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New York Communities Helped Each Other After Superstorm Sandy

Marc Rovner

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast, devastating homes like attorney Marc Rovner’s East Rockaway, New York, residence. The Beta Abstract, LLC, general counsel and his family lost precious possessions, including much of his personal collection of New York Rangers memorabilia. But Marc Rovner and his family reached out to help, delivering meals to other victims of the storm in East Rockaway and the surrounding area.

Like the Rovners, millions of other New York and New Jersey residents aided their neighbors through one of the worst natural disasters the region has ever suffered. As reported in the Atlantic magazine, two weeks after the hurricane residents of the Far Rockaways remained without electricity or heat, and volunteers visited them to bring food and other supplies. In Rockaway Park, volunteers came with shovels to move water and sand out of the basement of a home. Schools and houses of worship were turned into makeshift distribution centers for thousands of clothing items and food packages.
Social media became a major focal point for organizing efforts. One example, as reported by the Long Island Herald: A Lynbrook woman not only purchased necessities to help her neighbors, but successfully managed a Facebook group dedicated to mobilizing volunteer help from inside and outside the area.

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