Franklin Township, N.J., food bank executive director Frank Hasner hands a CWS Blanket to Lavilla Thompson, whose family's electrical service was intermittent in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. "This will help keep my kids warm," Thompson said. Photo: CWS
Superstorm Sandy Response
In Sandy’s immediate aftermath, CWS mobilized shipments of CWS Kits and Blankets with a total value of more than $1.3 million for survivors in the United States and Caribbean. CWS also assisted food cooperatives in northwest Haiti that sustained storm damage and sent emergency assistance to Cuba, including funding for emergency family food packages and water provision.
CWS emergency response specialists have met with long-term recovery and other community groups and have reached more than 1,200 participants with disaster recovery workshops in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia. CWS’s goal is 105 trainings and 60 in-person consultation meetings in Sandy-affected states by May 31, 2014.