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Petitioning New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 8 others

Set up FEMA Emergency Alternative Housing in the Rockaways NOW

Since Hurricane Sandy tore through New York City over six weeks ago, tens of thousands of people in the Rockaways have been living without heat, electricity, or running water -- and now freezing temperatures and a mold epidemic could threaten their lives.

Unless FEMA steps in right away, children, the elderly, and the sick could be in danger of hypothermia as they are exposed to freezing nighttime temperatures. To add to the crisis, mold-infested homes are causing serious health problems for families who have nowhere else to go. Rockaway residents with no access to heat or electricity urgently need alternative housing that will keep families safe from the elements and away from the spreading toxic mold infestation.

It's reported that full power may not be restored to the Rockaways any time soon -- which is why it is so vital that the city dispatch emergency housing and supplies immediately. Please sign this petition right away and share it with everyone you can to help save lives in the Rockaways before it's too late.

This petition was started by New Yorkers for Sandy Relief, a coalition seeking to bring attention to the needs of people in the Rockaways following Hurricane Sandy. Members include: Astoria Recovers, Brooklyn for Barack, Brooklyn Movement Center,Chelsea/West Village for Change, Democracy for New York City, Downtown for Democracy, Greater NYC for Change, Hell’s Kitchen for Change, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, Manhattan Young Democrats,McManus Democratic Club, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, New Latino Movement NYC, Progressive Democratic Club of East Harlem, Queens Mamas, Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Association,Tribeca for Change, Upper West Side Democrats for Progress, Village Independent Democrats, Women’s Information Network NYC, Working Families Party, Respond and Rebuild (list in formation).
Letter to
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
New York Emergency Operations Center Coordinator Chris Tuttle
Director of the Office of External Affairs at FEMA Jessica Smith
and 6 others
New York State Senator Joe Addabbo
Secretary of U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
State Senator Malcolm Smith
City Councilman James Sanders
NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo
I'm writing to urge you to immediately dispatch FEMA Emergency Housing to New York's Rockaways to help protect victims of Hurricane Sandy. As of Monday, November 12, Long Island Power Authority announced that over 29,000 customers in the Rockaways were without power.

Residents in this hard-hit area have been without power, heat, and running water for over three weeks, and with freezing nighttime temperatures hitting the city, the most vulnerable residents -- including children, the elderly, and the sick -- are at risk of hypothermia.

While some heating stations have been dispatched, these are not adequate to provide shelter during the night hours, and do not protect residents from rampant mold and sanitation problems. FEMA housing should be set up immediately to protect thousands of storm victims from hypothermia.

Thank you for your help during this crisis.