A few hours ago, Finitor posted this raw video he shot on Staten Island yesterday with an iPhone 5. No audio mixing, no post-processing. Its soundtrack is eerily beautiful, and, in the context of current events, more than a little sad.
Finitor writes: “There’s this unfinished building on Staten Island’s east shore, intended to eventually house an indoor track. When the wind blows strong, the metal strutwork and roof skin resonate to create this haunting music, like something one of those austere [Finnic] composers like Arvo Pärt would produce with a full chamber orchestra. …The building looks over the worst storm-hit parts of SI, and the keening is kind of a soundtrack to the ruin.”
Needless to say, it’s been an incalculably stressful and difficult week for millions of people directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. This is just a series of “How You Can Help” links cobbled together from various trusted sources around the web. Please, by all means, add more in comments if you like.
East Coast and Caribbean comrades, we’re all sending lots of love and warm, dry vibes your way. Please let us know how we can help. Hang in there.
- Feeding America says that it is working to distribute some thousands of pounds of emergency food to hurricane victims. To donate, you can call 1-800-910-5524 or visit them online here.
- Medicine is also needed, and AmeriCares is working to provide what is needed by those impacted by the storms. Donate here.
- World Vision is distributing flood cleanup kits and personal hygiene items. Donate to them here.
- Save the Children is also out there trying to help relieve families affected by the hurricane. Donate here.
- Samaritan’s Purse needs volunteers. For information how to volunteer, click here.
- Hope for New York needs both volunteers and donations.
If you’re in New Jersey and want to volunteer to help clean up, there is more information available here.
NonsenseNYC has also collected together a fine list of people and projects that require aid, many that need actual labour, “not your donations or clicks”. Their latest newsletter began with, “The most important thing to understanding what’s going on is to actually go to the areas that need attention. People who need help will not always ask for it, or be able to ask for it. This is a do-it-yourself guide: call or internet if you can, but ultimately just go.”
Here are some of their suggestions…
- Red Hook: Volunteers needed to cook food and coordinate aid. Come anytime from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and bring something to share. 767 Hicks Street, Brooklyn.Contact: Paulie Anne Duke, paulieanneduke]at]gmail.com.
- Coney Island: Coney Island USA’s flooded building needs help. They’re looking for people with dehumidifiers, fans, squeegees, mops, mop buckets, household heavy duty rubber gloves, respirators, paper towels, cleaning cloths, brooms, bleach, disinfectant. They’ll be accepting donations from noon – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They also need people to help with clean up. Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Avenue, corner of West 12th Street, Brooklyn. Contact: @ConeyIslandFun
- The Rockaways: Help the clean up effort in Rockaway, where houses were completely devastated by Sandy. Contact: Zack Tucker: 201 320 0226. Also: 95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens, near Beach 96th Street. Clean and serve food. Contact: Bobby at 718 772 3803.
- Lower East Side: The Henry Street Settlement has received an 18-wheeler of meals and donations. They need vehicles, bikes, and humans to help distribute: 265 Henry Street. Also: Some volunteers are going to set up an aid station at ABC No Rio (food and a portable generator for people to charge cell phones) today starting at 10a. 156 Rivington Street between Clinton and Suffolk. Also: GOLES needs help: 169 Avenue B, between 10th and 11th streets, goles.org.
- Chinatown: A strong community effort is happening over at CAAAV, a Chinatown-based community organizing group located at 46 Hester Street, between Essex and Ludlow. They are looking for volunteers. 212 473 6485.
- Citywide: The Red Cross needs volunteers who are able to lift 50 pounds and are comfortable working in stressful situations. Contact: staffing (at) nyredcross.org.Also: New York City Public Advocate’s Office needs volunteers. Sign up here to help.
- Twitter Page for Hurricane Sandy with Government and Weather Tweets
- Suggested Twitter Accounts to Follow broken down by state –using hashtag #SANDY as well
- Google Crisis Map with Shelter Info, Power Outage Information and More
- How to Use Twitter and Facebook without the Internet
- Jersey Shore Hurricane News on Facebook – to get info on immediate news and needs in New Jersey
You can also follow the relief effort as it’s documented across Tumblr.
- Our city’s ONLY homeless shelter dedicated to queer youth was completely decimated. People can donate there.
