I usually start this column by talking about the news that caught my eye today.
However, it’s hard for many folk here in the Northeast to see anything but bad weather.
Hurricane Sandy is more than a week behind us, but many people will feel its effects for a long time.
Our thoughts go out to those impacted by the storm; we hope the following links help with some of the challenges you may be facing.
- Federal student loan borrowers in affected areas may be eligible for options to make repayment easier. Refer to Federal Student Aid’s disaster relief website, as well as this comprehensive Q&A from our parent organization, American Student Assistance, to learn more.
- One criteria for student loan disaster relief is that you must live in a county designated for individual assistance by the president of the United States. You can see if your county qualifies by visiting the FEMA website.
- The storm was tough on auto dealers, with an estimated 250,000 vehicles destroyed (check out that link for details on financial relief for auto consumers, including deferred payments). If your car was damaged, Kiplinger offers 8 steps to help get your hurricane claim paid quickly.
- Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared a public health emergency for New York. If you need information on protecting your health, visit the Public Health Emergency website.
- Many times, the personal trauma from such a disaster isn’t necessarily physical. Llyod I. Sederer, the medical director at the New York State Office of Mental Health, outlines what to do if you (or a loved one) are dealing with post-disaster disorders like depression or anxiety.
- This blog talks a lot about saving money—and Time reminds us that natural disasters show the necessity of having an emergency fund. However, donating money (or even your time) to hurricane relief is a great cause. NJ.com outlines different donation and volunteering opportunities you can take advantage of. (Just be sure to watch out for scams.)
This list isn’t comprehensive, so let’s turn it over to you. Have a great resource to help in this time of need? Please share it in the comments.