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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Israeli Aid Missions Providing Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Israeli Aid Missions Providing Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims
The 12-person delegation will be offering rescue, rehabilitation, and
communal resource services to New York residents of Far Rockaway and Long
Beach.
By: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
Published: November 9th, 2012
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-aid-missions-providing-relief-to-hurricane-sandy-victims/2012/11/09/?src=ataglance

An Israeli delegation of trained rescue volunteers is departing to New York
today, Friday, November 9, to assist victims devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The delegation is headed by Shahar Zahavi, CEO of IsraAID, the Israel Forum
for International Humanitarian Aid, an Israeli non-governmental organization
(NGO) that has facilitated aid and relief program across the world,
including in Haiti, Japan, Turkey, Kenya and South Sudan.

The 12-person delegation will be offering rescue, rehabilitation, and
communal resource services to New York residents of Far Rockaway and Long
Beach, as well as the Atlantic City-Margate area along the Jersey Shore.
They will also be identifying areas with vulnerable populations and
allocating resources to older people and families with young children who
have suffered significant damages to their homes and have no power.

Financing for the mission comes from young Israelis and from Israeli
businesses, alongside partner companies in the United States, which are
supplying the Israeli crew with water, food, gasoline, clothing, blankets
and storage facilities to distribute to people who have been evacuated from
their homes.

According to spokesperson Tova Hametz the IsraAid delegation’s mission is to
“rehabilitate, rescue, bolster morale and bring physical resources in the
most effective, organized and expedient way.” She added that Zahavi has much
experience in relief work following his mission in Haiti after the 2010
earthquake.

According to Israel’s foreign office, a number of Israeli NGOs are working
to bring relief and supplies including food, fuel and generators to both
victims and emergency workers in New York and New Jersey. Among those NGOs
are Israel Flying Aid and Israeli Humanitarian Aid-LATET. Those efforts have
been coordinated with local police departments, the American Red Cross, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Jewish communities in
Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

One of the Israeli volunteers, Joel Leyden, helped organize an aid convoy
from Connecticut to Long Island, bringing food and generators to first
responders, fire departments, police, and to homes. He and other Israeli
volunteers also passed out Dunkin’ Donuts to people waiting at gas stations.

“We wore our blue-and-white-Israeli hats to make sure they knew this aid was
coming from the people of Israel,” said Leyden, according to the foreign
office website.

Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricanes and the second-costliest
after Hurricane Katrina. The October hurricane killed more than 110 people
in 10 states, left more than 8 million homes and businesses in the Northeast
without electricity, and tens of thousands of Americans homeless.

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