- Red Hook Initiative has been meeting the needs of residents in Red Hook.
- @OccupySandy has been effective & resourceful at meeting needs in NYC.
- @nycfoodtruck has sent out free food and meals to affected areas. 666 Burger isn’t part of that group of food trucks, but an eyewear company sponsored them to buy food to distribute in the Rockaways.
Deeply concerned for the welfare of artists affected by the Hurricane Sandy disaster, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation is currently accepting emergency requests for grants to professional visual artists, which will be expedited under the Foundation’s guidelines. Artists are encouraged to visit our Foundation’s website, www.pkf.org where we have an online application. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Foundation by telephone (212-517-5400) or fax (212-288-2836). All requests will be promptly addressed. A completed application form, cover letter, exhibition history and ten images of your work (jpegs or photos of work will be accepted) will be needed to be considered for our emergency grants. JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION:
“If you are – or know of – a visual artist who has been affected by [Hurricane Sandy] please contact us. The Foundation has funding allocated specifically for emergency assistance to painters and sculptors affected by natural disasters… We know that communication for many is very limited now, but our staff can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
HURRICANE SANDY – ARTISTS’ RELIEF EXCHANGE
New York State-based visual artists and arts nonprofits who were affected by Hurricane Sandy can contact the Law Office of Sergio Munoz Sarmiento for questions pertaining to an artist’s lost or damaged artworks — whether it was in their studio, home, gallery, or museum — and also calls pertaining to any damages to their studios or living areas. Arts nonprofits are also welcome to call with similar questions pertaining to lost or damaged artwork or other operational questions.
POST-SANDY ART RECOVERY
- Call AIC’s 24-hour assistance number at 202.661.8068 for advice by phone.
- Call 202.661.8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.
- They can also be reached via email – email@example.com
- Conservation OnLine: http://cool.conservation-us.org/byorg/nps/npsafter.html
- Studio Protector: http://www.studioprotector.org/OnlineGuide/Salvage.aspx
- American Institute for Conservation: http://www.conservation-us.org/disaster
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training:
- Heritage Preservation: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TASKFER.HTM
- Craft Emergency Relief Fund: http://craftemergency.org/emergency-response
- Arts Ready: https://www.artsready.org/page/useful_links
- National Document Conservation Center: http://www.nedcc.org/disaster/disaster.php (Hotline: +1.978.470.1010)
- MoMA consortium on conserving works released this document on emergency handling of artwork damaged by flooding.
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Water damage recovery http://ncptt.nps.gov/wet-recovery/
- RAPID RELIEF: EMERGENCY GRANTS – CERF+’s Emergency Grants are designed to provide immediate help to eligible craft artists after career-threatening emergencies. The maximum potential Emergency Grant is $3,000. The maximum potential Emerging Professional Craft Artist Emergency Grant is $2,000. CERF+ loans and other CERF+ grants are not available to those qualifying for this grant program.
- CAREER RECOVERY: EMERGENCY RECOVERY LOAN – CERF+’s Emergency Recovery Loan is used by an eligible craft artist to re-establish, improve, or possibly expand his/her work capacity after an emergency. The maximum potential Emergency Recovery Loan is $8,000. No interest is charged and loans must be repaid within five years. To be considered for an Emergency Recovery Loan, applicants must answer all applicable application questions, provide a cash flow projection statement for the next 12 months as well a short, loan-related business plan.
- Free desks are available through the Coalition for Queens at 47-40 21 Street until Sunday, November 4th. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. http://www.coalitionforqueens.org/
- Free desks are available through the Sunshine Bronx business incubator located at 890 Garrison Ave until Monday, November 12th. http://bronx.sunshineny.com/
- List of availabilities (some free and some not) courtesy of BetaBeat http://betabeat.com/2012/10/free-office-space-sandy-coworking-mirror-alleynyc-bitmap-local-response/
- Short-term “swing” office space at Brooklyn Army Terminal available free of charge for the next 30 days. Contact Doug Roberts at (212) 312-3876 or email@example.com. ?
- Pivot Desk’s Hurricane Sandy Coworking Map with several options - http://nycsandy.pivotdesk.com/
- #SandyCoworking CrowdMap with several options - https://sandycoworking.crowdmap.com/
- New York City Economic Development Corporation: For any business temporarily displaced, NYCEDC may have short-term “swing” office or storage space: information at www.nyc.gov/nycbusiness.
