From the attacks of 9/11 to the Haitian Earthquake to the Japanese tsunami, World Cares Center has worked in support of the affected communities to empower them to respond safety and effectively.
Superstorm Sandy, the soon to be called “perfect storm”, hit on October 29, 2012, and the northeastern United States, specifically New York and New Jersey found themselves in the crosshairs of the largest Atlantic storm ever recorded. Aided by a full moon tide, the storm swept ashore with a rage and power that terribly impacted these areas.
When the winds died down and the waters calmed, residents were confronted with a level of destruction most Americans, especially those living in the northeast, had never experienced.
Residences and businesses were under water. Vehicles were swallowed by flood water, not that they could use the roads, which were obstructed. Traffic signals were not functioning. Residents were without power. Rail lines were flooded leaving the NYC Subway immobilized and literally dead in its tracks. Commuter ferries were unable to function. Supermarkets were stripped bare of food. Lines had formed at gas stations. President Barack Obama declared the northeast a major disaster area, which authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deploy personnel and resources to assist the states help their citizens in obtaining shelter, while restoring public safety and planning for long-term recovery.
But you were there! Not only did you live through it, you emerged as ready responders helping your neighbors respond to and recover from the storm. World Cares Center was also right there with you, immediately mobilizing volunteers, and providing support and services to the vulnerable populations. With the development of two Volunteer Coordination and Resiliency Centers (VCRC), one in Staten Island and the Rockaways, together with many of you, WCC was able to provide sleeping bags, blankets, bottled water, hygiene kits and emergency tools directly into the hands of over 5,000 residents. In partnership with NYC’s Department for the Aging, WCC also delivered meals to homebound seniors. When the waters receded, WCC sprung into action to help homeowners clear out and treat approximately 1,400 homes for mold.
WCC continues to train thousands of volunteers and local residents and volunteers to reclaim their homes safely and effectively as it is our overall belief that an empowered and prepared community is our best chance of winning the battle against any future disaster.
We are only 3 weeks away from what is shaping up to be an extraordinary event to benefit Superstorm Sandy Survivors - the Iron Skillet® Cook-Off (ISCO)! This event was created shortly after 9/11 as a tribute to first responders including, rescue workers, volunteers and the NYC Firefighters and has evolved into one of NYC’s hottest and not-to-be-missed events honoring everyday heroes! At ISCO, FDNY chefs have an opportunity to match their well-honed and well-touted cooking skills against renowned NYC restaurant chefs and what a “heated competition” this turns out to be. On October 28th at Providence, NYC (311 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019) from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, we will witness another extraordinary battle between New York’s Bravest and New York’s restaurant chefs for the coveted crown of “Top Iron Skillet Chef”. This year’s amazing contenders for the crown are:
Queens Firefighter Joseph Chiodi of Engine 262 VS. Chef Paul Denamiel of Le Rivage
Staten Island Firefighter Sal De Paola of Engine 160 VS. Chef Philip Meoli of Brooklyn Pub
Brooklyn Firefighter Scott Gaffney of Ladder 156 VS. Chef Robert Flowers of Aramark
Manhattan Firefighter Thomas Peccia of Ladder 2 VS. Chef Jeff Haskell of City Winery
Bronz Firefighter Joey O’Rourke of Engine 63 VS. Chef Carsten Johannsen of Commerce Restaurant
WCC is honored to not only have the support and participation of these amazing chefs but will also have co-emcees Valerie Smaldone, media personality and John Sterling, legendary sportscaster and New York Yankees play-by-play commentator, who will add their infectious personalities and award-winning style to this event. These notable faces will be joined by a host of celebrities as the evening’s judges. Sukanya Krishnan, reporter and host of WPIX 11; Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr.; former New York Jets running back Freeman McNeil; Thomas Huff, former Washington Redskins offensive guard and Ben Aaron, reporter for NBC’s New York Live will help determine which dish outshines the rest.
With the ongoing support and commitment of our valued sponsors, the ISCO event is sold out for this year but it is not too late for you to show your commitment to communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy by becoming their champion. Please visit our website and check out the available underwriting/gifts in kind sponsorship opportunities and have your logo seen by hundreds of attendees at: http://www.worldcares.org/content/events/ISCO-2013.
Cares Center (WCC) is pleased to announce the release of our new Rapid Data
Management System (RDMS) as a benefit to our service partners. This
initiative will enable WCC’s partner organizations and Long Term Recovery
Committees (LTRCs) the use of the RDMS platform, simplifying work processes,
and providing the capability to easily capture critically needed structure and
accurate field-data, that is vital to successful disaster response and
RDMS is a flexible and adaptable field-data solution, which provides the
ability for both immediate responders, and long-term recovery service providers
to quickly and accurately collect the needs assessments, create volunteer work
orders, and manage volunteer work flow. RDMS is an easy-to-use,
intuitive, graphical user interface, with 100% real-time two way communication
and a workflow rules-engine that guarantees structured data validation and
improved accuracy in the data collection process, complete with Global
Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integrated
WCC offers the RDMS technology free-of-charge to its partners in support of the
Superstorm Sandy recovery effort and future disaster response efforts that are
conducted in partnership with WCC and its volunteer coordination efforts.
