About The Emergency


Hurricane Sandy hit the United State’s East Coast on Oct. 28, 2012. This category 1 storm spanned some 1,000 miles in width, and pummeled several states along its path.

News reports indicate that the storm claimed some 170 lives since it first formed near the Caribbean. In the U.S., “schools, businesses and mass transit was shut down,” reported CNN.com.

Helping Yolanda

Yolanda and her family have lived in Staten Island for 12 years. After their home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, Islamic Relief USA volunteers came to provide any help they could.

“These guys have been wonderful. I recommend this group to anyone,” she said. Read the full story here.

More About How IRUSA Is Helping

Islamic Relief USA continues to participate as a member of the Unmet Needs Round Tables in Long Island and New York City. This includes weekly meetings that serve to determine how resources are being used to help those still affected by the storm.

Islamic Relief USA also worked with Smile, a local organization in New Jersey, to distribute food parcels to families in need in New Jersey. Packages included staple items, such as pasta, sauces, beans, cereal and more. The effort began on Dec. 15, 2013, with a distribution of 500 boxes, and continued for several weekends after.

DART Situation Report

IRUSA’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) met with members from the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), VOAD and other relief workers met on Oct. 27 to strategize about the most efficient aid delivery methods in anticipation of the storm. The DART team then mobilized to New Jersey, where the storm was predicted to make landfall, to help with relief efforts.

IRUSA’s DART staff and volunteers provided shelter management services and helped however else needed at two separate hurricane shelters on the campus of Rutgers University until the shelters closed on November 2. The team was able to help more than 600 people.

IRUSA also with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help with clean-up efforts across New Jersey and New York—and these efforts continue. In addition, IRUSA joined the 211 alert system, which identifies people who have signed up to receive humanitarian aid, and has been able to connect with a number of individuals through the system to help them as needed.

IRUSA’s DART met with FEMA to ascertain the progress of recovery efforts around the region, and is remaining flexible so that it can help in the most efficient and effective ways possible. As the need for cleanup activity lessens and more families begin their reconstruction projects, IRUSA is also connecting with recovery-focused aid organizations to find other ways to support the efforts that are still needed by in communities, including helping with mold testing in affected homes.

Read more about IRUSA’s work in New Jersey via “Islamic Relief USA Responds to Hurricane Sandy”.

PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward United States Humanitarian Aid in excess of Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief project support requirements may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work for the United States. Donations made toward the Disaster Assistance Response Team may be used to support this effort or others carried out by IRUSA’s DART.

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