A citizens patrol in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, struggled to get the resources it needed. Then a group from a neighboring Orthodox Jewish community stepped up to help.
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a registry that would allow disaster responders to know where to find people most urgently in need of aid. But he does not appear to have followed through.
There are about 43,000 people in New York City who are facing deportation. But many are hoping that a highly touted immigration policy reform might stop efforts to remove them from the country.