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New Emergency Aid, ${esc.dollar}100,000 in Grants to Help Sandy Survivors

AmeriCares - Sat, 10 Nov 2012 00:11 GMT
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AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy relief teams have been working nonstop on the ground and with clinics, shelters, and partners to ease the suffering of thousands of families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In the first seven days after the disaster, our response includes: 39 shipments of medicines to hard-hit communities, including first aid, insulin, vaccine, medical supplies, 240,000+ water bottles, blankets, diapers, sleeping bags, personal hygiene and relief supplies to support the work of clinics and shelters serving the ill, injured, powerless and displaced -- aid that will benefit over 80,000 people. ${esc.dollar}100,000+ in grants to six organizations to benefit an estimated 4,500 people in need. This includes grants to the World Cares Center for programs to provide emergency warmth and disaster cleanup to help survivors in Staten Island and Far Rockaway, a grant and medical aid to the Rockaway Point Volunteer Emergency Services in Breezy Point, as well as flash grants to help community organizations supply bring food, relief items and clean-up crews to Staten Island. Deployment of a mobile medical clinic to three locations in Staten Island from November 1-7, where dozens of patients received primary care, tetanus and flu vaccines. On November 10, the clinic will deploy to Rockaway, Queens, to help the Joseph Addabbo Health Center treat patients in need. "Sandy is the worst storm the East Coast has experienced in a generation," said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response. "In some of the most devastated areas the power is still out, and families are still living in shelters more than a week later. We will continue to work on a large-scale, long-term response to help families who are displaced, without power or lack access to health care as a result of the storm." Recently, in devastated Atlantic City, where Sandy struck packing 80-mph winds, our teams have delivered essential personal hygiene items and assorted medicines to help hundreds of survivors who are still displaced by the storm. In nearby Cape May, a delivery of insulin pens to a community health center is underway.

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