Connecticut Rises to Sandy Challenge

Connecticut Rises to Sandy Challenge

Gina Grubbs


Gina Grubbs, Project Support, NYAC Sandy Recovery

(Follow me on twitter: @gina_nyac)

Hurricane Sandy was the most destructive of the 2012 hurricane season, as well as one of the costliest ever. It’s no joke that Hurricane Sandy was nicknamed “Frankenstorm.” Although the hurricane made landfall in Brigantine, N.J., the damage spread across 24 states in the eastern United States, including Connecticut.

With much of the news focused on New Jersey and New York, residents of Connecticut were left to pick up the pieces. Survivors were devastated. They felt alone and some even felt forgotten. While agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA), long-term recovery groups, and churches have been assisting those affected, other survivors are still displaced and lack the help necessary to return to their new “normal.”

The good news is that help is out there. The New York Annual Conference is proud to be in partnership with Connecticut Rises.

Founded by representatives from local faith-based and non-profit organizations, Connecticut Rises was created to help survivors statewide with unmet needs after Hurricane Sandy. These needs can be met with funds, appliances, furniture, and volunteer work.

CT Rises is a committee of Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (CT VOAD). The purpose of CT Rises is to provide that state’s residents with a central

resource for disaster recovery efforts and assistance. While originally formed to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the committee exists to assist with any future disasters which may impact the state.

CT Rises is comprised of representatives from many organizations committed to serving the residents as they strive to recover and rise from the devastation following a disaster. Members of CT Rises work to accomplish the following mission:

  • Identify disaster-caused unmet needs of individuals and families
  • Identify available resources from voluntary organizations
  • Coordinate delivery of appropriate resources to resolve identified needs
  • Support preparedness efforts for future disasters to individuals and families

Call to action: If you know of Hurricane Sandy survivors in Connecticut who need assistance, have them call 2-1-1. This will connect them with a Connecticut Rises caseworker. This is a free service. Anybody is eligible to receive assistance if the need/damage is disaster related. CT Rises helps survivors with mold remediation, debris removal, home damage, spiritual/emotional needs and more.

As large-scale hurricanes become more common in the Northeast, Connecticut Rises along with the New York Annual Conference, will be there to aid future survivors with unmet needs throughout the state. Together we will “rise” to the challenge!