This is the response of Staten Islanders to Sandy and the nor-easter.
A lifelong Staten Island resident, Gennaro, is recruiting volunteers for the local Brown Cross and the Gateway Rotary Foundation to organize supply posts and dispatches along the island. So far, they have an estimated 2,000 volunteers, many contractors, who are taking matters into their own hands by fixing homes, draining basements, and clearing debris.
We are not leaving our properties for other people to rebuild. There is nowhere for these people to go. You have to rebuild quickly. We got to get back up.
This is private citizens and private enterprise acting first. Government has a role, but it must come second.
Indeed, the promised Federal and state help has been notably absent from Staten Island—even that second-place role is going unfulfilled. Without making judgments on the Federal or state agencies, they will always be late to the crisis relief and recovery effort. Government performance on Staten Island simply emphasizes the necessity, as well as the morality, of local community response first and promptly. Only those on the scene can act quickly.
These folks could still use lots of help, though.
Gennaro says they are in need of building supplies—not food—and private donations that can go directly to families. He guarantees 90% will go directly to buying warehouse and building materials. Things like electrical panels, circuit breakers, sheet rock, roofing, boilers, etc.
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