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Disaster Relief After Sandy

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Members of the National Guard unload food and water for distribution at Cofey Park in Red Hook, Brooklyn Friday. Members of the National Guard unload food and water for distribution at Cofey Park in Red Hook, Brooklyn Friday. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and founder of the Children's Health Fund, looks at the disaster relief operation underway and talks about the roles of the various organizations, from FEMA to ad hoc grassroots groups.

Guests:

Dr. Irwin Redlener

Comments [6]

Joyce barron from Woodland beach, delaware

There have been trained volunteers in hazmat suits. My husband works for Marlings here in Delaware. After spending three days helping the citizens of woodland beach delaware prepare, he got two hours sleep and stayed up all night taking water damage calls. The entire company worked eighteen hour days all week and come friday, the owner john marling took his certified crews to new jersey to help, which they did and came back to more long days. My husband stayed in delaware to keep the office running and handle any emergencies in delaware. After irene, john personally donated help to an uninsured family in new jersey. So before you moan about the lack of help, look at what your neighbors are doing even though suffering people in their home states have gotten little media attention and less aid

Nov. 16 2012 09:05 AM

The volunteer effort is wonderful. Occupy has really stepped up. But why does it seem like the city is relying on relatively untrained citizens to take on the brunt of the outreach in the hardest hit areas? Where are the paid professionals in Haz-Mat suits? We can't expect volunteers to endangers themselves by working in demolition and mold abatement without proper training and equipment!

Nov. 15 2012 09:17 AM
Joyce Barron from woodland beach de

In the last two and a half weeks, I have publicly and privately submitted over 400 requests for assistance for Sandy relief for one tiny Delaware community with absolutely zero positive response or donations. I am glad that so many people are helping New York and New Jersey but it is extremely disappointing that not a single person in the world is willing to help victims elsewhere in the united States http://www.gofundme.com/1ilna4

Nov. 15 2012 07:51 AM
Joyce Barron from Woodland Beach Delaware

In the last two and a half weeks, I have publicly and privately submitted over 400 requests for assistance for Sandy relief for one tiny Delaware community with absolutely zero positive response or donations. I am glad that so many people are helping New York and New Jersey but it is extremely disappointing that not a single person in the world is willing to help victims elsewhere in the united States

Nov. 15 2012 07:47 AM
Scott from SOHO

I don't here any Obama bashing for FEMA's current shortcomings. Is this disaster recovery effort Bush's fault as well? You would think that after witnessing Katrina the brain trust at FEMA would have taken a few notes on how to properly prepare for a storm as well as how to effectively help citizens cope after it occurs.

Nov. 06 2012 11:52 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Can the guest PLEASE (1) list the hard-hit, underserved areas and (2) indicate what volunteers can do, if he knows?

Nov. 06 2012 11:44 AM

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