Corizon family in the Northeast battles Hurricane Sandy

Corizon family in the Northeast battle Hurricane Sandy

Debris and damage from Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey

As everyone is aware, Hurricane Sandy crashed into the Northeastern states in late October, causing mass devastation. We’ve all seen the news stories of families affected by winds, floods and fire, but some of our own Corizon family has been affected as well. 

NEW JERSEY

After Hurricane Sandy hit, all of the New Jersey sites were operating on generator power. Wardens worked with Corizon New Jersey leadership and the National Guard to have essential medical staff in each site, despite sporadic phone and cell service from down towers.

The Regional Office did sustain some damage, but medical services at the facilities never ceased. The Corizon New Jersey teams showed exemplary measures of true teamwork.

We would like to thank Gale Gargiulo, VPO, for the updates and are happy to say her family was evacuated and are okay!

Corizon family in the Northeast battle Hurricane Sandy

Manhattan Detention Complex crew

 

Corizon family in the Northeast battle Hurricane Sandy

Debris and damage from Hurricane Sandy in New York

 

NEW YORK

Rikers Island sites were prepared for, but unaffected by the storm. Employees conducted personal fundraising efforts to help those in need in Rockaway, Far Rockaway and Long Beach areas, where some Corizon employees lost everything.

Manhattan Detention Complex also operated on back-up generator service as Sandy hit NYC. Generators provided enough energy for light and heat, so on-duty staff were able to continue service. Many staff were sleeping on cots and working multiple shifts as others were stranded with no transportation to get to work. Even if they had transportation, gas shortages from no electricity to turn on pumps are affecting everyone, even watching some people run out of gas waiting in the gas lines.

Corizon family in the Northeast battle Hurricane Sandy

Debris and damage from Hurricane Sandy in New York

Jane Lachner, VPO, has family in Rockaway and Breezy Point where her brother, mother and sister’s homes all had up to 9-feet of water in their basements. Everyone with cars lost them, and many still have no heat or electricity. Her cousin, a fireman in Breezy Point, also lost his home to a fire.

In an email from an organization called MoveOn they said, “People still don’t have power or water, basements are still flooded, gas shortages have made it hard to run generators, and temperatures are getting down into the 30s. MoveOn members who have volunteered have told us about finding families wet and shivering in the cold. It’s gotten so bad that Doctors Without Borders has set up their first-ever disaster relief effort in the US.”

Our continued thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

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