As the recovery process changes from relief to rebuilding, there are still a lot of work to be done and the people of Long beach still need volunteers to help in the rebuilding effort. We will be organizing a volunteer group to head out to Long Beach this Saturday, January 5th, 2013.

We will be leaving from Picture Farm Studios (338 Wythe Avenue · Brooklyn, NY 11211) at 9:15AM.

We will be helping some people rebuild their homes by installing sheetrock and insulation. Some of the homes still need help with gutting and cleaning them out. We will also be sending some people around for recon and to gather information. We need people who are able-bodied and are not afraid to get dirty.

We are also looking for people with cars who can help drive people to and from Long Beach. If you think you can help with this, please email tjbreuer@gmail.com

Check List for NYC Disaster Relief Volunteers – Hurricane Sandy

Resources are extremely limited in the disaster zones – Food, water, warming huts, police protection, first aid and psychological services on-site exist to assist the affected residents.

Hurricane Sandy provided many chances for untrained volunteers can to be very helpful. Volunteers on the ground are valuable if prepared.

Pack a backpack with items to support your own survival and comfort needs:

Water – enough for a day of hard work.
Food + snacks for yourself and other volunteers
Sunglasses
Flashlight with batteries // Headlamp
Antibacterial wipes
Charged phone + camera, bring car chargers
Warm layers and a rain jacket
Work shoes to navigate rusted nails, raw sewage, debris and snow
Extra pair of dry socks
10.Pair of work gloves + N-95 Masks

11.Chap stick, sunscreen, toilet paper, Kleenex, first aid supplies and advil

Other Information –

Print and review a map of the area – cell phone service can be spotty
Document shelter locations, drop-off points and distribution hubs so you can share information with residents and bring updated information back to organizers.
Gather contact information and updated supply lists from residents and shelters – including a list of ‘ No longer accepting donations of XX’
Ask residents if you can take their photos and share their stories.

Perspective: Be there to help, offer support and positivity. Your energy and optimism will give hope to people suffering from lost homes, loved ones and neighborhoods.

Compassion breeds hope.

For More information please email: tjbreuer@gmail.com or call 347-586-9602

 

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