When Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast on October 29, 2012, every community in its 1,000-mile wide path suffered. High winds, rain, and storm surges destroyed or damaged more than 80,000 residences, and left 8.5 million people in the cold and dark, without power.
AmeriCares responded immediately, dispatching teams of relief workers to hard-hit areas, sending aid shipments, providing funding, and deploying a mobile medical clinic to help communities in desperate need. In the first 10 days, our large-scale disaster response provided emergency supplies that helped more than 70,000 survivors, and awarded $150,000 in funding. Our targeted recovery work will continue as long as needed.
In the months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, AmeriCares provided $5.3 million in aid, benefiting more than 450,000 people, including:
- $3.1 million in medicines and relief supplies to hard-hit communities, including first aid, 12,050 course treatments of medication including insulin and 2,742 doses of vaccine, medical supplies, enough bottled water for 75,000 people, blankets, diapers for 17,000 babies, 3,500 sleeping bags, as well as flashlights, first-aid kits, personal hygiene and relief supplies to support the work of clinics and shelters serving the ill, injured, powerless and displaced.
- $2.2 million in funding to organizations, including a $250,000 grant to Long Beach Medical Center to care for poor and uninsured patients in the hard-hit Long Island community, grants to the World Cares Center for programs to provide emergency warmth and disaster cleanup for survivors in Staten Island and Far Rockaway, grants for mental health counseling for storm-affected children in Staten Island, Brooklyn and New Jersey, a grant and medical aid to help Breezy Point emergency services, and a grant to help elderly and disabled survivors stranded in high-rise buildings in Coney Island.
- Mobile medical clinic: AmeriCares mobile medical clinic parked outside damaged clinics in four New York locations in the Bronx, Rockaway, Queens, and Staten Island allowing the clinics to serve patients for a total of 95 days until power was restored or repairs made.
We also helped residents in hard-hit areas by subsidizing care for the uninsured, providing transportation to health centers, holding health fairs and funding clinics so their doors remained open.
As families continue to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, AmeriCares will continue our recovery effort as long as needed, focusing on:
AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery teams have been working nonstop with clinics, shelters, and partners to deliver aid and emergency grants to ease the suffering of families in need throughout the tri-state area.
Stamford, Conn. – May 2, 2013 – Twenty Sandy-damaged homes in Connecticut and New York are slated to get much-needed repairs from AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program.
Stamford, Conn. – April 29, 2013 – AmeriCares delivered $4.5 million in grants and donated relief supplies to help more than 400,000 storm victims recover from Hurricane Sandy, according to a new report from the global health and disaster relief organization. The six-month report, published today on americares.org, details the progress of AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
AmeriCares is providing grant funding for modular ramps to help disabled New Jersey residents return to Sandy-damaged homes.
Counseling for storm victims is a key component of AmeriCares Sandy relief program. Six months after the hurricane, we have awarded more than $600,000 in funding to meet the mental health needs of New York and New Jersey residents.
Stamford, Conn. – April 24, 2013 – AmeriCares and the YMCA of Greater New York have launched a counseling program for children at risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Stamford, Conn. – April 11, 2013 – Unilever employees from the company’s Trumbull Research and Development Center recently assembled family emergency kits for U.S. disaster survivors at AmeriCares Stamford, Conn., headquarters. The kits will be pre-positioned in the aid organization’s warehouse for distribution to U.S. families displaced by tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe storms.
Stamford, Conn. – April 2, 2013 – AmeriCares is funding modular ramps to help disabled New Jersey residents return to Sandy-damaged homes. Portlight Strategies, Inc. of Charleston, S.C., a nonprofit organization assisting the disabled, has been awarded a $37,000 grant to remove damaged wheelchair ramps outside Sandy victims’ homes and replace them with temporary aluminum ramps.