FOR ARTISTS LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE OR REHEARSAL SPACES IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK CITY’S PUBLIC ADVOCATE
After the Storm: A Guide for New Yorkers
HURRICANE SANDY: THE LOWER EAST SIDE RECOVERS
This site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by community organizations on the ground in the Lower East Side.
WNYC Transit Tracker
The latest info on transportation outages around New York and New Jersey, updated by WNYC.
- Rick’s Cafe, 695 Bay St., Clifton, is offering free, hot food to residents without power or displaced from the storm on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m
- Worship & Praise Community Church, 11 Olympia Blvd., South Beach, is distributing hot coffee, juice, sandwiches, soup, canned food and baby food. They’re seeking donations of blankets, pillows, sweaters, shoes, baby diapers, baby formula and more. They also have free Wifi and places to charge cell phones available.
- Canlon’s Restaurant, 1825 North Railroad Ave., in Oakwood is open and willing to help any neighbors in need of power to charge their phones or laptops. His ice machines are working, too, for those who need ice.
- Ariana’s Grand & The Loft at Ariana’s Grand open its unfinished 3rd location to help hurricane victims at 192 Ebbitts Street. Owner & Chef Frank DiMattina and family will provide fresh hot meals as well as collect clothing, blankets, baby food, diapers, non-perishable foods and any other items for those in need. Donations can be made at the site from 10 a.m. Food will start serving at 12 p.m.
- Arena Restaurant, 4916 Arthur Kill Rd., Tottenville, is accepting donations and distributing hot food. “We will be distributing items to anyone who needs them — clothing, blankets, bottled water and more,” said Ralph Mattioli, Arena general manager. “People can come in to charge their iPones and iPads. We will also fill your cooler up for free with ice.”
- 2 free spots for Staten Islanders to charge phones, make local calls - http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/post_371.html
- Food and Water Distribution http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html
community-powered disaster recovery
This is a recovery organizing site for New York’s Red Hook neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that allows people to offer/request assistance and volunteer.
NYC OEM – Notify NYC Twitter
VIA THE HUFFINGTON POST:
Direct Relief has placed seven hurricane preparedness packs in the Caribbean, each containing medicine and supplies to treat a variety of traumatic and chronic conditions that can support 5,000 people for a month. Packs have also been placed along the U.S. East Coast including 300 clinical partners along the storm’s projected path. Direct Relief works with 70 countries to provide disaster relief and preparedness during the most critical hours after a natural disaster. Learn more here.
Save The Children
Save The Children provides child-friendly space kits, including diapers and hygiene items. The organization also maintains a U.S. Emergencies Fund, that allow for disaster planning, emergency preparedness, response and recovery work and psychological support. Save the Children says it’s committed to the same level of support for the impending storm. Learn more here.
Team Rubicon, which utilizes the skills of military veterans to assist in responding to and recovering from natural disasters, has teams of highly skilled military veterans working with local authorities preparing to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in communities from Washington, D.C., to Boston. In New York City, Team Rubicon veterans are assisting the city’s mobile assessment teams as well as coordinating joint operations in the city’s Emergency Operations Center. This not only provides a skilled and motivated work force, but provides a new mission for America’s veterans, allowing them to continue to serve here at home and abroad. Learn morehere.
International Medical Corps
With Haiti under a state of emergency, the International Medical Corps has teams in place with emergency kits, fuel and flashlights and mobile medical units on standby. In 2010 the International Medical Corps had teams on the ground treating within 22 hours after the earthquake. Since then it has established cholera treatment, primary health care, water and sanitation, and disaster preparedness programs. Learn morehere.
Relief Organizations From HuffPost Impact’s Partner Interaction:ADRA International is helping communities in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, distributing blankets and providing food and water to affected families. In the United States, ADRA is working with local partners to assess what is needed.
All Hands Volunteers is assessing the damage done to the Northeastern states by Hurricane Sandy, and will then launch a volunteer project to most effectively meet local needs.
American Jewish World Service is providing assistance for communities in Haiti.
Brother’s Brother Foundation, working with partners in Haiti, Jamaica and the United Sates, is sending requested supplies and assistance. Four tractor trailer loads of assistance will arrive in the New York City area.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is providing shelter, food, and other emergency relief to the New York and New Jersey areas.
