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Sandy's aftermath: How you can help

For Sandy victims, resources to help get back on track



The Red Cross is providing shelter, clothes, supplies, food and blood, as needed, for the victims of Sandy. You can donate blood, but in terms of items, you'll be doing more for those in need by donating money instead of physical goods.

Text message: Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

Phone: 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 800-257-7575; for TDD,  800-220-4095.

To donate blood: Visit this Red Cross Web page.

Online: American Red Cross


The Salvation Army is providing meals and shelter. "At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army," the organization said Tuesday in a press release.

 Text message: Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. To confirm the donation, respond with the word “Yes.â€

Phone: 800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769)

Online: Salvation Army; here's the organization's New Jersey site, and its Greater New York site.


Many pet owners were able to take their pets with them, but for those who were not, the Humane Society's Animal Rescue Team is assembling staff and equipment to help rescue pets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Phone: 301-258-8276

Online: Humane Society of the United States


The association is helping animals that may need rescue or shelter.

Text message: Text the word HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10.

Phone: 866-242-1877.

Online: The AHA's website for donating is here.


Habitat, an international organization, helps those in need rebuild their homes after disaster strikes.

Phone: As of Tuesday morning, Habitat's online donation system was not available. If you want to make a donation, you can call Habitat's Partner Service Center at 800-HABITAT (422-4828). Press "0" when prompted and representatives will take your donation information over the phone.


This group coordinates efforts with the state's Office of Emergency Management, as well as with state and local nonprofit organizations.

Phone: (908) 355- FOOD (3663), ext. 243.

Online: Community FoodBank of New Jersey


The organization will deliver food, water and supplies to communities in need through its network of food banks and the agencies they serve.

Phone: 800-910-5524

Online: This is Feeding America's main website.




Catholic Charities provides emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling, and support "regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds."

Online: More information here; main website here.

Phone: 800-919-9338 


This group provides emergency medicine and supplies. Donations are accepted on its accepts donations on its website.

Phone: 800-486-4357.


This local NYC program is "the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools." It is recruiting volunteers to help with Sandy relief efforts, and is also raising money.

Online: New York Cares; donation page here.

Phone: 212-228-5000

You can also approach the city government directly to volunteer, by emailing nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough.


The organization provides medicine and supplies to partner health centers and clinics.

Text message: Text the word RELIEF to 27722 to give $10.

Phone: 805-964-4767.

Online: Direct Relief International is the main website; go here to donate online.


The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City charity supports "impactful public programs serving some of the City's greatest needs."

Online: The Mayor's Fund website is here.


Describing itself as "a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families" and communities, World Vision provides flood clean-up kits, hygiene kits, blanket and food kits.

Text message: Text the word GIVEUSA to 777444 to donate $10.

Phone: 888-511-6443.

Online: For World Vision's Hurricane Sandy relief, click here.


Provides immediate relief, assistance with cleanup and rebuilding, pastoral counseling and support for children and youth who have been through trauma.

Text message: Text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give a $10 donation.

Phone: 800-554-8583

Online: United Methodist Committee on Relief


The Jewish Federations of North America Hurricane Relief Fund will contribute to recovery and rebuilding.

Text message: Text the word RELIEF to 51818 to pledge a donation.

Online: The Jewish Federations of North America.


One of the most badly damaged communities in Sandy's wake is Breezy Point, Queens. Catholic University student Matthew Petronis created this fundraising page to help his community rebuild. "I have seen the damage and can say that the place where I grew up during my childhood is almost gone," he wrote on the page, "but that is not the case for the children that are growing up now!" 

Though smaller instant charities are not always recommended for donating (for reasons discussed below), NBC News reporters have interviewed Petronis, and verified his story.


The organization has staff in New Jersey and New York to distribute baby blankets and hygiene items, and to create a "child-friendly

environment in shelters."

Text message: Text the word HURRICANE to 20222 to make a donation.

Phone: 800-728-3843

Online: Save the Children


In addition to a Sandy Recovery Fund, United Way helps operate the 2-1-1 national network that provides "24/7 critical, non-emergency health and human services information and connects volunteers to organizations seeking assistance." United Way spokesman Wilhelm U. Meierling says, "We’ve experienced a 40 percent increase in calls during and after the storm, but we want more people to know this resource exists."

