Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery

Vencuss At Work on Sandy Recovery Ministry

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

October 07, 2013

  September 1, 2013 Dear Friends,                                                                                          It is with a profound sense of gratitude and privilege that I find myself back in the New York Conference after nearly three years in Haiti, serving now as the coordinator of disaster recovery ministries. Wendy and I (and our Haitian dog, Blackie) returned at the end of July and I formally assumed work on August 12. We have taken up residence in the Bellmore, N.Y., ...

United Methodists Invest in Sandy Recovery

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

May 07, 2013

To help the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, UMCOR has allocated much of the $8.35 million it had received in Sandy donations by early March. On April 12, UMCOR directors approved $3 million grants to both the New York and Greater New Jersey conferences, to be delivered in six-month installments. The Peninsula-Delaware Conference received $500,000 for its Sandy recovery work in Somerset County, Md. Another $500,000, not yet approved, has been earmarked for the Methodist Church of Cuba, which is preparing its grant proposal.

FEMA Deadline Extended Once Again to April 13th

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

April 04, 2013

New York survivors have until April 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and return their applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click title to read more.

Children's Disaster Services Training

March 29, 2013

Caring for children after a disaster brings new volunteers to disaster work, often drawing from teachers and child care providers and others who work with children, according to Children’s Disaster Services. If you’ve thought about how a disaster affects children and have wanted to help, this May workshop is a unique opportunity to find out what Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is all about and possibly to become a volunteer. Click title to read more.

NY Sandy-related NFIP Flood Claims

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

March 04, 2013

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers have filed claims for flood insurance. While many policy holders have received satisfactory settlements, others may not have. Policy holders who still have open claims should consider taking the following steps. Click title to read more.

Support from Virginia

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

February 21, 2013

The Brooklyn Disaster Response Office recently received a boost for its work from the Virginia Annual Conference when we were loaned one of their tool trailers. Click title to read more...

Hurricane Sandy: Support Groups Help Heal Invisible Scars

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

February 19, 2013

While homes damaged in Superstorm Sandy are being repaired and renovated, homeowners and their families must also deal with the psychological damage the disaster may have left behind.

Volunteers Come to Help From Far and Wide

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

February 19, 2013

Out-of-state volunteer teams continue to help in the local relief effort. Here are thoughts from three teams about their time in New York:

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