Hurricane Sandy: Get Help, Donate, Volunteer, Be A Friend... Here's How...

National Guard troops at Madison Square Park

National Guard, Madison Square Park, New York, November 2, 2012; Photo copyright Michele Leight, 2012

Michele Leight, for www.thecityreview.com, 2012

GET HELP/ASSISTANCE IN MANHATTEN, THE BRONX, BROOKLYN, QUEENS, STATEN ISLAND & LONG ISLAND

Information for other areas affected by Hurricane Sandy will be posted soon

The following counties are eligible for direct federal assistance: Bronx County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County and Suffolk County

New York Office of the Governor Andrew Cuomo: http//: www.governor.ny.gov

Office of New York City Mayor, Mayor Bloomberg: www.nyc.gov/mayor or NYC Mayor's Office on Twitter https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice

You can register for FEMA assistance by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) or visiting http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov from a smartphone or Web-enabled device). There is no fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance or to receive it.

To find a warm shelter TEXT "Shelter" and zipcode to 43362 (4FEMA)...(Example Shelter 01234)

Text a question to 311: TEXT 311-692 for information about shelters & distribution sites/visit nyc.gov/311.org/or Call 311

DONATE MONEY AND "IN-KIND" DONATIONS

Please visit www.nycservice.org to donate money, volunteer, offer goods or services,

DONATE MONEY: The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City: https://www.nyc.gov/html/fund/html/donate.shtml

DONATE MONEY TO A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION OF YOUR CHOICE INVOLVED IN RELIEF EFFORTS (SERVING ALL STATES AND AREAS AFFECTED BY SANDY) AT: https://www.Aidmatrixnetwork.org/CashDonations/Default2.aspx?ST=NewYorkCity#. Many great charities are listed on this site

DONATE GOODS IN LARGE VOLUME (IF YOU ARE A COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION), to OEM (Office Of Emergency Management, New York): http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema/states/aspx?ST=NewYorkCity

IN KIND DONATIONS (CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL, SHELTER, TRANSPORTATION, FOOD, PLUMBING, HEAVY TOOLS, MEDICAL, CLEANING SUPPLIES ETC: http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema/PublicPortal/ListOf Needs.aspx?PortalID=114

 

DONATE & VOLUNTEER TO THE RED CROSS

To donate funds: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations (click on Hurricane Sandy) or CALL 1-800-733-2767 or TEXT the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Find your local Red Cross chapter: http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter

To find out how to volunteer please visit http://nyredcross.org/?nd=news_room_detail&news_id=606jid=63321 and http://www.redcross.org/support (giving blood, fundraising, donating airmiles, sponsor an event, credit card rewards

Blood supplies are running low. To donate blood visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for an appointment

If you need help CALL 1-877-733-2767

The (New York chapter of) The Red Cross is located at 520 West 49th Street, 10019

Red Cross truck in Lower Manhattan

Disaster Relief Vehicles During Blackout in Downtown Manhattan; Photo copyright Michele Leight, 2012

DONATE TO THE SALVATION ARMY/GET SHELTER/MEALS

Visit http://www.Salvationarmyusa.org to donate of get assistance or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or TEXT $10 to the SA via your phone bill by texting the word STORM to 80888. Confirm your donation with the word "YES."

Checks can be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, and mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Designate "2012 Hurricane Season" on checks

VOLUNTEER

Sign up to volunteer going door to door at hardest hit areas of the storm at: http://action.unitedwaynyc.org/page/s/sandy-volunteer-interest-form

El Puente needs volunteers to sort and box donations in the Rockaways: Email: stbernadetteconvent@gmail.com

More volunteers are needed at Miller Field, New Dorp, Staten Island

Volunteers are needed to pass out food in the Rockaways at American Legion Hall, 209 Cross Bay Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693

For a list of Food and Water Distribution centers (with addresses/locations) visit: http://www.google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy-nyc

Volunteer thru NYCCAH to support community soup kitchens and food pantry serving New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. Contact NYCCAH Volunteer Coordination at 212-825-0028 ext: 211 to sign up.

Volunteer at The Red Hook Initiative: http://rhicenter.org/index.html

Get involved in NYC CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) at OEM, New York City's Office of Emergency Management. CERT volunteers are trained to support the efforts of first responders: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/get_prepared/cert.shtml

Volunteer to clean up and restore parks in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island at http://www.nycservice.org

 

BE GOOD TO FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND STRANGERS DISPLACED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Man folding blanket he had used to sleep on

Downtown Manhattan During Blackout: A Displaced Young Man Folds A Blanket He Had Slept On Overnight; Photo copyright Michele Leight, 2012

Family, friends, colleagues and strangers displaced by Sandy will be grateful for a hot meal, shower, heat, or a bed or sofa if you can offer it. Some people - including students - are from other parts of the country or overseas and do not have family to stay with.

More information will follow, including access numbers and websites for other areas affected by Hurricane Sandy

Michele Leight for thecityreview.com

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