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RPI Relief: Hurricane Sandy
On October 29, 2012, one of the most powerful hurricanes in
American history came ashore along almost 1,000 miles of the
United States eastern seaboard, carving a path of destruction
from North Carolina to Massachusetts, with the eye on the
Jersey Shore. As reported by NBCNEWS.com
University of Miami researcher Brian McNoldy, Hurricane Sandy's
sheer power ranks second among modern hurricanes. The storm's
energy (IKE) was second only to Hurricane Isabelle in
2003...IKE is a new scale designed to better convey the
destructive power from both a hurricane's wind and storm
surge." Damage from the hurricane is noted on NOAA's Hurricane SANDY
Response Imagery Viewer.
Media coverage of the storm and its aftermath is plentiful. Several resources for information on damage and on recovery efforts continue to be reported by the following organizations:
New York Times photos
NY Times Live Updates
- Philadephia Inquirer
- Sandy's Epic Devastation - The Weather Channel's Photos From the Storm
- New York NOW | Impact of Hurricane Sandy
- "The Donations Sandy's Victims Don't Need", LA Times article, authored by José Holguín-Veras, an engineering professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Disaster Research Roundtable.
Over the last decade, RPI Relief has responded to a major environmental disasters that have impacted the nation, the world and even our local community. With each disaster the Rensselaer Community has confronted the challenge and coordinated appropriate responses. Our monetary donations to organizations like the American Red Cross and Red Crescent, Save the Children, the Salvation Army and others have helped those organizations acquire and distribute needed resources to those who need them most. Our response to Hurricane Irene combined fundraising as well as ongoing Mighty Waters volunteer initiatives to help nearby communities continue recovery. The RPI RELIEF: Hurricane Sandy efforts will focus on raising money and supporting the many RPI students whose families are impacted by the storm.
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Many Rensselaer students' families have been impacted by the storm. The Community Advocates have established a Reflection Wall in the Union North Lobby for students and members of the Rensselaer Community to express their thoughts and feelings about the storm and its aftermath. In addition, we have compiled the resource list below so that students will be more prepared to help their families safely when they call or visit home.
The American Red
Cross - Find Help Now
United Way 2-1-1
Coping with the Emotional Impact of Disasters,
This service is a free and confidential to victims/survivors of disaster who may feel overwhelmed by a disaster. It also has a list of tell-tale signs to help identify those who may be in need of this service, and is also a good personal checklist for all of us who are there to provide care.
Department of Emergency Management & Homeland
Connecticut Emergency Preparedness Guide,
New Jersey Office of
Jersey: Your Kit/Your Plan
New York State Division of
Homeland Security & Emergency Services
New York State Emergency Information Handbook,
Rensselaer students with questions or concerns related to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, should contact the Dean of Students Office.
RPI RELIEF: Hurricane Sandy Efforts
This website will compile and continuously update the initiatives, including fundraising, supporting students whose families are impacted by the storm, and a possible spring break trip to assist in the recovery effort. Fundraising is being coordinated largely in support of the American Red Cross, except as noted, and Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson has agreed to match up to $1,000 of the dollars raised. The fundraising campaign will run throughout the fall semester, and the Rensselaer Community's donations will be sent to the American Red Cross when classes end. As of December 31, a total of $4,691.13 had been raised by the community for the American Red Cross, including the match.
Special RPI Relief: Hurricane Sandy Events
at Rensselaer: A complete chronological listing of all the
programs hosted by the students is listed below, with upcoming
events listed first, followed by completed events. This list
will be updated as events are known - so bookmark this site and
check back often.
Spring Break Trip
The Dean of Students Office is planning a Spring Break Trip to Staten Island, March 10- March 13, 2013 to assist in the ongoing recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Anyone who is interested in more information, should email DOSO.
- October 29, 30 & 31 - DCC Great Hall
The American Red Cross Club hosted a Bake Sale for the American Red Cross
Total Raised = $81.25
- November 5-9 - 15th Street Lobby (11am - 3pm) &
Commons (3 pm - 7:30 pm)
Penny Wars, in support of United Way 211, and the American Red Cross.
Bring all your pennies - or larger coin and bill denominations if you don't carry pennies - in support of your favorite teams - Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Tutor Time, National Organization of Architecture Students and the American Red Cross Club. Prizes for this competition are underwitten by Sodexo.
Total Raised = $71.15 for the United Way 211, and $125.61 for the American Red Cross. Congratulations to AOE for winning the Penny War.
