Emergency and Assistive Services in Response to Hurricane Sandy
November 2, 2012
The impact of Hurricane Sandy to the residents of the mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, and Midwestern United States has been devastating. MSAA’s staff is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life as well as the destruction of personal possessions, homes, and businesses, caused by this storm. Power outages, gas shortages, and other loss of basic services continue to disrupt the lives of millions of people – and these effects are particularly urgent to individuals with disabilities. With this in mind, we hope that the following information may be of help to members of the MS community in need.
For individuals who either lost medication or lost power and were not able to keep medication cold (if required), the following pharmaceutical information may be of assistance. Specific notes listed were provided to MSAA by the individual pharmaceutical companies. MSAA will update this listing as more information becomes available.
To see a full listing of pharmaceutical assistance programs and their contact information, please visit http://www.mymsaa.org/about-ms/sources/
The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Community Food Banks, State Offices of Emergency, Disaster Centers, and other organizations (such as the United Methodist Committee on Relief) are set up throughout the country to assist people in crisis. Contact information for these services is available through telephone information or by searching the internet. To follow are some specific contacts for these services.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org; 1-800-RED CROSS or (800) 733-2767
Salvation Army: www.salvationarmyusa.org
State Offices of Emergency Management:
*Article from the United Methodist Committee on Relief on how to help in a disaster:
FBI TIP PAGE on how to avoid disaster relief donation scams: http://www.ic3.gov/media/2011/110311.aspx
New Jersey and New York were among some of the states most severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. To follow are some state services that may be of assistance.
NJ State office of Emergency:
NJ Disaster Center provides links to federal, state and disaster centers and resources:
Community Food Bank of New Jersey (food resources, in coordination with FEMA): (908) 355-FOOD
NYC Food Bank is also helping in relief efforts: http://www.foodbanknyc.org/
For more information or assistance, individuals with MS, family members, and other members of the MS community may contact MSAA's Helpline at (800) 532-7667, or email MSAA at: MSquestions@mymsaa.org.
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