Jan 23, 2013

APWA Chapters Donate for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

In the days and months following Hurricane Sandy, several  APWA Chapters and affiliated groups have stepped forward to provide donations in support for those in need in the affected areas. “Public works professionals provided immediate critical response services to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and will continue to do so over the coming  weeks, months and years of the longer term recovery,” said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. “The public works community and members have a tradition of banding together with other emergency responders to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected, and they are doing so again in response to Sandy” noted King.

In addition to the immediate public works assistance, several APWA Chapters and groups also made donations in the support of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief resulting in over $10,000 in aid. Four APWA chapters, including New England, Georgia, Newfoundland/Labrador, and the Mid-Atlantic, made donations to the cause. The APWA New England Chapter donation of $3,000 was directed to the City of Long Beach, New York Relief Fund, and it was matched by  the Norfolk-Bristol-Middlesex Highway Association of Massachusetts. TheGeorgia Chapter donated $3,000, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter $1,000 to the American Red Cross for Sandy Relief, andthe Newfoundland/Labrador Chapter’s donation of $500 was sent to Canadian Red Cross for their relief efforts in the U.S.

In addition to financial assistance, other donations were made in the form of equipment, such as the City of Roswell, Georgia’s donation of a fire truck to the Village of Island Park, New York, which had suffered a devastating loss as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The Island Park fire station had been flooded with approximately six feet of seawater that had destroyed the community’s only fire truck. This forced the community to rely on other municipalities to keep their homes and businesses safe from fire. However, with the donation of the City of Roswell’s Sutphen fire engine, Island Park will be able to use it for their community until another new truck can be purchased. The truck was also filled with donated equipment including boots, pants, hoods and other turnout gear for firefighters. The City of Roswell is also working to donate a garbage truck for the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

For those members and/or chapters and branches who are considering making a contribution to the superstorm relief efforts, donations can still be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. If you would like to donate, you can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local Red Cross chapters, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. For more APWA information on how you can help, please contact Teresa Hon at thon@apwa.net or Laura Berkey-Ames at lberkey@apwa.net.