Text message: Text the word RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation.

Online: United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund




Sandy, of course, hit Haiti before it got to the U.S., and the IRC distributed emergency supplies — tarps, flashlights, water containers, mosquito nets — to more than 4,200 storm victims.The IRC is also working with other emergency responders to monitor makeshift camps where cholera was a problem in the past.

Online: International Rescue Committee


AARP Foundation has established a relief fund to support victims in the U.S. devastated by Sandy. AARP and its affiliates will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. 

Online: To donate to the relief fund, please click here.


Operation USA is sending emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies to areas hit by Sandy, and is helping "community health clinics restore services to best serve their communities."

Text message: Text the word OPUSA to 50555 to make a $10 donation.

Phone: 800-678-7255

Online: Operation USA


Remember that while giving is good, beware of those out there who are not good and are trying to trick you by taking your money. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene last year, the Federal Trade Commission's caution still holds true: "Scammers may try to take advantage of a disaster, and so consumers should be wary of urgent appeals for charitable donations, and watch out for fraudulent home repair schemes after a storm."

You can read more about avoiding home repair rip-offs and charity fraud from the FTC.

Also, the FBI has counseled on its Facebook page "to beware of fraudulent emails and websites claiming to conduct charitable relief efforts. Disasters prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause," and suggests reading "Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes" to learn more about avoiding online fraud.

Please post in this thread, anything you feel is important/relevant regarding the storm. Let us know how you are doing if you are affected by the storm path.



Here are tips and resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:



img_bullet_bluedot.gifMake sure you have plenty of cash on hand in case your area loses power, causing ATM machines and banks to close down as well.




img_bullet_bluedot.gif Assemble a disaster preparedness kit stocked with critical supplies, including important documents and medications. Click HERE to see a list of the items you should put in your kit.




img_bullet_bluedot.gif Visit www.ready.gov for the latest hurricane news and preparedness



The National Weather Service suggests you have a plan for your beloved family pets, and determine safe areas inside your home, as well as escape routes if flooding turns dangerous.


img_bullet_bluedot.gifFEMA's mobile Web site provides answers to the agency's most-often asked questions, and includes a graphic showing the flood risk in the specific area where you live.



The Weather Channel has fully customizable weather maps, animated radar maps, detailed weather conditions and forecasts, severe weather alerts, and a notification bar with the current temperature and severe weather alert indicator.




It allows you to get weather forecasts for your location or search by city, ZIP code, street address or landmark. The app also includes interactive maps that are fully customizable and feature the functionality of Google Maps. Customers can decide to display layers such as radar, clouds, UV index, rainfall and more.

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Thanks, Spicy! We are kind of ready and are definitely going to get the brunt of the rain and wind, but could be a little less if today's forecast is right and it makes land in NJ instead of here. They still say we will have days of rain and high wind. I've tried telling my husband that this is different/worse than Irene and Lee (which flooded our basement and caused us to have to replace the floors and doors, etc.) because of the duration. Going out now to get flashlights and batteries - if the stores have re-stocked since Friday. I was out Friday too, but those items were already gone as were generators. Hopefully, the new basement door and caulking and such will prevent the basement from flooding this time and that the wind won't make the trees topple into the house!


Stay safe everyone!

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A shout out to everyone along the eastern seaboard to be safe with what appears to be potentially very dangerous weather. STAY SAFE!


Having lost my home to the '04 triplet hurricanes, I can tell you first hand it is nothing to take lightly! Although I used to be a first responder for the feds for every imagined man/nature made diseaster, I'll say that A LOT of what the news etc tells you to have on hand can be tossed out the window.


Here is what I suggest you do to prepare:


*the name and telephone number of a respectable roofer on SPEED DIAL as their answering machines will fill up fast-worry about insurance claims later


*a RELIABLE friend NOT in the path of the storm to CALL for weather updates when you loose electricity and then to call family members w/YOUR updates it's SUPER important to have someone who knows to keep it short and to the point as your battery life is a precious commodity! If you don't have an ER family/friend phone tree throw one together for said person to commence as again, as much as you love them, you can't take calls from everyone as you don't know how long it will be before you can recharge your cell!


