On the night of Oct. 29, 2012, Linda Vergara looked out the front door of her home in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, and thought: “This is not good. We better get out of here.”... Click to read more
Disaster Response and Recovery
The Shorefront YM-YWHA is located in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn and has served as the epicenter of disaster relief for all of the south Brooklyn neighborhoods hard hit by Superstorm Sandy since October 29, 2012. We have and will continue to work with residents, businesses and community groups throughout the Coney Island Peninsula and beyond--Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach and Canarsie. The Shorefront Y remains committed to this work for as long as it takes to ensure that our community receives the help they need and life in our neighborhoods emerges even stronger than before.
We have recently partnered with the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) to provide our community members with information and support for emergency preparedness and recovery efforts. As a part of that effort, we created and for several months facilitated a support group for Superstorm Sandy survivors to come together to learn about current resources, share experiences as well as provide each other with emotional support promoting self-advocacy towards recovery. In addition, we are proud to host many workshops to educate community members on how to become more resilient by being prepared to a future disaster.