Many communities are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, including power outages and flooding.

The importance of listening to instructions and safety information from your local officials and FEMA cannot be understated.

Federal response teams are already providing assistance to affected communities. SBA is closely coordinating with our federal partners to share information in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

For the latest on the Federal government's response to Sandy, you can read FEMA's blog or follow updates on Twitter.

If you need emergency shelter, you can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, or check your local media outlets.

You should also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies.

Finally, you can download the FEMA smartphone app or text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard rates apply

If you're not in an affected area, please consider donating blood, because numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SBA plays an important role in disaster recovery efforts for businesses and homeowners.

As disaster assessments and declarations are made, various SBA disaster recovery loan programs become available to eligible applicants. We will continue to highlight these programs as communities turn to longer-term recovery efforts.

For more information about SBA's disaster assistance programs, visit www.sba.gov/disaster or call our disaster assistance center at 1-800-659-2955.

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