*put all that you SERIOUSLY can't leave behind in waterproof containers AND keep with you where ever you decide to ride out the storm no pun here...I learned THIS LESSON the hard way...


*enough water to drink/non perishable food for each person in your family for 48 hours no feasts...just what you NEED


*if you have a grill or a fondue pot get it ready! (do you have enough matches/sterno?)


*disposable tableware/plates/bowls for one week


*a camera to document any damage (if you're evacuated post storm you'll need documentation for all sorts of reasons)


*full tank of gas in car and parked facing OUT of your driveway


*if you get the snow storm part of this (they're projecting two feet) use the snow as a freezer/fridge for anything you didn't manage to save/cook


*blankets/sleeping bags for each person


*ID tags on each of your pets...so many pets get lost in such circumstances


PUT EVERYTHING BUT YOUR CAR IN THE ROOM/CLOSET you'll be staying in as you may not be able to get to it otherwise


FEMA has it's act together more than you might think since Katrina or Irene so you only need enough food/water for two days as they'll be providing both...but be prepared to walk to their locals in rain/snowy streets


AND THE GOOD NEWS is that it's one week before presidential elections so you can have peace of mind that YOU WILL BE FREE ADVERTISEMENT FOR SOMEONE'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN!! THEY'LL WANT TO GET IT RIGHT!!


I hope YOU won't need this info!!



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Thanks, Spicy! We are kind of ready and are definitely going to get the brunt of the rain and wind, but could be a little less if today's forecast is right and it makes land in NJ instead of here. They still say we will have days of rain and high wind. I've tried telling my husband that this is different/worse than Irene and Lee (which flooded our basement and caused us to have to replace the floors and doors, etc.) because of the duration. Going out now to get flashlights and batteries - if the stores have re-stocked since Friday. I was out Friday too, but those items were already gone as were generators. Hopefully, the new basement door and caulking and such will prevent the basement from flooding this time and that the wind won't make the trees topple into the house!


Stay safe everyone!

Ive heard on the news that there will be massive power loss...got a way of communicating if you cant charge your cell phone?


I pray your basement doesnt flood again...or trees go into the house...


mylifeline has some great advice posted in this thread...

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That is great advice mylifeline! Thank you! I didn't see it in time. We don't have a way to charge our phones. I just realized we have two new phones and not the car chargers for them. :( We have the food and water part, and a propane grill and gas stove, so we can do w/ the cooking part. The refrigeration will be an issue. but not sleeping bags for all. Our county did issue a state of emergency a few hours ago. Work closed, so I don't have to worry about that. Schools and government offices are closed again tomorrow.


We only have water coming in the dining room and as long as we have power, the Wet Vac is working to keep up with that. We thought it was fixed from last hurricane. Thankfully, we didn't put in the new hardwood from Aug. 2011. It's still just the plywood subfloor painted. When the wind drives the rain horizontal, it must be coming in under the flashing and down the wall into the dining room. The wind is swirling and changing directions constantly, so it's not a steady deluge like Irene and Lee were. So far, the basement is good.


I think I saw one report that we might have snow at the end of the week and that it would still be from this storm. I'm not sure about that one. The brunt of the storm is due to hit her in a few hours.


Stay safe!!

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If at this point you have the type of cell that you can pull the back off to access the battery, it's a SOUND investment to get a spare if you can. ASK the seller if it comes WITH A FULL CHARGE...if you can afford it, open the packaging to check it does indeed have a full charge. If you can't afford it and if unopened it's returnable then you make that decision. Unfortunately with all that 'smart' phones do, most don't come w/replaceable batteries.

I didn't put this on my list of preps as I thought it too late, but if you can find a gadget that has the 'pump' arm which runs a radio (some local tv stations) a flashlight AND you can plug your cell phone in to charge...get it...if you can't now make that on the top of your next purchase ASAP list.

Turn your 3/4G and wifi OFF when not using it...both eat up so much power. I WOULDN'T recommend turning your cell on/off as unlike car engines it takes some amount of energy to not make it necessarily worth your while. The best thing is to have a phone tree in place for friends/relatives to call for updates and ONE number for you to call for updates both during and after the storm(s).

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