Effect of Hurricane Sandy
A Message from Don Schumacher: Effects of Hurricane Sandy November 1, 2012
Over the past week, many of us have been following Hurricane Sandy as the storm made its way up the Altantic seaboard. Here at the National Center for Care at the End of Life, our offices were closed for two days - fortunately, we only suffered minor water damage. Following the storm, staff have been reaching out to providers and state organizations to find out the extent that the storm affected our members. Some initial reports are coming in and we are hearing from members who were in the path of this historic storm. The impact has been significant for some of our colleagues in the field.
NHPCO along with the National Hospice Foundation and our affiliates are sending our thoughts and support to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you about NHF’s Disaster Relief Fund which is used to provide financial support to hospice and palliative care programs that are faced with monumental challenges in the aftermath of unexpected events such as this. Funds will be distributed through coordinated efforts with state hospice and palliative care organizations.
Gifts may be made online at nationalhospicefoundation/give or by check payable to National Hospice Foundation (make a notation of “Disaster Relief Fund” on the check) and send to: NHF/Disaster Relief Fund, 1731 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
We will continue to gather information from our members in areas that were hit hard by this storm and hope that all those struggling with the aftermath will be safe and cautious in the days ahead.
Update from Don Schumacher November 4, 2012
I'm sure many of you are dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy that left a path of destruction throughout the Northeast U.S. NHPCO received an urgent request from some of our colleagues in New York State to put out a call for empty gas cans. These are needed by many hospice programs in New York that are struggling to get fuel for their staff members so they can travel to the patients that need care.
While this might seem an unusual request, supplies of empty gas cans are not available in many areas. Any providers that can help with this request are encouraged to send empty gas cans to:
MJHS Barbara Hiney 6323 Seventh Ave. New York, NY - 11220
Phone: 917 596 3626
Any efforts to help our colleagues with this request are greatly appreciated.
If you are unable to send a gas can and want to offer support, the National Hospice Foundation Disaster Relief Fund is collecting donations that will be distributed to affected programs. Thank you.
J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD President and CEO