Super Storm Sandy
Civilian Emergency Response Corps
Prepare * Respond * Recover
I AM READY TO RESPOND!
Highly-Skilled Volunteers Register Here
More than a year after Super Storm Sandy devastated communities in New York City, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson region, New Yorkers are still struggling to rebuild and recover from the disaster. While much of the visible damage has been repaired, individuals and families are still rebuilding and in need of volunteers to assist with plumbing, wiring, and designing more resilient structures. Survivors also need assistance with complicated tax documents and other paperwork.
Are you ready to RESPOND?
New York State needs:
Tradespeople, Attorneys, Engineers, Social Workers, Accountants, Translators, Plumbers, Electricians, Certain Students, Insurance Experts, Truck Drivers, Medical Professionals and other skilled professionals who want to help their communities recover from Sandy and prepare for future disasters.
The Civilian Emergency Response Corps is Governor Cuomo's statewide collaborative disaster response and preparedness initiative which aims to recruit "highly skilled" volunteers to assist in ongoing Sandy recovery efforts and to develop a network of volunteers who will be able to respond in future disasters. As part of this initiative, the Long Island Volunteer Center is joining two other Regional Volunteer Centers and two New York State Office for New Americans Opportunity Centers in new York City, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson Region to recruit and engage professionals, tradesmen, social workers, certain students and apprentices, and other individuals who have specialized skills that could help a community recover from a disaster to volunteer for projects in the communities affected by Sandy.
How can I become part of the Civilian Emergency Response Corps?
- Highly-Skilled Volunteers Register Here
- In your account, click on Skills tab and add your skills
- Find and volunteer for opportunities;
- Contact Laura Messano, Director of Disaster Services at Long Island Volunteer Center.
- If you so direct when you register, you will be contacted to help in Sandy relief; and/or in the event of future disasters.
- If you choose, you will receive emails informing you of events and volunteer opportunities.
Or call 516-564-5482.
You can also sign up for the statewide database of skilled volunteers at www.prepare.ny.gov.
The Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, is continuing to work closely with our local partner agencies, Long Island VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and national HandsOn Network to identify volunteer opportunities in the communities impacted by Super Storm Sandy to ensure a coordinated response.
For Homeowners in need of information and resources click FEMA, Nassau County, and/or Suffolk County
For additional Long Island contact information go to 2-1-1 long island Disaster Recovery Resources
For information on New York State's community reconstruction program - New York Rising, click here.
How LIVC is Responding
- Recruiting and referring volunteers for disaster relief and recovery;
- Assisting in the development of faith-based relief centers serving south shore communities;
- Supporting disaster relief agencies with supplies for muck outs;
- Providing warehouse support for personal protective equipment and tools for disaster volunteer teams and for donations of clothing, food, and cleaning supplies;
- Conducting drives to assist affected communities: including food, clothing, blankets, and school supplies;
- Deploying volunteers to assist with FEMA applications, staffing FEMA sites;
- Managing volunteers data to reflect the humanitarian response to Super Storm Sandy;
- Actively contributing in LIVOAD (Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) planning, development, and execution.
- Act as central resource for disaster information with timely messaging through our website and social media;
- Secure and refer resources to underwrite other disaster relief organizations;
- Conduct Community outreach on volunteering from disaster recovery efforts;
- Created a volunteer recovery center serving all of Long Island where AmeriCorps, St. Louis, trains and equips volunteers, operates a call center and facilitates agencies active in disaster;
- Secured media coverage for our disaster partners.
How New York State is responding:
Governor Cuomo has charged three commissions to examine existing systems and present a comprehensive blueprint to bring New York State emergency preparedness and response capabilities into the 21st century and ensure our infrastructure is built to survive major weather incidents. Click for detail...