CAU is greatly in need of emergency supplies to replenish and restore what was used this past week. See the list below of what items the agency is in need of:
AA, C and D Batteries
Flashlights & Glow-sticks Camping Lamps
Blankets & Sleeping Bags Hand & Foot Warmers
These items can be dropped off or shipped to the Main Office
80 West Grand St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Attn: Development Department
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908.354.3040 with any questions.
I hope this message finds you warm, safe, and doing well in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Despite the crisis Community Access Unlimited was faced with this past week, CAU has gathered together to support our members and staff through this troubling time.
No amount of pre-planning could prepare CAU for the physical and emotional destruction Sandy would leave in her wake. Even with every effort to secure food, medication, gas, shelter, and emergency kits for our nearly 3000 members in Union County, we were greatly affected by the storm. 88% of our programs lost power the Monday night of the storm along with the main office in Elizabeth, leaving most of our members and staff without heat and electricity. Staff members were stranded at their programs, some working
24-36 hour shifts to support our members. Some of our programs even suffered physical damage due to fallen trees and the high winds New Jersey experienced.
But here at CAU, we do not go down without a fight. Despite their own personal hard-times, our staff members came together Tuesday morning to provide for our members. Before the main office even had power, supervisory and administrative staff made
communication connections with all of our sites, assessing their needs. Property . Property management and staff were out at many of the sites to offer help and access the damages. I personally toured many sites late Tuesday
morning onward. Once notified that the main office had power, I declared the office as a
headquarters for disaster relief and we set up the office so our members could warm up,
get a hot meal, and gather as a CAU community. Supervisory and administrative staff
made contact with 100% of our members in person throughout Wednesday and Thursday.
We hooked up generators where possible and moved members to warm spots. Hot meals
were delivered and provided from Wednesday afternoon onward. Our staff searched Union
County securing supplies for our members. We established a gas line to Pennsylvania and
made FEMA and County contacts for our 100 program vehicles, key staff vehicles as
| well as to keep our generators operational. As sites got electricity we made the needed
moves to make sure our members and staff were warm, secure, and those
with medical needs safe.
The efforts of last week have not diminished as we continue to recover. We still
have many programs without power. Our property management team is working
above and beyond to clear out debris and saw fallen trees and make our
properties safe for our members who are ambulatory and our members who
are non-ambulatory. We’ve even had a supporter make a ten hour journey
from Maine to bring us supplies and assistance. Our agency staff has
dedicated their efforts to contact and secure over 3000 people
with disabilities and at-risk youth and assist their fellow staff
members, some despite their own personal lack of
power and heat.
I would personally like to thank all members and staff that has
helped keep our agency safe and secure over the past week.
Thank you to all of our supporters who have gone out of their
way to provide what they could to assist our agency and its
members. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are
interested in assisting us as we recover from this tragedy.
I wish the best of luck to you and your families.
Sidney Blanchard / Executive Director / CAU