Sandy creates unexpected challenges for World Vision
Mindy Mizell on the number of relief supplies destroyed by the storm
- Duration 6:46
- Date Oct 31, 2012
Mindy Mizell on the number of relief supplies destroyed by the storm
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Hurricanes know no boundaries they don't discriminate consequently.
Relief supplies were destroyed in hurricane creating unexpected challenges for world vision disaster response teams Mindy my cell is here now she's -- media -- relations director for world vision US.
Maybe for -- thank you for being here with us and I understand your site was damaged.
Yeah unfortunately on Monday morning one of our sites that has housing.
Thousands of pre -- relief supplies in the Bronx the East River actually start to rise so quickly that we decided -- our response team.
We anticipated going back and there's going to be okay because we hit elevated them off the ground and thought that be enough.
But unfortunately three defeat four feet of water had actually use flooded our building.
Damaging several hundred relief supplies on the bottom level.
At this point today we're spending most of our time trying to get these salvageable supplies out of that subsite into another site that's nearby.
But it is devastating -- -- you know this was our number one site in the New York area to be able to use to respond.
Fortunately though we -- several different sites throughout the country that are also home pre positioned.
The units that can basically deploy quickly into this area so we have a site in DC that has thousands -- supplies as well one in north Texas.
And those supplies right now are -- route.
There and -- continue that's good news so you have.
Some some examples of the types of supplies that are you normally don't -- out.
And distribute during times like this can you tell me about -- right here exactly got three different types he's of the main ones we're gonna be using for the initial phase of its responsibilities are different kits we have a flood cleanup kit.
But basically we'll have.
I'm cleaning supplies in there for families who are impacted in their homes with flood damage.
Making use of supplies to clean up their home we have a hygiene kit for those who are having to -- shelter outside of their homes that they can use Champloo.
Toothbrushes those kind of items that they would need in the first several hours of response we also have emergency food kits have basically enough food to feed a family of five -- -- day.
We're going to be handing these out to different churches and organizations that are right now working with.
Those who have been damaged by the storm.
Sitting you're able to get into the community and to get to those shelters -- churches so where it's going in -- is in need of some of these supplies they can go to those locations -- and get that can we help.
We partner with churches and organizations that -- with partner with -- disasters before and we have basically in network all along the East Coast that were coordinating with right now to try to get these supplies into those areas.
The first day stage though is the assessment -- trying to see what is the extent of the damage and which areas need these resources most -- If -- -- -- watching and windy if they want to help contribute and donate.
To help you guys get the much needed supplies out to the people we -- we have your website its world vision dot org.
They -- is there an easy tab there where we can actually click onto -- -- okay.
You can go to world mission got ORG slash American families it'll take you straight to the disaster fund page.
Also there's a text donation option you can text to 777444.
The word again USA and it's an automatic ten dollar donation.
OK that's good to know that that help it helps as well.
So there you you have that you talk to but this place he had available you're also dealing with that -- today is October 31.
-- -- Even though it doesn't seem at all normal around here in these parts in fifth of the country it is Halloween.
And they are kids who families and parents are trying to make it seem like everything is getting back to normal they want to take their kids out trick or treating.
That perfect present some problems considering their.
Out power exactly and we're child focused organization so we're really mark priority right now is looking out for the needs of children.
Who -- impacted by this storm and you can't stop a holiday like Halloween from occurring even though the governor of New Jersey right now is.
Throwing out the idea postponing Halloween for a week.
He's been getting some push back in New York City mayor today has been pushing out on Twitter posts saying that if you do go trick or treat with your children and the tonight.
To -- avoid some of the areas obviously that have been flood damage but to also be very cautious -- Horry take your children.
As an organization world vision which is to encourage the same thing be very careful obviously stay close attention to your children.
And -- that followed at all possible trying to celebrate at home maybe have a party invites in the neighborhood kids and not get out on the streets I live right here in Manhattan.
All along on the streets right now there's a lot of debris out trees that have fallen he just never know where danger could -- and it's just that's right how to keep your children safe but obviously have a good time.
Absolutely absolutely because kids I mean I know it's really important to try to make sure that you you get everything back in order as soon as possible.
They understand that at the same time they're still kids ended today is October 31.
-- -- quite a few dressed up on the -- -- I know there already excite very excited absolutely.
And then there is the big there's a big shin -- on Sunday here nearly -- entire city marathon this is a little fun at this point that show is still going on so and good for them because you know.
-- in New York City Marathon as thousands of runners every year in this.
Is not stopping they announced already that the marathon years ago it's been given the green light.
However the route right now is being considered to be altered a little bit to it just for some of the damage around town.
Well mission actually has pretty strong team that's going to be kinda running this weekend.
And you know we want -- -- -- support them because they are raising money for a good cause.
We're looking at a possible -- of 20000 dollars being brought in through this fund raiser event so we do want the New York City Marathon to continue obviously.
The runners that are competing are trying to -- child sponsorship world vision.
So basically they are running for a good cause to try to raise attention for.
-- child sponsorship and that's what we're world vision does you know we come along children in the communities nearly a hundred communities their countries worldwide.
I'm so they're raising enough money to be able to sponsor hopefully 300 children very good very good let me give the website again it's world division dot org slash.
American families that's the disaster -- -- -- -- learn more about what we do as a as an organization about -- world vision.
Or even some of the tips that we would give to families and children during these type of responses to -- website -- mission -- ORG your interest in getting -- at that slash American families and then you can also -- 7744.
-- the number 7774447.
And seventh and then for the working in the USA and it's a ten dollar donation.
Exactly if you get the very latest information on our on social media sites as well we have -- world vision and also -- -- -- news gets the latest news updates and I'm on -- well.
Fantastic your admin and indeed myself and got it fantastic.
-- thank you so much that really appreciate your time and efforts and -- -- you guys are doing continued thanks for the prayers to happen.
Prayers are always there absolutely absolutely a --