- November 7 - Mueller Center (11:30 am - 5:30 p.m)
American Red Cross Blood Drive, hosted by Rensselaer Society of Engineers and Alpha Gamma Delta. The American Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations to support the blood needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
94 units of blood collected, providing the gift of life for 282 recipients!
- November 9 (ongoing) - Rensselaer Union, North
The Community Advocates are hosting a Reflection Wall for members of the Rensselaer Community to express their thoughts and feelings about the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
- November 10 - HVCC (9 am to 11 am)
Rensselaer County 5K Walk for Relief
Join in Rensselaer County's relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
- November 12 & 13 - DCC Great Hall (10 am to 4
APO Bake Sale in support of RPI Relief: Hurricane Sandy efforts.
Total Raised = $40.19
Thanksgiving Away From Home
The Chapel + Cultural Center and the Dean of Students Office want to help match students who are unable to travel home to be with their families, with members of the Rensselaer Community who are able to set an extra seat or two at their Thanksgiving tables. Staff and faculty members who would like to host - and students who would like to attend - should contact the Dean of Students Office or the Chapel + Cultural Center.
- November 29 - DCC 337 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
AXP Comedy Night - 5 professional comedians will be performing.
Your $5 donation to the American Red Cross will benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
$164.00 raised through admissions and donations
- December 1 - Houston Field House - 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The RPI American Red Cross Club will conduct a Cannister Pass between periods at the Men's Hockey Game vs. Quinnipiac, to benefit the American Red Cross.
$226.37 collected in donations
- December 2 - Victorian Stroll - 12 - 5 p.m.
The Children's Corner collected donations throughout the afternoon for the American Red Cross.
$28.59 collected in donations
- December 3 - Mueller Center - 11:30 am - 5:30 p.m
American Red Cross Blood Drive, hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha. The American Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations to support the blood needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
54 units of blood collected, providing the gift of life for 162 recipients!
- December 8 - McNeil Room - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
RPI's Got Talent - A Telethon for RPI Relief: Hurricane Sandy . Sponsored by RPI Relief: Hurricane Sandy, the RPI Red Cross Club, the Class of 2015, Alpha Omega Epsilon, the Polytechnic and RPI TV, this 2 hour-long telethon featured talented students, staff and faculty performers, performing to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Though many enjoyed the performance live in person or watched it on RTN CHANNEL 3, it can still be streamed on rpitv.org . A secure on-line site for credit card donations was established, and as of 12/31/2012, a total of $291 was pledged by viewers, and $94.30 was raised from concessions during the event.
December 11 - Ben & Jerry's - 4:00 to 6 p.m. (or until the ice cream is gone)
The American Red Cross Club will be scooping Ben and Jerry's ice cream for $3 a scoop. All proceeds will be going directly to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. (Ben and Jerry's is donating ALL of the money to the Red Cross!) One of the flavors being offered is Schweddy Balls, which is only available at RPI. Total Raised = 95.00
Special Bookstore Sale To Raise Funds to Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims
As part of its 35th annual holiday sale, the Rensselaer Bookstore is selling two versions of a specially designed historical mug, and the proceeds will go directly to benefit those who need assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The two limited edition pint mugs feature the dates and musical acts that appeared in concerts at Rensselaer during the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout the sale (11/28 &29) there was no set price for the mugs – customers chose to contribute whatever amount they liked. Following the Bookstore sale, and until December 25, the Bookstore continues to sell the glasses in the store and from the Bookstore on-line store for $5 each - with all money from the sale of glasses until Christmas to be donated to the relief efforts. As of 01/02/13, $2,626.07 has been raised.
RPI Mighty Waters planned a spring break trip with Wagner College, to assist in Hurricane Sandy Relief for residents of Staten Island New York. We left RPI on Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m., and returned to Troy on Wednesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. We worked alongside Wagner College students, who were also on spring break over the three days, and participated in the All Hands initiatives to help Staten Isleand residents inpacted by the storm. For more information, see our Alternative Spring Break Brochure or email DOSO.
The growing list of Student Groups involved in RPI Relief: Hurricane Sandy follows:
- RPI American Red Cross Club
- Mighty Waters Committee
- Alpha Chi Rho
- Rensselaer Society of Engineers
- Alpha Gamma Delta
- Tutor Time
- Alpha Omega Epsilon
- National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
- Hospitality Services
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Class of 2012
- Class of 2015
- RPI TV
- The Polytechnic