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Hurricane Sandy Recovery

  • Renovations and Asbestos

    Following a natural disaster, homeowners may need to quickly conduct emergency renovations or demolition of their homes. Many homes, particularly older homes, may contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. Asbestos that has been disturbed may pose a health hazard to homeowners, contractors or volunteers aiding with disaster recovery. Learn to recognize potential problems and stay safe.

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HHS Hurricane Sandy Funding | Mental Health Resources | Mold and Respiratory Issues | Mold Remediation | Lead and Asbestos | Household Hazardous Waste | Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus | Worker Safety | Find Resources in your State

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Activities

Mental Health Resources

When disaster strikes, often people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With support from community and family, most of us bounce back. However, some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties. If you are experiencing emotional distress due to the storm, call the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).


Mold and Respiratory Issues

​Mold Remediation

Lead and Asbestos


Household Hazardous Waste



Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Worker Safety

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Recover and Become More Resilient

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  • This page last reviewed: March 07, 2018