Hurricane Sandy has left billions of damage in its wake, millions without power and tragically, more than 70 deaths have been attributed to the storm in the United States, alone. As with all natural disasters, compounding the human suffering, countless pets have been rendered lost and homeless and rescue organizations are overwhelmed with the task of locating, feeding and re-homing these animals.
As New Yorkers, we’re feeling the pain especially deeply as so many of those we love all along the east coast are coping with dark streets, dangerous roadways, no running water and forced separations from their loved ones. And yet those with homes to return to know they’re fortunate, since so many others have lost their homes and livelihoods entirely.
The recovery will be costly and will require a herculean effort from city, state and federal entities as well as non profit rescue organizations.
Our thoughts and hearts are with those coping in the aftermath of the storm.
For those seeking ways to help, we’ve compiled some information from two excellent sources:
Best Friends Animal Society, thanks to member support, is making funds available to help defray the extraordinary costs incurred by the companion animal rescue groups and other organizations saving and caring for pets impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Supported by generous donations from the public and corporate partners, Best Friends’ relief efforts will target animals and shelters impacted by Hurricane Sandy across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Funds also will support the transport of displaced shelter pets to Best Friends Network Partners located outside of storm-affected areas, expected to begin in the next several days. Limited fuel supplies, road closures and driving restrictions in some affected areas are complicating factors.
The North Shore Animal League is accepting donations to help in their rescue and re-homing efforts. Click HERE to read more.
Rosemary Jean Louis posted an article for Tails of the City detailing how to help animals in need.
The ASPCA is partnering with Petsmart Charities to provide emergency relief. They have set up a distribution center in Syracuse, NY. with 4,000 sheltering supplies ready to be distributed to local rescue groups in need. You can make a donation to the organization online.
The Humane Society is accepting donations via text message; text ANIMALS to 20222 to make a $10 donation to HSUS Disaster Relief Fund.
People are also using social media to reunite pets with their lost families. The Facebook Page Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets posts photos of missing and found pets. People are also using the #hashtag #sandypets to communicate updates on Twitter.
Jennifer Abbey of ABC News posted these resources for those seeking to donate to help human victims of the hurricane:
One way to help is by donating to the Red Cross. All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.
Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.
AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.
World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.
Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.
Samaritan’s Purse is asking for volunteers to help storm victims. To volunteer, visit their website.
The NYTimes City Room posted an article that includes a wealth of links that willing volunteers will find helpful as well as info for those seeking help.
NYC.GOV — http://www.nyc.gov/
Overnight Warm Shelters — http://on.nyc.gov/VLQknM
Daytime Warm Shelters — http://on.nyc.gov/RzFcfp
NYC Schools information — http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm
MAP of NYC Food distribution points, shelters, transit, volunteer opportunities and more — http://bit.ly/PPJQYm
Giving and Donations
United Way – http://uwsandyrecovery.org
Donations to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund can be made online at http://uwsandyrecovery.org.
A $10 donation can be made by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000. Promote the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund on Twitter using #sandyfund. Or visit unitedwaynyc.org for more information.
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City — http://on.nyc.gov/RvSgik
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is accepting financial donations from organizations and individuals to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
American Red Cross — http://rdcrss.org/VeF4VB
Brooklyn Recovery Fund — www.BrooklynRecoveryFund.org
The organizers from Occupy Wall St. and the organization 350.org have come together to mobilize thousands of volunteers around the region to help the scores of victims who have been displaced by the storm. They are calling the organized effort Occupy Sandy. http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
You can find a location to volunteer at by visiting the Occupy Sandy Relief Webpage. The Website recovers.org is also working closely with Occupy Sandy, and they have registered well over 5,000 volunteers from around the New York City area who are working on the ground, pooling resources and supplies with local churches, community centers to help communities all around New York and New Jersey.
Occupy Sandy on Facebook — http://facebook.com/OccupySandyReliefNyc
Lower East Side — https://lowereastside.recovers.org/
Astoria — https://astoria.recovers.org/
Red Hook — https://redhook.recovers.org/
Staten Island — https://statenisland.recovers.org/
The Mayor’s office is asking people to register with NYC Service, let the know how you can help and the NYC Public Advocate’s office will follow up with you by phone — http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycservice/home.html
The Office of the New York Public Advocate has been putting together helpful information for those in need of everything from food stamps to public housing to FEMA assistance. http://advocate.nyc.gov/storm.
Rebuild Staten Island — https://www.facebook.com/RebuildStatenIsland
Manhattan User’s Guide – How to Help. http://manhattanusersguide.com/
Emergency Sandy Chesed Fund — New York’s leading Jewish chesed groups have created an emergency fund to support local victims of Hurricane Sandy – http://bit.ly/YwysAz
WNYC has list of volunteer options around the city. http://wny.cc/SkRiGU
TimeOut New York also has a list of places to volunteer http://bit.ly/SDQi40
Masbia Soup Kitchen — http://www.masbia.org/ – 718-972-4446
4114 14th Avenue, Brookyln
Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious meals daily for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food
Food Bank NYC — http://www.foodbanknyc.org/
Volunteer at a Park
Volunteer with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to aid in clean up and recovery in many of the city parks and playgrounds that are in need of assistance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More info http://on.nyc.gov/Rw5f3B
The Prospect Park Alliance is focusing volunteer efforts on storm related cleanup and repair over the next several weeks, and will begin as soon as reopens — More info http://bit.ly/VeTJA6
If you need an office or have an office for displaced visit http://bit.ly/sandycowork
Communication and Technology Resources
The New York Tech Meetup community is pulling together technical help for those in need.
For small businesses, non-profits, schools, or other organizations that are in need of assistance — http://bit.ly/hurricanetechhelp
NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing volunteers with technology skills to help with relief efforts.
Register as a Volunteer — http://bit.ly/hurricanetechvolunteers
Hurricane Hackers — http://www.hurricanehackers.com/
A space for gathering & sharing information, and organizing tech+social projects related to Hurricane Sandy.