CARE is delivering emergency clean water and hygiene supplies to the worst-affected communities in Haiti.
Catholic Relief Services is providing assistance for communities in Haiti, Cuba, and Jamaica.
Church World Service is responding in Haiti and United States with care kits, blankets, and long-term recovery assistance.
Convey of Hope is responding across the region distributing pre-positioned truckloads of food, water and emergency supplies. We are following up those pre-positioned supplies with additional truckloads of food, water and cleaning supplies, along with mobilizing volunteers across the area to assist in distribution.
Episcopal Relief & Development will support its partners in the Caribbean and U.S. as they respond to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
Food For The Poor is responding to hard-hit areas in Jamaica and Haiti. Emergency shipments of first aid kits, bottled water, newborn kits, hygiene and cleaning kits and disaster blankets have also been sent.
GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund is supporting local and international partners’ relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean and the United States.
Global Links is helping affected communities in Cuba.
Good360 is working with partner organizations to help people in the U.S. affected by the storm.
Handicap International continues to work in Haiti and Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Heart to Heart International is helping people in Haiti and the U.S.
International Emergency and Development Aid distributed over 600 tarps to 300 families in Haiti.
International Orthodox Christian Charities has deployed members of its Emergency Response Network “Frontliners” to provide trauma counseling to survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
International Rescue Committee is distributing emergency supplies, repairing latrines and scaling up cholera prevention activities in Haiti.
Lions Clubs International Foundation has issued a $100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant, in addition to making emergency grants available for Lions to provide relief in hard-hit areas.
Mennonite Central Committee response is being planned with Haitian partner organizations and will include distribution of relief kits sent earlier in anticipation of the hurricane season.
Operation Blessing International is on the ground in New Jersey assessing the damage, setting up mobile kitchens, removing debris, and transporting emergency relief supplies. The organization is also responding in Haiti.
AID FOR ANIMALS, VIA WORLDVETS/ VETSTREET:
Lost and Found (all affected areas): A Facebook group called “Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets” is trying to facilitate reunions of pets and their owners by giving people a place to share photos and information. It already has more than 7,200 likes. Many of the pets disappeared when doors or gates blew open in the high winds, or when they slipped out of their collars.
Left-Behind Pets (NY): For New York City evacuees who need to report pets who were left at home during the storm, call the city’s hotline at 347-573-1561.
Volunteer at a Shelter (all affected areas): Inundated with displaced animals and with facilities that suffered the effects of the storm too, many shelters could use a few extra hands. Petfinder has rounded up shelters in need of assistance, or you can search for one near you that you can call to ask if they need help by using the ASPCA’s find a shelter tool.
Stay Up to Date on Twitter (all affected areas): The Twitter hashtag #sandypets is curating tweets from shelters and rescue organizations about how volunteers can help.
Spread the Word (PA): The Red Paw Relief Team, which works in conjunction with the Red Cross, is on the scene in Philadelphia and sharing information about the displaced pets they’re helping on their Facebook page.
Donate (MD): Some groups have expressed a dire need, such as the Baltimore Humane Society, where power had been out for days, leaving animals cold and in the dark. In addition, their pet food and cat litter delivery has been canceled for the week. The group has several needs, including donations of food, time and money. You can donate here and find out more information on their web site.
Donate (NJ): The Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, N.J., is in a similar situation, without power or deliveries. They will be collecting food and cat litter donations on Thursday.
Donate (all affected areas): Text ANIMALS to 20222 to donate $10 to Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund or text PREVENT to 25383 to donate $10 to help the ASPCA’s animal rescue efforts.
Donate (all affected areas): PetSmart Charities, which is funded by donations, plans to distribute supplies to animal welfare organizations across the northeastern U.S. through a temporary distribution center, and expects to provide relief to 3,000 to 6,000 pets in need. You can support the program by making a donation online or calling 1-800-423-PETS.
Donate (all affected areas): Petco is running its annual National Pet Food Drive now through Nov. 11. Its program allows individual stores to choose where the food is most needed.
Donate (all affected areas): The American Humane Society’s 82-foot Red Star Rescue Rig, a mobile command center, was sent to New Jersey from its base in Pennsylvania to help animals in need. You can donate to their efforts through their web site.