In advance of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy next week, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region plans to commemorate the anniversary through service. Red Cross volunteers will help rebuild and muck out homes and community centers, clean up parks, and teach emergency preparedness classes to hundreds of residents.
The Red Cross remains committed to helping residents affected by Sandy recover from the shattering aftermath of the storm that swept through the Greater New York Region, devastating large parts of our area and upending tens of thousands of lives. Sandy’s destruction — altered landscapes, lost homes, lives forever changed — will continue to be felt for months and years to come.
The significant damage was met with a significant response — the biggest U.S. disaster response by the American Red Cross in more than five years — supported by generous donations from people and businesses across the nation. Red Cross disaster response operations spanned 11 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The Greater New York Red Cross continues to assist residents affected by Sandy every day—through direct financial assistance addressing an array of housing needs, through grants to dozens of local organizations involved in Sandy recovery and by meeting with individuals one-on-one to help chart their paths to recovery. The Red Cross also partners with local community groups to engage volunteers in a variety of initiatives.
Partnering on the Anniversary of Sandy
Over the next week, hundreds of volunteers will join forces with a number of community-based organizations, including Rebuilding Together NYC, New York Cares, Friends of Rockaway, and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, to help rebuild and muck out still-damaged homes.
“The Red Cross is grateful to be part of this important effort to help families whose homes were devastated by Sandy and who are still in need of assistance to get back on their feet,” said Josh Lockwood, regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross. “It’s urgent that we all continue to help the most vulnerable people affected by Sandy to get back in their homes as soon as possible.”
Empowering Affected Communities to Be Better Prepared for Future Disasters
Additionally, as part of the Greater New York Red Cross ongoing community resiliency program, the weekend before the year-anniversary, the Red Cross is partnering with community groups and local houses of worship across the region—in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island—to hold free preparedness training.
At each event, Red Cross instructors will teach free one-hour emergency preparedness training classes to hundreds of participants, who will learn the necessary skills to be prepared before an emergency occurs. Attendees will receive a free emergency “Go Bag” that contains some basic emergency supplies.
Pastor Constance SanFilippo Hulla, of the Coney Island Gospel Assembly, where one of these emergency preparedness events will take place, said, “Seeing the Red Cross sends a message of hope to the community.”
Greater New York Red Cross Sandy recovery efforts will continue for months, and possibly years, to come.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.