Superstorm Sandy

Mercy Anane at CWS disaster recovery workshop.
Mercy Anane, a disaster case manager with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, N.J., makes a comment at an Oct. 25, 2013, CWS disaster recovery workshop in Hillside, N.J. Photo: Carol Fouke-Mpoyo/CWS

Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 left a trail of destruction, floods, and power outages for millions of people in the Caribbean and U.S. East Coast.

CWS is responding

In Sandy’s immediate aftermath, CWS mobilized shipments of CWS Kits and Blankets with a total value of more than $1.3 million for survivors in the United States and Caribbean.  CWS also assisted food cooperatives in northwest Haiti that sustained storm damage and sent emergency assistance to Cuba, including funding for emergency family food packages and water provision. 

CWS emergency response specialists have met with long-term recovery and other community groups and have reached more than 1,200 participants with disaster recovery workshops in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia.  With funding from constituents and the American Red Cross, CWS’s goal is 105 trainings and 60 in-person consultation meetings in Sandy-affected states by May 31, 2014.

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