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RSS By: Pastor Craig Miller

Disaster relief coordinator Pastor Craig Miller shares disaster relief information in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

A long way to go

Dec 10, 2014

This month I attended a meeting of the Long Island LTRG Volunteer and Donations committee in Central Islip. The committee is anchored by the Long Island Volunteer Center and includes participants from FEMA, Southern Baptists, and the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. At this meeting I was not surprised to hear that the LTRG continues to discover people who need assistance in order to recover from Sandy.

 

The Long Island LTRG operates a call center that reaches out to members of the impacted communities to offer assistance. The call center has encountered many people who have fallen through the cracks of the disaster recovery. They may have missed deadlines for filing for government aid or they tried to make it on their own, thinking they could handle the intricacies of the system of assistance. Many of these people are elderly and isolated.

 

In Brooklyn, the LTRG just completed a round of phone canvassing covering the neighborhood of Canarsie. Of the 380 contacts, more than half still have recovery needs and do not have the assistance of a Disaster Case Manager such as those working for LSSNY.

 

It seems clear to me that this disaster recovery still has a long way to go, and LTRGs with their constituent organizations need to gear up for many years of work. The accomplishments of government assistance programs and the efforts of voluntary organizations have only scratched the surface of what will be a long and arduous recovery.

 

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