Posts Tagged ‘nor’easter’

Nervous about the Nor’easter? Catholic Charities Is Here to Help.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Whether it is Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee or now, the impending nor’easter, Catholic Charities is here to help.

Day in and day out, Catholic Charities provides a vast range of programs and services for those struggling with long-term needs or confronting sudden disaster. Our federation of agencies offers a variety of specialized assistance designed to meet individual needs, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

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Chased from their homes by Hurricane Sandy, families find shelter and safety.

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

A father whose home in Midland Beach was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy sat in the main lounge of Mt. Manresa Jesuit Retreat House’s in Staten Island on November 7, the night of the nor’easter, watching out the window as his young daughter laughed and made snowmen with other children.  Just over one week earlier, the dad huddled on his roof with his three young children while storm winds whipped around them and waves lapped their feet.

”I’m so glad she can be out here and all she’s thinking about is snow balls and snow men and going to school tomorrow,” he told the retreat house Executive Director Fred Herron.

Thirty-one families chased from their homes in Midland Beach, Staten Island, one of the neighborhood hardest hit by the super storm, have found shelter and safety at Mt. Manresa, the oldest retreat house for laity in the United States.

“People say to me that ‘I’m not Catholic but I feel special here; I feel safe here,’” Mr. Herron told Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan on JustLove, Catholic Charities weekly radio program. Listen to their conversation aired today, November 17, on Sirius XM Channel 129.

Catholic Charities Mobilizes Disaster Response Despite Nor’Easter

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Catholic Charities persisted with its disaster-relief mobilization as a nor’easter whipped through the New York region yesterday, dumped a half-foot of snow and took a sucker punch at neighborhoods still reeling from the super storm’s destruction.  Staff continued going door to door by foot and in the Catholic Charities Rusty Staub Mobile Food Pantry to hand out non-perishable food and cleaning supplies to people stricken by the storm.  Catholic Charities, teaming up with FEMA and other first responders, is also manning disaster relief centers that are being established throughout the region.


Looking for help?

  • In Westchester County, visit the Emergency Operation Center opening today, November 8, 2012, at Westchester County Center, at 198 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 10606.
  • In Staten Island, visit the Disaster Assistance Service Center at  Mission of the Immaculate Virgin (MIV) Mount Loretto at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at Sharrotts Road in Staten Island, NY  10309.

Need advise with photos to prepare for an insurance claim?

  • When possible, take photos of all destroyed property BEFORE you begin reconstruction
  • If you have already begun reconstruction, take photos of the dumpster where you placed sheetrock and other destroyed property.
  • Make sure to take photos that show your home in the background.

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