Disaster relief agencies have a term for what happens in the weeks following a weather catastrophe: the storm after the storm.
Hurricane Sandy battered New York, New Jersey and other Atlantic coast residents two weeks ago. It didn’t take long before at least one truck showed up with clothes and other relief supplies donated from outside the area with only one problem: The load had no one to accept it.
The Federal Emergency Management Administration and a network of volunteer groups called the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are asking truck drivers to be sure they have a receiver lined up before entering New York and New Jersey.
Doug Morris, OOIDA’s director of security, said Monday he has been notified that FEMA and VOAD have asked truckers to “not to send any donations to New York and New Jersey unless they have a specific person or volunteer group that will directly accept the donations.”
Morris said he was aware of at least one truck with clothes and household goods that arrived in the New York/New Jersey area recently, but had no one to receive it.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management reached out for help recently. Several loads had arrived without anyone to accept them and sort and store materials.
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