ur Staten Island team was excited to receive and welcome the eleven-person NYS Fits volunteer team to work with World Cares Center (WCC) and our partners for two weeks in September. NYS Fits is a volunteer team of construction professionals and enthusiasts from upstate New York and areas of Pennsylvania who dedicate their free time to rebuilding homes after disasters. Through WCC’s partnership with Guyon Rescue, NYS Fits was able to help rebuild the interior of three (3) homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy. We are very grateful to NYS Fits for the amazing work they were able to complete with us, and we are also thankful for all of our returning volunteer groups. In September we also had the pleasure of working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in a “pilot run” for improved coordination between Disaster Case Management and the Rebuild & Mold Remediation subcommittee of the SI LTRO. It went wonderfully due, in large part, to their expertise, professionalism, and compassion! WCC was also honored to partner with Engineers Without Borders, Non-traditional Employment for Women, and St. John’s University. These volunteer teams demonstrated great enthusiasm, caring, and dedication by providing muck-out, mold remediation, and yard clean-up services for homeowners affected by Sandy in Staten Island.
Our Queens and Brooklyn team was thrilled to work with a group of 46 PDA volunteers from Maryland and Oregon. WCC was able to provide this group with safety and flood training, personal protective equipment, tools, client coordination, and site management which empowered them to do amazing work in both the Rockaways and in Brooklyn. More than five (5) homes and one (1) community center received much needed assistance during PDA’s time of service. In partnership with New York Restoration Project, WCC and St. John’s TKE fraternity helped to plant hundreds of trees and flowers in a particularly affected area in Rockaway Park, Queens.
Our thanks go out to all our valued volunteers and their commitment to helping others affected by Superstorm Sandy through their work during this recovery period. We would not be able to do it without you - your time has been incredible and priceless - Thank you!
acknowledges that a significant aspect of recovery is building community
resiliency. With that in mind, we have expanded our theme of “Recommit to
Recovery” to include efforts in preparedness and resiliency. World Cares
Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with New York City Housing
Authority (NYCHA). In conjunction with the Lower East Side Long-Term
Recovery Group (LES LTRG), who will be assessing unmet needs of the affected
communities in NYC’s Community Board 3, WCC will be delivering preparedness
trainings in five (5) locations throughout lower Manhattan, specifically
addressing three (3) NYCHA resident complexes. WCC’s comprehensive
disaster preparedness trainings address the needs of communities at risk from
disasters with the purpose of assisting these communities in planning
effectively for emergencies at the local level. The trainings will be held
throughout the month of November and focus on preparedness at the individual,
family, and community level.
To learn more about our trainings, please visit worldcares.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dry ice can be a very valuable commodity after incidents of natural disasters and power outages sweep through our communities. In a time of upheaval, having a block of dry ice proves immensely helpful to assist individuals and families preserve perishable items in their refrigerators.
World Cares Center (WCC) is proud to announce our expanded partnership with Con Edison to distribute dry ice in times of disaster. After almost a decade of support, Con Edison is working with WCC to supplement our training curricula to include a Dry Ice Delivery Safety Training.
Together Con Edison and WCC will train, equip and deploy volunteers to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations through the distribution of dry ice in the event of a storm or any other calamity which may result in the outage of electric, gas and/or steam.
Together, we can ensure that our communities are getting the help that they need.
From Cuba to the U.S. and then she was in Herald Square! To mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Diana Nyad swam to raise funds for the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief. In a 48-hour continuous “Swim for Relief,” Ms. Nyad helped shed light on the ongoing need for recovery and relief in the wake of the superstorm.
As beneficiaries of AmeriCares ongoing support, World Cares Center was delighted and honored that Diana bought her voice and message of perseverance to so worthy a cause, as WCC also strives to help individuals and families still trying to recover from the aftermath of this historic storm.
WCC staff and volunteers dove-in to help lend their support to Diana as she made her way through the 40-yard, two-lane pool installed in Herald Square, where revelers and the public came to witness this amazing feat of physical, mental and emotional endurance.
Through the Atlantic, and into our hearts, this persevering long-distance swimmer had a message we can all believe in.
World Cares Center is very proud of our partnership with Peaceboat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV). Peaceboat, founded in 1983, is a non-profit that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. They are in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and carry out their main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world, creating a neutral, mobile space enabling people to engage across borders in dialogue with civil society organizations around the world.
During the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Peaceboat volunteers served as logistics coordinators and on-site volunteer coordinators, assisting with management of critical data, arranging schedules, delivering briefings and supervising field teams. On October 2, 2013, Peaceboat’s President, Takashi Yamamoto and WCC’s Executive Director and Founder, Lisa Orloff, signed a partnership agreement, the first step in international disaster relief joint efforts. www.peaceboat.org