Rick C. Mathews, Director
National Center for Security & Preparedness
423 State Street
Albany, NY 12203
5900 Airport Road
Oriskany, NY 13424
August 19, 2013
On Monday, August 19th, staff from the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) volunteered with NECHAMA's Hurricane Sandy Relief Program on Long Island. NECHAMA is a voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide.
Staff was split into 2 teams; Team 1 traveled to Massapequa to finish sheetrock, while Team 2 went to Copiague to install insulation. NECHAMA provided both teams with the instruction and tools to get the job done.
NCSP staff member Cyndi Mellen has volunteered with the organization in the past, assisting with Hurricane Katrina clean-up in 2007. "When I heard NECHAMA was deploying to repair homes on Long Island, I knew it would be a great opportunity to get NCSP staff involved in giving back- it just made sense."
NCSP staff member Michael Berkery summed up the teams experiences: "It was a privilege to volunteer our time to help those who were affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. There's simply no better feeling than helping those in need and knowing that each day's work brings the homeowners one step closer to returning to their homes that they lost in the storm."
The Hurricane Sandy Relief Program will continue through April 2014. For information on volunteering with this program, please visit http://nechama.org/index.php/hurricane-sandy.