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Project195 has been engaged and leading relief efforts for the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan areas since October 30th, 2012 Reminiscent of The Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina, the damage field is vast and devastating. Food, clothing, tools, building materials, household goods, toiletries and more are in sharp demand still to this day. Volunteering, although limited to debris removal initially, has already started into the rebuilding phase for some communities, and will continue throughout 2013. Rebuilding efforts will be a long and arduous process. Your chance to help those in need is at hand. Please give.
We are deeply saddened that so many lives have been lost to Sandy. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families.Many of Project195′s board members and special contributors live in what was Sandy’s path, myself included. We all consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have not lost our homes or loved ones. We all witnessed not only the destructive power of the storm first hand, but the heroism of friends and neighbors. All those who reached out to spare someone a little less hardship to no gain of their own deserve to be recognized as such!
PLEASE DONATE TODAY. MILLIONS NEED OUR HELP. WE NEED YOURS.
Work crews, aid stations, and collection centers are already being established through Project195. Please give what you can. Your money and your time are both incredibly needed. If you cannot spare one, please be generous with the other.
Yours in service,
The federal government over the weekend stepped up its efforts to help alleviate two of the most pressing problems that have emerged in the aftermath of the storm: a sudden housing crisis and a shortage of gasoline.
W. Craig Fugate, the FEMA director, said in an interview Sunday that the officials were still assessing how many people altogether will need temporary housing.
But as of Sunday at 3 p.m., 182,000 residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have applied for disaster assistance, and a total of $158 million has been approved. Some share of that total will need a temporary place to stay, Mr. Fugate said, adding that he is well aware that there is a shortage of vacant housing in many of the areas hit by the storm, particularly on Long Island.
“This is really going to have to be neighborhood by neighborhood,” Mr. Fugate said.
To help, FEMA announced over the weekend that it is offering victims of Hurricane Sandy vouchers good for up to two weeks in a hotel or motel, with the bills to be paid directly by the federal government.
The federal subsidy will cover the room only, not meals or other incidentals. In New Jersey, anyone displaced by the storm whose home is uninhabitable and is approved for coverage by FEMA is eligible, a federal official said Sunday. But in New York, the federal official said, families must apply through an emergency shelter to be eligible for the hotel program, at the request of state officials.
Either way, displaced families must pre-register with FEMA before they check into a hotel, as the agency will use computer databases to confirm that they live in the zone hit by the storm.
Victims of the storm can register for disaster assistance by calling the agency at 1-800-621-FEMA, visiting one of its registration centers that have been set up in the disaster zones, or by enrolling over the Internet at www.disasterassistance.gov. Mobile phones can also be used to enroll at m.fema.gov.
In cases where families move into temporary apartments, which state and local officials are helping them find, FEMA will in many cases provide rental assistance directly to the families, which will then be responsible for paying the landlords, a federal official said Sunday. This program will last up to 18 months.
Hurricane Sandy was a tropical cyclone of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season that severely affected portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October, with lesser impacts in the Southeastern and Midwestern states and eastern Canada. In diameter, it was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km). The eighteenth tropical cyclone and named storm and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy is estimated in early calculations to have caused damage of at least $20 billion (2012 USD). Preliminary estimates of losses that include business interruption surpass $50 billion (2012 USD), which, if confirmed, would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, behind only Hurricane Katrina.
Sandy developed from a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22. It became a tropical depression, quickly strengthened, and was upgraded to a tropical storm six hours later. Sandy moved slowly northward toward the Greater Antilles and gradually intensified. On October 24, Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane, shortly before making landfall in Jamaica. Farther north, Sandy re-entered water and made its second landfall in Cuba during the early morning of October 25 as a Category 2 hurricane. During the late evening of October 25, Sandy weakened to Category 1 strength; in the early hours of October 26, it headed north through the Bahamas. Sandy began to show some characteristics of both tropical and extratropical cyclones on October 26. Sandy briefly weakened to a tropical storm in the early morning hours of October 27, then restrengthened to a Category 1 hurricane later that morning. Just before 8 a.m. EDT on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-northwest and started to make its expected approach towards the U.S. coast. At 7 p.m. EDT that evening, Sandy was declared a post-tropical cyclone, while still maintaining Category 1 strength. Sandy made its final landfall 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey at about 8 p.m. EDT on October 29, the center of the storm missing New York City by almost 100 miles.
In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected at least 24 states, from Florida to Maine, with tropical storm force winds stretching far inland and mountain snows in West Virginia. The cyclone brought a destructive storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines in Lower Manhattan, Staten Island, Coney Island, the Rockaways and other areas of the city and cutting off electricity to parts of the city and its suburbs, especially Zone A areas near waterways which were issued evacuation orders. Severe damage occurred in New Jersey, especially in the communities along the Jersey Shore.
In the case of Hurricane Sandy two important factors contributing to the size and strength of the storm were unusually warm ocean surface temperatures and an increase in blocking patterns, both of which are expected by some experts to occur more frequently due to global warming. Mark Fischetti of Scientific American proposed a more explicit link, arguing that the melting of Arctic ice caused a negative North Atlantic Oscillation, which fueled the expansion of Sandy by pushing the jet stream south.