Sandy response update

By: Portlight , 9:17 PM GMT on October 23, 2012

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Your support is making a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities in the aftermath of Sandy. regular updates on our work are posted to www.portlight.org

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Nick Dupree and Alejandra Ospina need your help.

Both Nick and Alejandra have disabilities and use wheelchairs. Nick is dependent on a ventilator. They live in a 12th floor apartment in lower Manhattan and have no power or running water, and very intermittent cell phone service.

They are in desperate need of wheelchair/marine batteries to power Nick's ventilator and related equipment, as well as another inverter and battery charger.

They have a brigade of people hauling the batteries up and down the twelve stories to take the batteries off site to charge them, but need more batteries.

Going to a hospital is not a viable option, as it is very difficult and life threatening to move Nick.

Nick and Alejandra are very active advocates for people with disabilities in New York and around the country, and need the community's support during this disaster.

Let's help keep these folks alive!!!

Please....Give early...and give often...PayPal button @ www.portlight.org

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We will be focusing our response efforts exclusively on the post Sandy neeeds of people with disabilities.

Initially, we are assessing needs of durable medical equipment...and helping to facilitate housing/shelter needs.

The situation is fluid...and will become more clear shortly. But we know these will be critical areas to address.

As you make our response possible, we want to keep you posted.

The needs will be great.

Please give as you feel led. Contributions can be made using the PayPal button @ www.portlight.org

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Attention everyone! Just because someone tells you a shelter is accessible does not mean it's accessible!!! Do your homework! And trust no one!! Please let me know personally of any shelter accessibility issues you run into. We have some systems in place to help you address this. And PLEASE POST THIS FAR AND WIDE!!!!

We are fielding calls for help from people all throughout the impact area. And we're working with shelter operators to ensure accessibility.

Please remember: Your support makes this work possible. Please give as you can at the PayPal button @ www.portlight.org

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We are keeping a close eye on TS Sandy (with the help of our friends @ www.wunderground.com) and will be prepared to respond as needed if she causes trouble.

We are also planning to deliver Christmas presents to Mississippi Gulf coast survivors of hurricane Isaac. While the plight of these folks has long ago fallen from popular view...the needs remain great.

Our work is possible only through your continued support.

Thank you for your ongoing faith in our efforts.

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12. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:29 AM GMT on November 12, 2012
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11. Patrap
3:40 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
For some living in the disaster zone, it has all been too much.

When a team of medics and national guardsmen turned up at Sheila Goldberg's apartment tower in Far Rockaway on Friday to check on the well-being of residents, floor by floor, the 75-year-old burst into tears and begged for help caring for her 85-year-old husband.

"This is a blessing. I'm at my wit's end," she sobbed.

Her husband, Irwin, has a pacemaker, wears a colostomy bag, and needs her help to do almost everything. When the power was on, Goldberg said, "I could take care of him by myself and survive." But for days, the building had no heat or electricity. There were no open stores to buy food. Until the end of the week, there was no water or elevators either, meaning residents like the Goldbergs, on the 25th floor, had to cart water up the steps themselves just to flush the toilet. A bad stench permeates much of the building.

"I'm running out of my blood pressure medication. We're both going to drop dead in this apartment," Sheila said. The medical team said it would make arrangements to transfer Irwin to a medical facility, at least temporarily.
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10. Patrap
3:40 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Sandy Gas Rationing: Post-Hurricane Challenges Continue As New Jersey And New York Recover From Storm

NEW YORK — Some of society's most vulnerable people – the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill – have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The storm didn't just knock out electricity and destroy property when it came ashore in places like the Far Rockaway section of Queens. It disrupted the fragile support networks that allowed the neighborhood's frailest residents to get by.

Here, the catastrophe has closed pharmacies, kept home care aids from getting to elderly clients and made getting around in a wheelchair impossible. The city has recorded at least two deaths of older men in darkened buildings.

For some living in the disaster zone, it has all been too much.

When a team of medics and national guardsmen turned up at Sheila Goldberg's apartment tower in Far Rockaway on Friday to check on the well-being of residents, floor by floor, the 75-year-old burst into tears and begged for help caring for her 85-year-old husband.

"This is a blessing. I'm at my wit's end," she sobbed.

Her husband, Irwin, has a pacemaker, wears a colostomy bag, and needs her help to do almost everything. When the power was on, Goldberg said, "I could take care of him by myself and survive." But for days, the building had no heat or electricity. There were no open stores to buy food. Until the end of the week, there was no water or elevators either, meaning residents like the Goldbergs, on the 25th floor, had to cart water up the steps themselves just to flush the toilet. A bad stench permeates much of the building.

"I'm running out of my blood pressure medication. We're both going to drop dead in this apartment," Sheila said. The medical team said it would make arrangements to transfer Irwin to a medical facility, at least temporarily.

City and federal officials, and a growing army of volunteers, are trying hard to make sure families like that don't fall into despair. Their efforts come alongside relief workers, donations, volunteers and demolition crews who flocked to New York and New Jersey in recent days to assist in the massive cleanup. The region took a few more steps to move past the storm Saturday, when power was restored for many more and gas rationing eased some of the clogged lines at stations in New York.

Paramedics from all over the country, including the ones that found the Goldbergs, fanned out across the Rockaways this weekend to check on shut-ins and anyone else who might need help.

The idea was to find people who "sheltered in place" during the storm, who might need assistance, said Nancy Clark, an assistant commissioner in the city's health department.

The going was slow. In their first three hours, the teams had gone through five high-rise towers. Several people were taken to the hospital. Others were hooked up with water, food, blankets, or needed prescription medications.

