Identification Number:
Intended Audience:All RCs/ARCs/ADs/FOs/TSCs/PSCs/OTS/OCO/
Originating Office:DCO OPSOS
Title:Disaster Procedures – New York Region Only – New York Limousine Crash – One-Time Instructions Only
Type:EM - Emergency Messages
Program:All Programs
Link To Reference:See References at the end of this EM.
Retention Date: April 10, 2019

A. Purpose

This Emergency Message (EM) informs you that the New York Regional Commissioner invoked our disaster procedures in New York.

B. Background

The New York Regional Commissioner has invoked SSA’s disaster procedures in response to the limousine crash that occurred in upstate New York on October 6, 2018.

There were 20 reported fatalities as a result of the crash.

C. Processing Instructions for field office employees

To process survivor claims through normal procedures follow Processing Claims and Payments in Disasters GN 00410.000.
For each claim, reproduce Exhibit 3, Disaster Report Form in GN 00410.050.
All claims filed as a direct result of the disaster should be identified by coding “O06(Alpha O, Zero, 6) in the last three digits of the unit code field on the DW01.
Follow your standard local procedures for the first three digits of the six-digit unit code.
For Title II claims, enter the disaster listing code “499” on the MCS DECI screen.
Forward or fax the forms on a flow basis to this address:

      Social Security Administration
      Attn: Lauren Hsu
      New York Regional Office
      Center for Disability and Program Support
      26 Federal Plaza
      Room 4060
      New York, NY 10278
      FAX: 212-264-2071

D. Obtaining and processing evidence

Follow procedures for obtaining evidence of death in GN 00410.010.
Direct all program-related and technical questions to your Regional Office (RO) support staff or Program Service Center (PSC) Operations Analyst (OA) staff.

RO support staff or PC OA staff may refer questions or problems to their Central Office contacts.


GN 00401.000 Disaster Management
GN 00410.000 Processing Claims and Payments in Disasters
GN 00410.010 Application and Evidence Procedures in Disasters
GN 00410.050 Disaster Exhibits
GN 00301.060 Emergency Evidentiary Procedures

EM-18046 - Disaster Procedures – New York Region Only – New York Limousine Crash – One-Time Instructions Only - 10/11/2018