Update on December 13, 2012
Thank you all for being involved and caring about those who have been affected by Sandy. Please continue to give your support to our cause by forwarding this petition throughout your Facebook and Twitter communities! Please also visit GBCares.org or facebook.com/GBSandyRelief to see more stories about the devastation caused in Gerritsen Beach. We also found out this weekend that FEMA is bringing trailers to New Jersey because their Representatives have pushed for them. We have not yet received word that the Mayor's office has changed its stance on FEMA trailers. Sadly, for the residents of New York, New Jersey officials seem more motivated to get their constituents what they so desperately need and deserve. We are asking for your help signing and fowarding this petition to as many people as possible to show NYC and FEMA that they must bring these trailers and mobile homes to Gerritsen Beach and other affected areas of New York City ASAP. Gerritsen Beach alone currently has a list of over 100 families requesting a local place to live. Any further delay is unconscionable and completely unacceptable. The Mayor's office has put forward the Rapid Repairs Program as an alternative solution to provide "Shelter-in-Place", however, that program has been painfully slow in its progress and completely ignores the issue of mold, which makes a "Shelter-in-Place" uninhabitable and dangerous. Our residents are getting sicker by the day, the mold is rampant, funds have not been coming in fast enough, and they have been working tirelessly in this terrible weather to restore their homes. In this season of giving, let's provide the affected residents with a warm space for their families that is close to their home and will give them the hope and resolve that is necessary to recover from Sandy. I have included recent news coverage below. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=8918103 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead Thank you all again for your tremendous support!