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Hurricane Sandy Relief

Support aid efforts for the millions affected by Hurricane Sandy

| posted on October 30, 2012

Residue from the Hurricane Sandy's surge in New Hampshire, one of many states in need of aid. Photo: Nevins

As Hurricane Sandy storms her way across the East Coast, the call for disaster relief is resounding as 7.5 million people are without electricity and thousands are displaced from their homes near the coast. At this point in the Frankenstorm, more than 3,000 people have taken refuge in Red Cross shelters, a number that continues to grow. The Red Cross has deployed almost 1,500 aid workers and delivered more than 200,000 ready-to-eat meals.

Before we publish photos and stories from the waves that hit the Outer Banks, Florida, and other East Coast spots, we want to encourage you to support the widespread aid efforts for the tens of millions affected by this storm. If you’ve surfed a wave during Hurricane Sandy, pay it forward by supporting disaster relief. Financial donations to the Red Cross help provide shelter, food, and other assistance to those who need it. Red Cross emergency vehicles are currently mobilizing to distribute meals and relief supplies after the storm passes.

“The Red Cross has shelters open and will be opening more throughout the day. Hundreds of disaster workers are ready with relief supplies and emergency vehicles in place to help,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “This will be a large, costly relief response and we need help now.”

To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

In addition, the storm has caused the cancellations of more than 100 blood drives in 11 East Coast states, resulting in a shortage of 3,200 blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross has asked that anyone eligible to donate blood, especially in areas not affected by the storm, schedule a donation as soon as possible.

Waves for Water is currently seeking assistance to help rebuild the East Coast surf community. Mobilize with fellow surfers in this post-Hurricane Sandy relief effort at WavesForWater.org/.

Former professional surfer and current humanitarian Jon Rose is leading an effort to help rebuild post Sandy devastation. As a first responder to the surf-community, Jon’s non-profit organization, Waves For Water, will lead a focused effort to remove storm debris and assist with other basic survival needs associated with the catastrophic storm. The team is currently gathering the intelligence of his friends and colleagues in the North Carolina, New Jersey and New York coastal areas for immediate support.

“Many of our favorite East Coast surfing epicenters are completely wiped out and under water,” says Rose, who’s spearheaded previous relief efforts to countries like Haiti, post-tsunami Japan, North Korea, and Afghanistan. “More than anything, there’s a need for resources and manpower to restore these precious stretches of coastline.”

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected on the East Coast, surfers or otherwise. As different avenues of relief are established, you’ll find updates here on SurferMag.com/.

  • http://gothamsurfclub.com alex karinsky

    we can definitely use the help. 3 days in & the red cross finally turned up. Really? same with the national guard, not cool. the devastation is beyond belief & so apocalyptic you wouldn’t be wrong to think it somewhere else in the 3rd world..shame on the USA for neglecting their own areas like Katrina. SHAME!

    don’t believe me, check the photos:
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151295271436079.517707.687441078&type=1

    Some one get it right & help us out. And figure this, Rockaway has pretty much become the “favorite East Coast surfing epicenters” in a decade, so we need this support immediately. No grandstanding, pure facts. We are under water with no resources. Please send relief & let us know how we can get relief for friends & family here in the community via W4W.

  • http://www.croakers.biz Joyce Barron

    We started a small business sept first in woodland beach delaware with the goal of restoring tourism to kent county and create badly needed jobs. For a history of the area visit woodlandbeach.net. Many people locally have not worked in years and it’s not uncommon to have over a hundred apply for one cashier job. Our goal is to act as responsible stewards if a unique unspoiled area and preserve history while conserving wetlands for the future. In eight weeks we cleaned up years of trash, tripled tourism and reduced crime by 95%. We partnered with a group to restore oyster beds and spent time and money attracting larger fish with great results. This is a place an hour from wilmington where bald eagles nest, muskrats swim and you can explore sunken ships at low tide. The thousands if acres of protected wetlands minimized surges but loss of roof and walls allowed a foot and a half of rain in. for forty years residents have had to drive eighr miles for basic essentials including drinking water. We established a small general store to serve them and tourists and planned a diner, wedding chapel, b&b, and classroom space. The classroom space would be used to teach adults boat building/repair skills, further history and conservation learning, and provide exposure to native american culture. We have permission to add a dock which will allow boat rentals, facilitate use of the ramp already there and create tour boat opportunities. We believe in accessible outdoor experience and wanted to offer adaptive fishing and hunting gear on loan to our wounded heroes. We are on a pre sale agreement and could not purchase insurance till closing. Now the seller refuses to honor the contract to pay for damages and no federal aid is available. A century if sand was lost from the public beach but delaware law prohibits replenishment spending north of the tourist traps. We desperately need help which will allow us to continue building a model public access area in harmony with the environment. A single investment of 250,000 will allow rebuilding and generate up to a million dollars a month in a region with high unemployment. Our website is http://www.croakers.biz and we have http://www.facebook.com/croakerswoidlandbeach. Please help us continue the momentum to restore hope to a beautiful town of small year round residences. Also many nearby fishing piers were destroyed and this will keep angler spending as an important part if delawares economy