Portlight Disaster Relief

Sandy response update

By: Portlight, 9:17 PM GMT on October 23, 2012


Your support is making a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities in the aftermath of Sandy. regular updates on our work are posted to www.portlight.org

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Nick Dupree and Alejandra Ospina need your help.

Both Nick and Alejandra have disabilities and use wheelchairs. Nick is dependent on a ventilator. They live in a 12th floor apartment in lower Manhattan and have no power or running water, and very intermittent cell phone service.

They are in desperate need of wheelchair/marine batteries to power Nick's ventilator and related equipment, as well as another inverter and battery charger.

They have a brigade of people hauling the batteries up and down the twelve stories to take the batteries off site to charge them, but need more batteries.

Going to a hospital is not a viable option, as it is very difficult and life threatening to move Nick.

Nick and Alejandra are very active advocates for people with disabilities in New York and around the country, and need the community's support during this disaster.

Let's help keep these folks alive!!!

Please....Give early...and give often...PayPal button @ www.portlight.org

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We will be focusing our response efforts exclusively on the post Sandy neeeds of people with disabilities.

Initially, we are assessing needs of durable medical equipment...and helping to facilitate housing/shelter needs.

The situation is fluid...and will become more clear shortly. But we know these will be critical areas to address.

As you make our response possible, we want to keep you posted.

The needs will be great.

Please give as you feel led. Contributions can be made using the PayPal button @ www.portlight.org

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Attention everyone! Just because someone tells you a shelter is accessible does not mean it's accessible!!! Do your homework! And trust no one!! Please let me know personally of any shelter accessibility issues you run into. We have some systems in place to help you address this. And PLEASE POST THIS FAR AND WIDE!!!!

We are fielding calls for help from people all throughout the impact area. And we're working with shelter operators to ensure accessibility.

Please remember: Your support makes this work possible. Please give as you can at the PayPal button @ www.portlight.org

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We are keeping a close eye on TS Sandy (with the help of our friends @ www.wunderground.com) and will be prepared to respond as needed if she causes trouble.

We are also planning to deliver Christmas presents to Mississippi Gulf coast survivors of hurricane Isaac. While the plight of these folks has long ago fallen from popular view...the needs remain great.

Our work is possible only through your continued support.

Thank you for your ongoing faith in our efforts.

Updated: 1:16 AM GMT on November 06, 2012


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