Disaster recovery facilities can help to aid the recuperative process in the aftermath of a crisis. The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island recently received nearly $600,000 in funding from the American Red Cross to create a volunteer disaster recovery center for Superstorm Sandy victims, the Long Island Exchange reported.
The funds will help to establish a head-quarters for restorative efforts equipped with a warehouse, a kitchen, meeting rooms and offices. Volunteer and non-profit groups will also be better able to collaborate with the assistance of financial support from the Red Cross.
"I commend the Red Cross for donating the funds necessary for this Disaster Recovery Center," Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said, "This facility will not only serve as a command center, but will provide vital housing for 150 volunteers as they work to repair hundreds of Superstorm Sandy-damaged homes throughout our communities."
The Red Cross's work to aid recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has benefited from munificent public backing, including $309 million in donations. At the end of last year, $287 million of the donated funds were allocated or spent.
Disaster recovery is most effective when complimented by timely information, which can be augmented with emergency alert systems such as Omnilert.