By Andrea Plaid
I think this picture, brought to my personal TumblR dashboard by @so-treu, encapsulates all the feels about President Obama’s re-election amidst Superstorm Sandy and Winter Storm Athena:
Raena Lamont, 3, wears a Captain America costume at a polling center Tuesday in Staten Island, New York. The polling station doubles as a donation site as Staten Island works to recover in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Via CNN.com
See who and what else is bringing all the feels on the R’s Tumblr!
Here’s a look at more resources for helping the victims of Sandy, both in the U.S. and abroad:
- Operation USA is taking donations online, by phone (800.678.7255) or via $10 text donation (text AID to 50555), with its efforts focusing on Cuba and Haiti.
- ReliefWeb reported that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched preliminary emergency appeals for donations to help victims in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica.
- In the U.S. roups like Interoccupy and Occupy The Hood are updating their efforts and volunteer and donation needs regularly.
- The Occupy Sandy Relief NYC group posted this list of items requested by the Coney Island Generation Gap, a youth mentorship group:
Clorox cleaner (for molding)
Face masks for cleaning
Plastic gloves for cleaning
Plastic gloves for serving food
Styrofoam food containers with lids
- The group also said volunteers are needed to help local senior citizens clean up their homes and get them to voting locations on Nov. 6.
- Speaking of Election Day, Gothamist has a list here of 60 voting sites in New York City that have been moved. Residents’ voter information can also be checked at this Board of Elections website or by phone at 1.866.VOTE.NYC (866.8683.692).
- The Ali Forney Center, which provides shelter for homeless LGBT youths, is asking for donations after its’ drop-in center in Chelsea was rendered “uninhabitable” by the storm.
- The Red Hook Initiative in Brooklyn has posted an extensive list of supplies needed, and has information on where and how to donate food and volunteer services.
- CBS New York also has this roundup of American Red Cross and Salvation Army chapters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
A shot looking toward Brooklyn, NY, after Superstorm Sandy’s arrival Monday night. Photo by Michael Tapp via newyorkheadshotphotographer.co, Creative Commons licensed.
The National Weather Service said Monday night that Sandy the “Frankenstorm” is officially not a hurricane anymore, but whatever its designation, the impact is still being felt.
As of Tuesday morning, millions of people in several U.S. states are without power, with at least 10 fatalities reported due to the storm. Another 66 people were killed before Sandy reached the country, including 51 in Haiti alone, where hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tents following the 2010 earthquake there.
With that in mind, we’d like to invite readers to list any resources for help on this thread, such as:
- The Red Cross has started relief efforts for both U.S. residents and the Caribbean countries affected by Sandy, and is taking donations. Red Cross shelters can be found here.
- FEMA is asking anyone looking for a shelter to text SHELTER + their zip code to 43362 to find the one closest to them.
- Google has set up a crisis map for the storm as it continues to plow through the eastern U.S., including power outage zones.
- If you or someone you know wants/needs to use Twitter — which, once again, has been a go-to information source — without having an internet connection, this is a quick guide to set yourself up.
- A group associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement has formed Occupy Sandy Relief NYC, a volunteer group to help New York City residents in need of assistance.
- AmeriCares is working with 130 partnering agencies in U.S. states affected by Sandy, and has already sent cholera treatment and prevention supplies to Haiti.
- The International Medical Corps has been working with the Haitian government to coordinate relief efforts in the wake of Sandy’s arrival there.
Again, if you have any localized efforts to recommend – or red-flag – please use this space to let everyone know. And everyone stay safe, please.
Photo by Michael Tapp, Creative Commons licensed
The Northeast Coast of the United States stands in the path of what is being called a “superstorm” by weather experts. The weather pattern, including both Hurricane Sandy and a bitter winter storm, is expected to make landfall as early as today, somewhere between the Delmarva Peninsula and Long Island. The National Hurricane Center said Sunday that this storm could cause record flooding and a “life-threatening storm surge.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas along the coast. The NYC mass-transit system shut down on Sunday, and the city’s schools will be closed on Monday. Similar evacuations and closings are taking place along the Eastern seaboard.
Below are useful resources for preparing for and tracking the storm. Take care, everyone, and share more resources in the comments.
Ready New York Hurricane Guide
Red Cross Hurricane Preparation – @RedCross
Ready by FEMA – @FEMA
The Weather Channel Family Preparedness Plan
FAA Flight Delay Information
City of New York Homepage
National Hurricane Center – @NHC_Atlantic
NOAA StormCentral – @NOAA
The Weather Channel – @weatherchannel @twc_hurricane
NYC Severe Weather – @NotifyNYC
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