As New Yorkers cope with the effects of Sandy 100 days after landfall, the American Red Cross continues its work across impacted communities, with an expanded emphasis on helping partner organizations serving survivors.
Although the Red Cross is still providing prepared meals in some of NYC’s hardest-hit areas, the feeding needs in many communities have evolved. More and more Sandy-affected residents are able to prepare their own meals, yet the financial strain the disaster has put on their households has forced many to turn to local food banks for help.
That’s why a plan was developed in late 2012 to increase the feeding capacity of local organizations that have expertise in providing long-term community feeding in New York. To that end, the Red Cross is providing financial support to emergency food providers such as City Harvest, Food Bank For New York City and Island Harvest. The partnerships will result in the delivery of more than 80,000 meals a day in at-need communities.
To access meals, contact:
City Harvest – (646) 412-0979
Food Bank For New York City – (212) 894-8060
Island Harvest – Nassau (516) 294-8528; Suffolk (631) 873-4775
The Red Cross is working closely with government partners on long-term recovery efforts. At the request of the federal government, the Red Cross is focusing its initial recovery assistance on an estimated 9,000 families whose houses were heavily damaged or destroyed. The Red Cross is providing resources to either repair their homes or help them move into longer-term housing.
Another big part of the Red Cross recovery effort over the next several months will be working one-on-one with families who need some extra help making recovery plans and accessing available resources. Some need help finding child care or understanding insurance paperwork. Red Cross case workers will help guide them through the recovery process.
It’s important that people in need register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362.
Mold Removal Partnership
One aftereffect of the flooding experienced during Hurricane Sandy is mold, which is widespread in affected communities. Mold removal can be difficult and costly.
At the end of January, Mayor Bloomberg announced the launch of a remediation program to remove mold in thousands of homes in areas hardest hit by Sandy. The American Red Cross has partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to fund this $15 million program.
Throughout February, a series of trainings on mold remediation for homeowners and volunteers will be held in various locations in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. For the latest information on the sessions, including locations and registration, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.
Assistance to Date
The American Red Cross response to Sandy has been the largest in five years. As of Feb. 5, the Red Cross has:
• Served more than 12 million meals and snacks;
• Provided more than 110,000 health services and emotional support contacts to people affected by Sandy who have been living in very tough conditions;
• Deployed nearly 17,000 disaster workers from across the region and from all 50 states; about 90 percent of these workers are volunteers;
• Distributed nearly 7 million relief items;
• Provided more than more than 81,000 shelter stays.
Any funds donated for Hurricane Sandy beyond what is needed for emergency relief and the initial recovery will be put to use serving the long-term needs of communities and individuals affected by this disaster.
Click here to view the Red Cross 3-month Sandy progress report.