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Wednesday, December 17 2014 @ 07:03 PM CST

After Hurricane Sandy: Relief, Rebuilding and Climate Change

Rescue efforts by boat

Hurricane Sandy has plowed through the Northeast United States, killing dozens of people and causing billions of dollars in damage. People are working together to pick up the pieces through mutual aid and solidarity. We list here some of the ways you can get involved with relief and rebuilding. The hard works starts after the hurricane parties and disaster porn.

Hurricane Sandy was also an example of the "new normal" of life during rapid climate change. We also share some links to people writing about that crisis.

Relief Efforts - Friday, November 9

Occupy Sandy Relief NYC
Occupy Sandy Relief - New Jersey
Occupy Sandy Relief - South Jersey
Food Not Bombs Hurricane Sandy Relief Program
CAAAV - "Organizing Asian Communities
Occupy Judaism
Occupy gets rolling in Sandy disaster relief; Far Rockaway & Staten Island in a messy situation; #hurricanehackers Sandy Crisis Camps this weekend
Occupy Sandy relief steps up: OWS continues anarchist tradition of mutual aid efforts in the storm's wake
  • Occupy needs volunteer coordinators - anyone who think they will be with us for 2-3 days - but also those with less time over long haul. (source: Facebook)


Lower East Side - (646) 580-7473
Astoria - (347) 669-4394
Red Hook - (347) 464-9269
Staten Island - (347) 934-9927

Technology Response and Infrastructure

Twitter hashtags: #HurricaneHackers
Brooklyn Tech is again taking volunteers (South Elliot b/t Lafayette and Dekalb). (source: Occupy Judaism)
Sandy CrisisCamp
Caitria and Morgan O’Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster - Excellent TED talk about managing information after a natural disaster.


After Sandy, thousands left to freeze in public housing
Occupy Wall Street Leading Massive, Volunteer-Powered Recovery Efforts in New York
Sandy’s Devastating Impact to Hudson River Includes Widespread Toxic Spills
The Hideous Inequality Exposed by Hurricane Sandy
Goldman Sachs Building Is Bright, but Occupy Shines

Opinion and Analysis

Shock Doctrine, American-Style: Hurricane Sandy Devastation Used to Push for Sale of Public Infrastructure to Investors
There’s no such thing as a natural disaster



Astoria (items dropped in Astoria will be delivered to the Rockaways)

Location 1:

23-74 38th Street (closed for the night, MIGHT reopen tomorrow, please check back here for updates)
Contact Leni: (347) 762-1648

Location 2:
33-33 87th St btw Northern Blvd and 34th Ave (closes 9pm)
Contact Neha: (917) 392-9708

Chinatown (open Nov 1, 10am-5pm)
46 Hester St Frnt A
(212) 473-6485
justice@caaav.org - email provided, but best to just show up to help or bring supplies!

Specific Requests in Chinatown:
Water bottles
C, D, AA, AAA batteries (and one 9 volt battery)
Food (hot at lunch, non-perishable/bread/cookies)
Some bottles of Ensure (Glucerna shake) for the elderly, vitamins for the elderly
Generator (for shelter at 350 Grand St, Seward Park High School)

Rockaway and Far Rockaway
Location 1:
Firehouse on 59th street
across from the train station.
contact person: Jean Dupont 9179755623

Location 2:
Veggie Island
96th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Location 3:
Store Front Community Center
B113 and Rockaway Blvd

Specific Requests in Rockaway and Far Rockaway (starred ones are most urgent):
* Propane grille or camping style oven
* Plates, cups, forks, bowls, spoons, etc
* blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, anything to keep folks warm
* cleaning supplies - buckets, squeegies, mops, bleach
* masks, gloves for cleaning
* socks
* water
* tarps
* garbage bags
electric stove
gas stove
satellite phones
big paper, tape, markers
pens, paper, notepads
camping tables
gasoline containers
fire extinguishers
walkie talkies
i9 tablets

Fort Green/Clinton Hill
45 Waverly Avenue
just off of Park Ave in Fort Green/Clinton Hill
(Hours for Nov 1: 10am-6pm)

Park Slope
New Hope Church
120/122 16th St btw 4th and 5th ave
Contact: Pastor Craig: (718) 768-5275

Red Hook
The Red Hook Initiative
767 Hicks Street
Contact: Mariya (347) 770-1528 (but please just show up!)

Specific Requests in Redhook:
(Will be updated at redhook.recovers.org
prepared food (including food for children)
power strips
toiletries (including toilet paper and paper towels)
utensils such as spoons and bowls
jugs of water

Bay Ridge
9108 Colonial Rd. Brooklyn 11209 #E9

Sunset Park
St. Jacobi Church
5406 4th Ave
Contact: Ronnie 646-353-5194

Specific Requests in Sunset Park:
steamtable foil pans full or half size w lids
cleaning supplies
tin foil
saran wrap

Williamsburg (starting Nov 1, 10am)
306 Leonard St, apt J1 (btwn Conselyea and Metropolitan)
Contact: Jennifer (917) 586-4153

136 Jefferson Ave, apt 2 11216

East Billyburg (Beginning Thursday Nov 1 at 12 noon)
House of Yes
342 Maujer st
Contact: Kae Burke (525)217-7209

Downtown Brooklyn
2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Floor

Location 1:
47 saint nicholas avenue #4d
btw 112 and 113

Location 2:
938 st Nicholas ave # 25 at corner of 157th and st Nicholas ave.

Lower East Side

Location 1
The Bowery Mission
45-51 Ave D
contact: Claude Nelson or any "operations manager" on duty. they're open 24/7 and in need of prepared foods, a generator and anything else you can offer.

Location 2 (open 11/1 3pm-6pm and 11/2 12pm-6pm)
169 Ave. B btwn 10th and 11th

Specific Requests at Lower East Side:
Generator (Requested at Bowery)
Prepared Foods (Requested at Bowery)
flashlights (Requested at GOLES)
batteries (AA, AAA, D) (Requested at GOLES)
non perishable food (Requested at GOLES)
candles (Requested at GOLES)
first aid kits (Requested at GOLES)
vehicles or bikes with trailers (to bring supplies around) (Requested at GOLES)

Upper East Side (drop off center for Rockaway/Breezy Point/Broad Channel donations)
York Ave between 83 and 84th st


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