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 more than $6.5 million in aid, benefiting more than 450,000 people, including:
- $3.5 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.
- $3.0 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:
A Hurricane Sandy survivor describes her experience swimming alongside Diana Nyad at Nyad Swim for Relief, a 48-hour swim to benefit the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program.
Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 28, 2013 – One year after Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast with its hurricane-strength winds and massive storm surges, AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program continues to meet the medical and mental health needs of survivors.
One year after Hurricane Sandy struck, AmeriCares has provided more than $6.5 million in assistance for Sandy survivors and we continue to help.
AmeriCares has worked with 16 organizations that are helping Sandy survivors with physical disabilities or impairments -- part of $3 million in Sandy recovery funding to date.
Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 24, 2013 – Proceeds from famed endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s 48-hour swim marathon will fund art therapy and health counseling for Hurricane Sandy survivors in two of New York City’s hardest hit neighborhoods.
Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 21, 2013 – An organization providing healthy meals to Sandy survivors in the Rockaways is more than doubling the number of meals served with support from AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program.
Famed long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad finished her 48-hour swim marathon in New York, raising money to help Hurricane Sandy survivors via AmeriCares Sandy recovery efforts. The Nyad Swim for Relief follows her record-breaking swim in September from Cuba to Florida.
New York, N.Y. – Oct. 10, 2013 – Famed long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad finished her 48-hour swim marathon in New York City’s Herald Square shortly before 9 a.m. this morning with fans and Hurricane Sandy survivors cheering her on.
AmeriCares has funded $1.3 million in programs to meet the mental health and case management needs of children and adult survivors of Hurricane Sandy.