Help Us Help IAFF Members Devastated by Hurricane Sandy
Thousands of IAFF members were on the frontlines during Hurricane Sandy, working
to save lives, conduct rescue efforts and fight significant storm-related fires.
And while they were working, Sandy took her toll on their homes and families.
Help us help our brothers and sisters devastated by Sandy by helping your local
raise money or by contributing directly to the
Disaster Relief Fund.
Through the Uniformed Firefighters
Association Local 94 and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854, the
IAFF has already contributed $10,000 to each of the 11 firehouses that were
damaged by the storm.
We have set up Disaster Relief Operations in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New
York (see locations below). This will allow us to continue to assess members' needs and provide
disaster relief funds to those members who have experienced catastrophic losses
to their homes.
Our Lady of Miracles
730 East 87th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11236
FDNY Counseling Unit
1688 Victory Blvd (suite 101)
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 815-4111
Our Disaster Relief Operation is also working with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and other organizations to help IAFF
members rebuild for the long term, like we did after Hurricane Katrina ripped
through the Gulf Coast and tornadoes devastated Joplin, Missouri.
We need your help - please help us help them by donating now.
The IAFF remains in communication with IAFF District Vice Presidents and state
and affiliate leaders in the New York and New Jersey region whose members
suffered tremendous losses, including major flooding, wind, water, snow damage,
major and widespread losses from power issues and fire damage from this
hurricane and super storm.
Imagine having built a life — all your possessions, your home, your family
mementos, in some cases your pets — and seeing it completely destroyed or washed
away in 24 hours by a massive storm. Many have no homes, no power and their
families are staying with relatives, friends and other IAFF families. They will
be starting their lives once again from scratch.
This IAFF family knows how to come together when our own are in a desperate time
of need. We have not forgotten our brothers and their families from 9/11. And we
need to be there for them once again, like we were after that fateful day.
This job won’t be done next week or even next month. And when the media changes
its focus, and public attention turns to the next big story, the IAFF will still
be there — for as long as it takes.
The IAFF Disaster Relief Operations will be well staffed. Please do not
self-deploy to the New York or New Jersey area. If we need more bodies, we will
let you know. Additionally, donations of clothing and food are currently
discouraged as adequate methods of distribution are not yet available.
The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund is administered through the
IAFF Charitable Foundation.