On October 29, 2012, Sandy made landfall as a post-tropical cyclone on the southern coast of New Jersey with sustained winds reaching 80 mph. At least 113 people in the United States have been reported dead. Record high tides have forced evacuations and devastated infrastructure in New York and other coastal cities. Beyond the U.S., the storm has claimed at least 70 lives, including 54 in Haiti where thousands of families living in tent encampments have been displaced.
If you would like to donate to emergency relief efforts:
- Brooklyn Community Foundation. The Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched a Brooklyn Recovery Fund in coordination with the Brooklyn Borough President's Office and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. 100% of every donation will be used to support storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn.
- Community Foundation of South Jersey. In partnership with the Community Foundation of New Jersey, CFSJ has created the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund, a collaboration between local and national foundations, New Jersey corporations and individuals. Donations will address intermediate and long-term needs by serving as a flexible source of financial support for local organizations and communities as they lead and participate in rebuilding damaged areas throughout the state over the coming months and years.
- The New York Community Trust. The New York City-based community foundation provides an index of local nonprofits leading disaster relief efforts. They recommend giving directly to the organizations of your choice.
- The North Carolina Community Foundation. NCCF has re-activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support nonprofit programs serving storm victims’ needs in that state. When you make a credit card donation online, local affiliate foundations will determine the nonprofit agencies that are the best and most efficient means to provide relief for victims of storms in their areas. No portion of the Disaster Relief Fund will be used for the Foundation's administrative expenses—your entire contribution goes directly to relief efforts.
- American Red Cross. Financial donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Donate at redcross.org or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift.
Blood donations are needed not only because of the injuries caused by the powerful storm, but also because 100 blood drives on the East Coast have been cancelled in 11 states. All blood types are needed. For more information on how to donate, go to redcrossblood.org.
- Occupy Sandy. Created an Amazon.com registry so that you can find the items needed most and have them shipped to a distribution location in Brooklyn. Volunteers are coordinating the incoming supplies and making deliveries to priority areas of need.
- Salvation Army. The Salvation Army reports that it has supplies and personnel mobilized; monetary donations are now the most critical need. Make a gift online at salvationarmyusa.org or call 1.800.SAL.ARMY. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
- Feeding America. The nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity is securing food, water and other supplies for people displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Learn more about disaster relief operations or donate at feedingamerica.org.
- Food banks in affected areas. The following organizations are encouraging monetary donations, rather than gifts of food, to more flexibly respond to local hunger needs:
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Connecticut Food Bank
Food Bank for New York City
- Get the latest information about transit service to and within New York City at WNYC's Transit Tracker.
- recovers.org enables community-powered disaster recovery. Currently there are hyperlocal response sites for Astoria, the Lower East Side, Red Hook and Staten Island where residents can report specific needs, volunteer to help or donate supplies.
More information about ways to help will be added here when available. Thank you for your generosity.