Two floors below the Goldbergs, medics from South Carolina found Daisy Nixon, 70, slumped in a chair under a pile of blankets. A diabetic and a victim of two strokes, she was suffering from an untreated dislocated shoulder injured before the storm. Nate Thompson, an EMT, checked her blood glucose levels and found them troublingly high.

"It's been cold. Lord, have mercy," Nixon said. She said she was also having trouble breathing at night. When Thompson said he would get her an ambulance, Nixon was overjoyed.

"Can I kiss you? Don't you walk away from me," she said, and planted a smooch on his cheek.

Another neighborhood resident, Joseph Williams, said that the home care aide who normally helps look after his 27-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair, hasn't been able to visit since the storm. After days of trying to take care of him himself, in a flooded high-rise with no utilities, Williams gave up and carried him down seven flights, so he could be evacuated to Brooklyn.

Yet, there were rays of hope amid the gloom. In Newark, N.J., an Amtrak train arrived pulling a box car filled with donations from New Orleans.

Fuel lines in the region remained long, but were only a shade of the nightmare they had been in recent days. Some gas stations on Staten Island had 20 cars in line Saturday afternoon.

In Staten Island's waterlogged New Dorp section, volunteers walked in knots, often carrying shovels and pails with the price tags still on them. A Boy Scout troop served hot dogs and grilled cheese. People pushed grocery carts filled with food and bottled water. On one sidewalk, a generator was hooked up to a popcorn maker, spilling a fresh batch into a bowl.

Mandie Collins and Mary Lou Sabatini, from the West Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island, cooked a turkey and ham, and walked door to door with coolers offering sandwiches.

"It's surreal," Collins said. "I lived down the block before. I passed by my old apartment and it's gone."

Utility companies have made progress restoring power. Most service was expected to be restored in New Jersey over the weekend, and the utility that serves New York City and suburban Westchester County said it has restored electricity to 98 percent of the 1 million homes and businesses that lost power in the storm and a subsequent nor'easter.

Power problems remained unresolved on New York's Long Island, where about 300 people staged an angry protest at an office of the beleaguered Long Island Power Authority. Nearly 138,000 of its customers still didn't have power Saturday, LIPA said.

Amid the drudgery and heartbreak of cleanup came one special moment for Joanne McClenin, who had 5 feet of water in Staten Island home.

On Wednesday, her husband returned to their house to find someone had placed Joanne's 1930 baptism certificate from St. Anthony's Church in Manhattan. It had a smudge of mud on it.

The certificate had been stored in a file cabinet of her late parents' belongings, stored in a shed in their yard. The water from Sandy swept it away.

"It felt like my father was watching me," she said.

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Associated Press writers David Bauder, Verena Dobnik and Mae Anderson contributed to this report.


Boats and docks damaged by Hurricane Sandy are seen at the Mansion Marinia on the shores of the Great Kills community November 7, 2012 on Staten Island, New York. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced a limited evacuation of some neighborhoods ahead of harsh weather barreling toward a city still recovering from superstorm Sandy. The national weather service forecast heavy rain and likely snow on Wednesday and Thursday,
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9. presslord
9:36 PM GMT on November 05, 2012
Quoting TxKeef:
Portlight is now on Hilton Hotels Worldwide official donation portal. I hope that this helps!

Thank ya'll for doing what you do.


That's really cool!!! Much thanks!!
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8. TxKeef
4:36 PM GMT on November 05, 2012
Portlight is now on Hilton Hotels Worldwide official donation portal. I hope that this helps!

Thank ya'll for doing what you do.
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7. presslord
4:31 PM GMT on November 05, 2012
Quoting kwgirl:
I was torn as to where I would donate and decided that your efforts are more targeted to the most needy. Thank you for helping. Now I feel that I am on your team. Sorry it couldn't be more.


You ARE on the team!! Many thanks!!!!
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6. kwgirl
2:39 PM GMT on November 05, 2012
I was torn as to where I would donate and decided that your efforts are more targeted to the most needy. Thank you for helping. Now I feel that I am on your team. Sorry it couldn't be more.
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5. Some1Has2BtheRookie
9:13 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Quoting katlbeach:
The company I work for is matching donations for Sandy Relief to the organization of choice for employees. I have forwarded the Portlight site and info to my entire division and am hoping we can get the word out on all that you do to the entire corporation. Hopefully we'll get you some $$'s:-]

In the meantime, praying for you'all


I almost feel embarrassed that I can only "plus" this once.
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4. katlbeach
8:39 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
The company I work for is matching donations for Sandy Relief to the organization of choice for employees. I have forwarded the Portlight site and info to my entire division and am hoping we can get the word out on all that you do to the entire corporation. Hopefully we'll get you some $$'s:-]

In the meantime, praying for you'all
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3. presslord
12:09 AM GMT on November 01, 2012
Quoting TxKeef:
Just to give ya'll a heads up.
I work for Hilton and they have a corporate responsibility portal where team members can find charitable organizations that they can either donate to or volunteer for.

I have submitted Port Light to see if they would add ya'll to the list for donations.

I will let you know what the response is.


Mucho thankso!!!!!
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2. TxKeef
7:31 PM GMT on October 31, 2012
Just to give ya'll a heads up.
I work for Hilton and they have a corporate responsibility portal where team members can find charitable organizations that they can either donate to or volunteer for.

I have submitted Port Light to see if they would add ya'll to the list for donations.

I will let you know what the response is.
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1. LakeWorthFinn
10:52 PM GMT on October 26, 2012
Love you guys, it's a privilege to be part of your mission. Thank you :) You ROCK!
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