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InterAction members respond to Hurricane Sandy
WASHINGTON (Nov. 1, 2012) ― InterAction members are responding to help communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, both in the United States and in Caribbean nations, which also bore the brunt of the massive storm. Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean and the United States over the past week, leaving devastation and tragedy in its wake and killing more than 100 people from the U.S. Eastern seaboard to Haiti and Cuba. “This storm created havoc for tens of millions of people, devastated communities and left many homeless. InterAction’s members are working alongside other organizations and agencies to help rebuild people’s lives and give relief to those most in need,” said InterAction President and CEO Samuel A. Worthington. InterAction is an alliance of nearly 200 U.S.-based international NGOs. Members responding to Hurricane Sandy include: 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. American Red Cross is working across the region, offering shelter, supplies and assistance. AmeriCares, working with partners, is offering medical assistance and supplies in Haiti and the U.S. 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 Medical Corps is responding in Haiti and is monitoring the situation in the U.S. in the event that critical gaps need to be filled 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. Operation USA is providing relief in Haiti and Cuba and is also assessing what is needed in the Eastern United States. Outreach Aid to the Americas is responding to Hurricane Sandy in eastern Cuba. Oxfam America is responding in Haiti, focusing strengthening heath programs and preventing cholera. Save the Children USA has deployed emergency response teams to the hardest hit areas of New
Jersey and New York. ShelterBox is coordinating a response in the Caribbean, with particular attention on Haiti and Cuba. United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners in the Northeastern United States, Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas, and Jamaica. The organization has so far provided $50,000 in emergency grants to church networks covering five U.S. states. World Concern is helping those affected in Haiti and assisting those affected in the U.S. through partner organizations. World Renew is helping people in Haiti, New York, and New Jersey recover from the hurricane. World Vision is responding with emergency relief supplies and gearing up for long-term assistance. Disaster Response Teams are assessing needs and damage in New York, New Jersey, and Kentucky with a focus on the needs of children. Zakat Foundation of America is working with FEMA to supply people affected by Hurricane Sandy with food packages.
InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 190 members. Our members operate in every developing country, working with local communities to overcome poverty and suffering by helping to improve their quality of life. Visit www.interaction.org.
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