Response continues for families in struggling communities
In the first three months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, AmeriCares has provided $3.25 million in aid, benefiting an estimated 378,000 people struggling to recover.
Our emergency response team continues to work to ease the suffering of victims in hard-hit areas of New York and New Jersey, with:
•Nearly $2 million in medicines and relief supplies to hard-hit communities, including first aid, 10,404 course treatments of medication including insulin and 2,640 doses of vaccine, medical supplies, enough bottled water for 55,000 people, blankets, diapers for 8,000 babies, 3,500 sleeping bags, flashlights, first-aid kits, and more than 1 million individual personal hygiene and relief supplies to support the work of clinics and shelters serving the ill, injured, powerless and displaced—aid that will benefit more than 220,000 people.
•$1.28 million in funding to organizations to help up to 158,000 people in need. This includes 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 services for storm-affected children in Brooklyn and New Jersey, a grant and medical aid to help Breezy Point emergency services, a grant to help elderly and disabled survivors stranded in high-rise buildings in Coney Island, and flash grants to help community organizations supply needed relief items and clean-up crews to Staten Island.
•Mobile medical clinic: On December 19, our clinic re-deployed to Rockaway, Queens, and will remain there to help the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center deliver care to families in need. On December 3-16, our clinic was stationed at Long Beach Hospital in Long Beach, Long Island. From November 1-6, the clinic operated in three locations in Staten Island, where dozens of patients received primary care, tetanus and flu vaccines.
•Community Health Fair: On January 9, we co-sponsored Community Health Fair at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center in the Rockaways, providing free flu shots, dental care, blood pressure screenings, diabetic screenings, and information on post-disaster health and safety needs to help hundreds of people in the community.
•To brighten the Christmas holiday, we held a Christmas Eve dinner for residents and holiday party complete with toys for the children at Conover House in Brooklyn affected by HIV/AIDS
•On Thanksgiving, a turkey dinner for 500 was served at a Nassau County shelter operated by the American Red Cross.
“We will stay until these communities recover,” says Garrett Ingoglia, vice president of emergency response at AmeriCares. “Our grants will help health centers restore services, provide care to survivors and rebuild stronger so they are prepared for future storms.”
In devastated Atlantic City, our teams delivered essential personal hygiene items and 570 course treatments of assorted medicines and vaccines for survivors still displaced by the storm. We’ve delivered 50 special needs cots, a dozen wheelchairs, a refrigerator to store insulin for diabetic patients, and more than 1,400 pounds of first aid supplies and over-the-counter medicines to the Nassau Community College shelter in Long Island.
Learn more about our large-scale Hurricane Sandy response here.
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