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Autism Speaks Responds to Hurricane Sandy

October 30, 2012

Autism Speaks is working hard to provide information, resources, and assistance to families affected by autism who have experienced or continue to experience the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Autism Response Team

The Autism Speaks Autism Response Team is taking calls from families affected by autism and Sandy. Trained staff members (both English and Spanish speaking) are available to provide support and resources during this difficult time. Families can call the Autism Response Team at 1-888-288-4762, En Español at 888-772-9050, or email us at

Hurricane Sandy Online Support Forum

Autism Speaks Ning Community has created a support forum for people with autism and their families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Volunteers and/or autism service providers who are interested in finding opportunities to help are also invited to join. To sign up, visit the Autism Speaks Ning Community, and join the Hurricane Sandy Support Group.

Before joining the group, please review our Community Guidelines.

Additional Emergency Response Resources

American Red Cross
Find help in your area. Find an open shelter, search the safe and well listings, and read disaster recovery guides.  

Contact your Local American Red Cross

Find an Open American Red Cross Shelter

Federal Emergency Management Agency Sandy Response 
The entire federal family continues to lean forward to support the states, tribes and communities in their ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Sandy as they work to save lives.

Apply for Assistance from FEMA 
If you do not have access to a computer, you can apply for assistance via your smartphone at, or by phone by calling (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities.

Find a Disaster Recovery Center Near You 
A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case. The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator allows individuals to search for DRCs nearest to their location. DRC Locator also provides additional information about each DRC, such as hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions to the DRC.

Tips from FEMA: Coping with Disaster
The emotional toll that disaster brings can sometimes be even more devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business, or personal property. FEMA has put together a page of tips to help you and your family cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
A special section on Tips for Helping Children Cope with a Disaster:

Does Your Natural Disaster Plan Consider Kids with Autism or Other Special Needs?
by “Navigating Autism” Authors Melissa and Andrew Areffi

Crisis Counselors Concentrate on Sandy's Emotional Impact Link:
If you were impacted by Hurricane Sandy you may benefit from free crisis counseling via a helpline staffed by the Mental Health Association of NJ (MHANJ). 

Crisis counseling hotline 1-877-294-HELP (877-294-4357)

Crisis counseling available 7 days a week from 8:00 am to midnight In addition, MHANJ provides an information and referral helpline, called Mental Health Cares, which is available to everyone in NJ: 1-866-202-HELP (866-202-4357)

Available Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am o 8:00 pm

Sandy Information by State

Connecticut Hurricane Sandy
Delaware Hurricane Sandy
Maryland Hurricane Sandy
Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy
New Hampshire Hurricane Sandy
New Jersey Hurricane Sandy
(Do you live in NJ and need help with anti-seizure medicine reimbursement as a result of the hurricane? Call Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey at 1-800-336-5843)
New York Hurricane Sandy
Federal, State and Local Resources for NY and NJ
Pennsylvania Hurricane Sandy
Rhode Island Hurricane Sandy
Virginia Hurricane Sandy
Washington D.C. Hurricane Sandy
West Virginia Hurricane Sandy

For additional information please call the Autism Response Team at 1-888-Autism2 (288-4762), En Español at 888-772-9050, or email