Hurricane Sandy has come and gone - businesses are reopening, subways are re-opening and New York City is even planning to host its annual New York Marathon this weekend. But while many people are dissecting links to climate change, what went wrong and how it is going to impact the upcoming election, it is important to keep in mind that there are STILL 570,000 people stranded in Lower Manhattan without power, water, food or access to basic amenities. 570,000 people is equivalent to almost the entire population of Boston or San Francisco - it is a lot of people. Read on to learn how you can help the relief effort by donating today!
Many people in Lower Manhattan live in tall high-rise buildings, and without access to power elevators stop working, refrigerators stop working and food spoils, water stops pumping, and it is extremely difficult for elderly and sick people to get out of their apartments and get the basic necessities they need. No businesses are open and transportation is barely working in Lower Manhattan, meaning it is impossible to get anywhere to purchase food or supplies. And of course cell phones aren’t working (cell towers are dead) as well – so people in lower manhattan are effectively cut off from the rest of the city and the rest of the world.
In your attention to politics and trying to move on from Sandy, please do not forget about these people who are still stranded in Lower Manhattan. Many senior citizens are stuck in high-rise buildings unable to get out. Volunteers are needed to go apartment to apartment searching for stranded people, and donations of food and water and a place to stay are also needed.
Even if you’re not in New York City, you can help lower Manhattan by donating to the following organizations:
The Lower East Side Recovers is a site that allows people to request and offer assistance post Hurricane Sandy – whether its be a donation or a pledge to volunteer.
The American Red Cross is currently accepting donations for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.
Architecture for Humanity has launched a Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction campaign.
Feeding America is currently mobilizing to provide emergency food and water supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The Educational Alliance is accepting emergency donations to help provide relief for Manhattan’s Lower East Side.