Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Colleagues and friends,

Over the last few days, we have seen the incredible devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy impacting millions of Americans along the Eastern seaboard. The thoughts and prayers of the entire UCP network are with those that have been impacted by this massive storm, particularly our northeast affiliates and the communities they serve. As we begin the process of recovery, know that we stand ready to help in any way we can. 

Individuals with disabilities often are disproportionately impacted during times of disaster. A variety of barriers may already exist, such as lack of transportation and inaccessible buildings, and other barriers are either created or worsened by the disaster itself. Our UCP affiliates were well prepared for Hurricane Sandy—but the loss of power, flooding and infrastructure problems have made providing services and ensuring the safety of their clients that much more difficult. Their commitment and dedication to both their clients and staff is remarkable, and yet characteristic of how our affiliates rise to meet each occasion or adversity.

If you are in an affected area and are in need of assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has information and support available. Click on the states listed below for local emergency response information.

As our UCP affiliates continue to provide assistance to those impacted in their communities, we encourage you to help support their work. Each of our affiliates in the states impacted by the storm is listed below, or use our local resources guide to determine which is in your area.

Hurricane Sandy is an unprecedented disaster and its impacts continue to be felt. It is during these times of crisis that communities must come together to rebuild. Thank you to everyone involved in the emergency response effort, our entire UCP network and all of those who are working to ensure that people with disabilities can live a life without limits.

Best regards,

Stephen Bennett

UCP President & CEO

United Cerebral Palsy

 

How to help:

Click on the name of your state below to access local emergency information, or on the name of your local affiliate to support their work.

Connecticut:

     UCP of Eastern Connecticut

     UCP of Greater Hartford

     UCP of Southern Connecticut

 

Delaware:

     UCP of Delaware

 

District of Columbia:

     UCP of Washington DC & Northern Virginia

 

Maine:

     UCP of Maine

 

Maryland:

     UCP of Central Maryland

     UCP on the Potomac

 

Massachusetts:

     UCP of Berkshire County

     UCP of Metro Boston

 

New Jersey:

     UCP of Hudson County

 

New York:

     UCP of Nassau County

     UCP of New York City

     UCP of Suffolk

 

North Carolina:

     Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia

 

Ohio:

     UCP of Greater Cincinnati

     UCP of Greater Cleveland

 

Pennsylvania:

     Alleghenies UCP

     UCP of Central Pennsylvania

     UCP of Northeastern Pennsylvania

     UCP of Philadelphia & Vicinity

     UCP of South Central Pennsylvania

     UCP/CLASS (formerly UCP of Pittsburgh) 

 

Rhode Island:

     UCP of Rhode Island

 

Virginia:

     Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia