more about restoring electrical service to your home

For Con Ed customers:
Self-certification form for your electrician

Temporary Housing
Air BNB, an online service that connects people seeking temporary housing with those who have unused space, has launched a new platform to link New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy to New Yorkers who want to offer places to stay. Air BNB is providing with service at no fee, and information is available at airbnb.com/sandy.


Garbage & Recycling Collection
The Department of Sanitation will continue to clean up debris from Hurricane Sandy. Learn more.


  • Beginning November 12, the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel will open to buses only, during specific time frames. Manhattan-bound bus travel will be permitted from 6 am to 10 am, and Brooklyn-bound bus travel will be permitted from 3 pm to 7 pm. The tunnel is not currently open to private vehicles. Learn more.
  • The Queens Midtown Tunnel is now open, but no trucks are allowed until further notice.
  • The Holland Tunnel is open for normal traffic operations in both directions. Autos, buses, and 2- and 3-axle trucks are allowed. No tractor trailers allowed. Get the details.
  • The Cross Bay Bridge may be subject to periodic closures into the Rockaways for emergency vehicles and equipment. Learn more.
  • For the latest subway, LIRR, and Metro-North information, visit www.mta.info.
  • Alternate Side Parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended on Tuesday, November 13 for observance of Diwali. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.
  • For the latest on NJ Transit service, visit the NJ Transit website. Learn more.
  • Get the latest on PATH service. Learn more.
  • Seastreak will operate a temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan effective Monday, November 12. One-way fares will be $2.00. Learn more.


  • Visit the Department of Education website for details about school openings and relocations. Please check back as information is continuously being updated. Learn more.
  • For more information, visit the Department of Education website.

Business Recovery Information
New York City, including the 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. For more information, please call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions. Learn more.


Visit the Parks website to learn the status of New York City's parks, playgrounds, and beaches.

Donations & Volunteering

In order to qualify for disaster relief assistance, New York City must estimate the storm's total effect on city residents and employees. Be prepared to answer questions about the extent of your property's damage. You may call 311 to report downed trees.
Learn how to report damage to your home or business sustained from Sandy
Report downed trees online

What happens after the storm?
Learn about re-occupancy of buildings in Zone A (in PDF)
Get answers to your storm cleanup questions (in PDF)
Learn post-storm safety tips (in PDF)
Pumping water in NYC


MTA Alerts




NYC Office of Emergency Management

NY State Emergency Management Agency


NY State Emergency Management Agency
www.fema.gov, www.floodsmart.com

Department of Homeland Security

American Red Cross in Greater New York

National Hurricane Center/Tropical Protection Center


National Weather Service

Notify NYC- Register for emergency notifiations by visiting
www.NYC.gov/notifynyc or calling 311