Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with dioceses impacted by Superstorm Sandy to support relief activities that respond to emerging community needs. Food and heat are major concerns in the Northeast, with churches working to increase the service capacity of their food pantries, distribute blankets and acquire generators and fuel in order to serve as warming centers.
Superstorm Sandy hit the Caribbean on October 25 before turning north and making landfall in central New Jersey on October 29. With assistance from Episcopal Relief & Development, the Episcopal dioceses of New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Newark and Connecticut have been supporting parish-based relief activities.
In the Episcopal dioceses of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Episcopal Relief & Development is providing technical assistance as relief efforts expand beyond emergency aid to focus on initial rebuilding. The organization is currently supporting local partners in providing food assistance and building materials to repair wind-damaged homes.
Episcopal Relief & Development will continue to support local response efforts as they transition through relief to short- and long-term recovery. Working through Diocesan Disaster Coordinators and with guidance and assistance from the Partners in Response team, the organization’s US Disaster Program seeks to empower local leaders to help those most vulnerable to make a full and sustained recovery.