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 and emergency preparedness work continues with survivors and their communities.
Since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, AmeriCares has provided more than $7.1 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.
After Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, AmeriCares created pathways to health and opportunity for survivors struggling to put their lives back together. Even as the physical effects of the storm disappeared from the landscape, we worked alongside community partners to meet long term recovery needs and strengthen emergency readiness to be better prepared in the face of future crises. We set four goals for our response and recovery and we focused our work around them:
- Meeting immediate needs.
Beginning immediately after the storm, AmeriCares distributed more than 3 million relief supplies to help survivors living in public shelters or in damaged homes without power. We also supplied critical medicines and other community support services.
- Restoring access to health services.
For 95 days after the storm, the AmeriCares mobile medical clinic served as a back-up exam room for clinics throughout New York that were damaged by wind and water, restoring access to health services for thousands of Sandy survivors. We also supported health care for the uninsured, helped heath facilities remain open and provided flu and tetanus vaccines.
- Addressing long-term health needs, with particular focus on mental health Counseling to help survivors cope with trauma and loss.
Mental health services are often one of the most significant unmet needs after large disasters, especially the mental health of children. We committed $1.4 million to provide counseling and case management services, connecting more than 5,000 vulnerable survivors with resources and mental health services needed to support recovery.
- Helping communities prepare for future disasters.
An estimated 15,000 people are less vulnerable to health care disruptions in future emergencies, thanks to our support for emergency planning and coaching at their local health facilities – a new program, which continued through 2015.
- Meeting immediate needs.
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.
To help meet crucial needs gaps in health care access, mental health services and housing, AmeriCares has awarded over $625,000 in new funding to support programs for survivors in disaster-stricken communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 – Fresh off her record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad today announced a 48-hour continuous "Swim for Relief” to take place in New York City’s Herald Square on Oct. 8 ‒ 10, 2013 in support of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 10, 2013 – A new training program is teaching pediatricians to identify mental health issues in children affected by Hurricane Sandy. Participants receive instruction in how to recognize the signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health issues in young patients.
“Daddy’s Home” co-creator, Tony Rubino grew up in New Jersey and now lives in New York City where he witnessed the Hurricane’s devastation.
Stamford, Conn. – July 2, 2013 – AmeriCares has awarded $200,000 in grants to help elderly, disabled and low-income New Jersey residents recover from Hurricane Sandy.
AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery team continues working 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.