On Sunday, the Queens Museum of Art hosted an open house fundraiser event for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, an organization they chose because, not only has RWA contributed to urgent relief and recovery efforts since Sandy, but “they are smart, committed, and on the Rockaway Peninsula for the long haul.” The theme of the event – “Revive, Renew, Rebuild” – was carried out in creative ways by a collection of artists, businesses, museum professionals, and other community members.
Well, it’s been now over a week (closer to a week and a half) since Hurricane Sandy hit. How are you doing these days? Is your power and/or internet back on? Have you been able to take care of that which is needed to get assistance? Have you been able to clean up if you sustained damage? How is your family doing? We are hopeful that you and yours are ok. Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity.
As we mentioned yesterday, there was FEMA hope for the Rockaways in the form of a visit from the agency, and that is exactly what happened – Administrator Craig Fugate did visit the area on Sunday, according to the FEMA blog:
Administrator Fugate then traveled to Breezy Point, Queens to survey the ongoing response and recovery efforts in the borough. FEMA teams are on the ground there registering survivors for financial assistance from FEMA. It’s important to remember that the first step to receive financial assistance is to register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or visiting www.dissasterassistance.gov on a computer or mobile device.
As of this afternoon, more than 182,000 people have registered with FEMA and over $158 million has been approved.
The Administrator then drove to Rockaway, Queens to survey the response and recovery efforts. There, FEMA staff, the National Guard, New York Fire Department and New York Police Department, and private sector cell phone companies, were all working together to support disaster survivors. By far, the largest effort has been neighbors helping neighbors clean out homes and start down the road to recovery together.
Also in Rockaway, the Administrator stopped by a FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center, where survivors can find out about the federal financial assistance programs that are available. The center was being manned by FEMA staff as well as FEMACorps members (you can find out more about FEMACorps here).
Finally, the Administrator stopped by the Community Church of Nazarene in Far Rockaway, where Rev. Dr. Les Mullings and Congressman Gregory Meeks showed the Administrator around the congregation which was working tirelessly taking in and distributing clothing, as well as serving hot meals to disaster survivors.
Hurricane Sandy surivors were feeling forgotten after days of no visits from FEMA, though parts of the peninsula were helped out by the National Guard, the Navy, and in Broad Channel a self-organized community police department also helped out their community.