November 7, 2012
Dear Families and Friends,
I hope this note finds you and your family safe following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who tragically lost loved ones and those whose homes were destroyed or damaged by fire and flooding.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, Governor Malloy and Governor Cuomo, much progress has been made in coordinating with local, state and federal agencies in the recovery effort. As happened after the attacks on 9/11, thousands of rescue workers and volunteers have traveled from around the country to provide assistance to those in need. It has been heartwarming to witness once again the strength of the human spirit and to hear remarkable stories of bravery, caring and compassion.
As in the aftermath of 9/11, those impacted will need updated information and support services to help them with the challenges ahead. We encourage you to support the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/charitable-donations. If you have damage from the storm, be sure to register with FEMA for federal assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or by registering on their website at www.FEMA.gov.
Recognizing that many of our members live in communities directly impacted by the storm, we want to share a list of resources available to assist you. To view this list of resources for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Click Here. We will be updating our website, so feel free to send information about other resources, volunteer opportunities or materials needed for the recovery effort to Stephanie Landau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, our offices are operational and our staff is available to assist in connecting you with resources. Please contact our Connecticut office at 203-966-3911 or New Jersey office at 732-543-2300 if we can be of any assistance. We invite you to stop by our office for a hot cup of coffee, to recharge your devices or to use the internet.
Our thoughts remain with the families and communities who suffered unimaginable loss. As the nor'easter approaches we hope you and family remain safe!
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff