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.
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.