Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane SandyCOH recently established and managed four major relief distribution centers in conjunction with the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church among the hardest hit areas of Rockaway, N.Y. Our organizational presence included four 4,000 sq. ft. tents that were erected and maintained through COH-sourced contributions. Once in place, the COH partnered with the American Red Cross, the New York Army National Guard and others to provide 150,000 hot meals, fuel and 1,450 tons of supplies.

COH has also partnered with Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) – an international non-profit, non-governmental organization – to stop the spread of toxic mold growth in areas affected by the flooding that resulted from Hurricane Sandy. COH is working to advocate and publicize the need for professional mold abatement programs, provide the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with reports on ongoing efforts and conditions, and secure mold testing kits. The partnership between COH and IRUSA will provide critical support for occupants of uninsured properties affected by mold growth. It will enable affected residents that cannot afford professional mold remediation to safely return to sanitary homes, as well as improve conditions for volunteers and contractors living and working in toxic environments caused by the mold growth.

Additionally, COH recently held the Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Resources Conference with federal, state and local governmental officials with strong attendance and participation from community leaders and members. 

We recently hosted an event in Rockaway, N.Y., for residents and business owners impacted by Super storm Sandy to hear from community leaders, public agencies and experts about the resources available to assist them with rebuilding and recovery. This is what they told us.