World Cares Center continues to work with Long Term Recovery Committees throughout the boroughs of New York, including Staten Island, Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, and the Rockaways. In the last two months, we’ve partner with Catholic Charities, local faith-based groups, the Red Cross, FEMA, and community members to write bylaws, assign committee work, and discuss the long-term impact and recovery from Sandy and the preparation needed to head off future storm damage. Here’s a recap, borough by borough, of our work with LTRCs:
· Groups in attendance include secular and faith-based groups representing Canarsie, Gerritsen Beach, and Coney Island, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, FEMA, Occupy Sandy, WCC, and representatives from the Brooklyn Borough President’s office
· Chair: Reverend Cheryl Anthony
· Bylaws Committee - drafting regulations for the group with assistance from attorney’s at the Lawyer’s Alliance
· Discussion about options for incorporation and gaining 501(c) (3) status
· Establishing effective communication and collaboration between groups working in the same neighborhoods
· Next Meeting: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:30am at St. Marks United Methodist Church (2017 Beverly Rd, Brooklyn)
· Groups in attendance include Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Occupy Sandy, WCC, FEMA, and representatives of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC).
· Working to organize outreach efforts by coordinating the efforts of groups providing Sandy relief to Lower Manhattan
· Next Meeting TBD – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· Over 80 participants and 40 organizations are in attendance. Attendees include representatives from FEMA, State Senator Savino’s office, the Local Assemblymen’s office, the City Comptroller’s office, nonprofit organizations, WCC, grassroots organizations (Occupy Sandy and Sandy Yellow Team), faith-based organizations, and neighborhood alliances
· Chair: Reverend Terry Troia (Staten Island Clergy Leadership and Project Hospitality)
· Incorporation and 501 (c) (3) status pending, formally named the Staten Island Community and Interfaith Long Term Recovery Organization
· Case Management and Coordination of data to ensure needs assessment information is organized and an efficient referral process is supported
· Immigrant Affairs – working to inform immigrants of their qualification rights with FEMA and reduce language barriers to accurate information
· Mold Remediation – Standardize safety and procedural practices, identify and coordinate resources, and discuss the possibility of an official mold remediation certificate for use in rebuilding safely after complete mold elimination
· Disaster Preparedness – Long-term preparedness training and planning for future storms
· Rebuilding – Communicating information related to safe rebuilding including information on building codes, elevation requirements, and rebuilding in areas in and around wetlands and designating wetlands boundaries
· Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12pm at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island (312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island) – note: meetings are held every Wednesday at alternate times- 12pm or 5pm)
Rockaway and Broad Channel:
· Agencies and organizations in attendance include Ready Rockaway, Red Cross, FEMA, Catholic Charities, Project Hope, Occupy Sandy, Respond and Rebuild, WCC, Friends of Rockaway , the Mamas Network, New York Cares, Habitat for Humanity, Rockaway Emergency Support Team (REST) and the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (RDRC).
· Chair: Dr. Edward Williams (Ready Rockaway)
· Mission: to provide collaboration, resource identification, and allocation and advocacy for individuals and families who reside in the Rockaways and Broad Channel areas affected by Superstorm Sandy and all hazardous disasters.
· Bylaws are in final draft form and have been accepted by the Steering Committee
· Next Meeting: Thursday, February 28th at 6:30pm at the Battalion Church (454 Beach 67th Street, 2nd floor, Rockaway Peninsula)
· Community Assessment – Understanding the geographical layout of the Rockaways, creating an assessment form to gather information on community needs, strategizing communication methods for outreach
· Construction Coordination – Discussing the impact of base flood elevation requirements on rebuilding, identifying sources for materials and services needed for rebuilding
· Case Management – Creating a master list of resources and using data systems to catalogue them, streamlining resource management