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[IDHS] Hoosiers Help Provide Supplies to Thousands Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Start Date: 11/16/2012
End Date: 11/16/2012
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HOOSIERS HELP PROVIDE SUPPLIES TO THOUSANDS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Long Beach, NY distribution center unable to accept further supplies; financial donations preferred

LONG BEACH— Donations have poured into the East Coast from across the U.S. following Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that devastated the region. A team of emergency management professionals from Indiana is helping local New York officials manage and distribute the donations to those in need.

The response was so great in the City of Long Beach, NY that donated goods exceeded the capacity of Long Beach City Hall. Arrangements were made to move all volunteer coordination efforts and donation collection and distribution to the city’s ice arena. At this time, the ice arena is unable to accept any further supplies.

In addition to a larger location, part of the Indiana Incident Management Team (IIMT) in the city of Long Beach, is now helping manage donation distribution and volunteer coordination.

On November 9, the Indiana Incident Management Team (IIMT) was deployed to relieve the existing Indiana team in Long Beach. The 37-person team includes public safety professionals from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana University, IDHS Districts 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, and 10, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana State Police.

Officials say the response to the disaster has been tremendous—including as many as 70 truckloads of clothing. However, the needs of survivors in the affected areas are still great. Financial donations can be made at www.longbeachny.org or sent to City of Long Beach Relief, 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561.

Financial donations to the affected city or to a trustworthy relief organization are the best way to help disaster survivors. Financial donations are more flexible than goods and more easily able to keep up with rapidly fluctuating needs.

At the Ice Arena Distribution Center, an average of 175 volunteers are assisting about 600 survivors of Hurricane Sandy every day, distributing food, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and other essential items. Officials estimate that so far, more than 8,000 individuals from Long Beach and from the surrounding communities of Brooklyn, Freeport, Oceanside and Rockaway have visited the center for supplies.

The mission of the Indiana Incident Management Team (IIMT) supports local officials in preserving the safety of the public and emergency responders, while providing for the protection of property and the community environment. The Indiana IMAT is anticipated to remain in Long Beach, NY over the Thanksgiving Holiday to assist the local residents. The team is expected to return to Indiana sometime over the weekend of November 24-25.
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