Marcucci’s Making Their Mark

PIMF Blog Notes

Super Storm Sandy

Superstorm SandyJust this past October, Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest hurricane in America’s history made it way up our coastal shoreline. Early estimates assessed damage at nearly $75 billion, Hurricane Katrina being the only storm to surpass it. At least 285 known people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries it hit. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Damage to businesses in New Jersey alone totaled to $30 billion.

For those fortunate enough to not have been affected, you many not know that more than two million homes throughout the Garden State were without power due to the super storm. Close to 346,000 homes ranged from slightly damaged to completely destroyed; sadly, 37 people lost their lives. New Jersey was left in…

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NY State Disaster Case Management Program: Hurricane Sandy


New York State Disaster Case Management Program



New York State, with funding from the FEMA, is providing disaster case management (DCM) services for New Yorkers with unmet needs arising from Hurricane Sandy.  Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York is managing the DCM program, as it did following Hurricanes Irene and Lee.

The DCM program is designed to provide a locally-based disaster case manager for New Yorkers with unmet needs related to Hurricane Sandy.  By funding a coordinated network of community-based agencies, New York State hopes to provide easy access to support for residents seeking help and to avoid duplication of services. 

Catholic Charities is subcontracting with locally-based not-for-profits to provide direct services through October 2014 in the following counties:  Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.


In order to be eligible for the DCM program…

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Rutgers Football Remembers Sandy Victims

The Adventures of jeff & unkajeff


In case you didn’t notice, yesterday marked 5 months since Superstorm Sandy. Kudos to Rutgers Football for keeping Recovery in the news. Playing a Spring game with town names on their jerseys instead of their own names and changing the helmet logo to a Jersey Strong design. Great idea.

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Can We Avoid Natural Disasters?

Energy, Government PR

The topic of climate change and global warming has become increasingly more important in the last few years. Many debate whether global warming is a thing that we are causing or a natural thing or even a real thing at all. Differing opinions about global warming has made it a rather controversial topic to say the least. However, the changing of weather patterns and the increase in more severe storms with the passing of each year has pushed this topic into the category of hot button issues.


The recent and devastating hurricane Sandy has brought the topic of climate change and global warming front and center. Hurricane Sandy destroyed entire coastal areas all up and down the eastern seaboard leaving many homeless and towns devastated. A hurricane like this makes everyone wonder how it can be avoided in the future. The hurricane wasn’t entirely a horrible thing, the…

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Goodbye My Little Piece of Paradise

I am writing about something that admittedly has nothing to do with food, which as my readers know is the main focus of my musings, but has molded my life thus far and has made me who I am.  While I am aware that what I am writing may be cheesy, it is an ode to the end of an era and I am not ashamed. To be honest, there is something cold and unfeeling that comes with knowing that a place that held most of your cherished memories, a place where friends were family and unspoken bond was held by anyone that lived nearby, has become a soulless symbol of destruction. I suppose that comes with being the unlucky victim of a hurricane.

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It is sad that I can call myself one of the fortunate ones, most of my friends’ homes burned to the ground in the span of a few…

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The Economy of a Hurricane

The beaches are hurting

The evolution of social media in Hurricane Sandy

ICT4D @ Tulane

Throughout the semester we have discussed the multipurpose of Information and Communication Technologies as it can be utilized in a variety of ways in efforts to promote development.  This past week we have focused on Social Media and its effect in the developing world. While we have studied articles about social media in time of war as well as social media as a tool to deliver a message trans-nationally, we have also discussed social media in times of a natural disaster. It is well known that natural disasters are a huge component of international development as they have the ability to endanger a population and impede progress. According to a report released by the World Bank, “natural disasters can wipe out development gains and eclipse years of development investment. While they occur worldwide, their economic and social impacts have been increasing and are generally much greater in developing countries than…

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Thank you Thursday – 3.4.13

Staten Island Yankees


The Staten Island Yankees are proud to announce a new program that will be put in place every Thursday to thank you the fans for your support and in turn donate funds to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that benefits victims of Hurricane Sandy.

From Thursday, April 4th until Thursday, July 25th the Staten Island Yankees will donate $1 to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for every season & ticket plan sale. Every Thursday, we’ll announce the grand total of funds committed to the Stephen Siller Foundation as a result of the fans support!

Throughout the season, we will also highlight a number of loyal season ticket holders on the official Staten Island Yankees blog that will include interesting facts and feedback on their experience at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support of the Staten Island Yankees and…

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National Hurricane Center To Change How It Warns People Of Tropical Storms

CBS Philly

MIAMI (AP) — Responding to criticism after Superstorm Sandy, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday it would change the way it warns people about tropical storms that morph into something else.

At the height of Sandy, as the hurricane knocked on the Northeast coast, forecasters at the center stopped issuing advisories and warnings because the storm merged with two cold-weather systems, lost its tropical characteristics and mutated into a hybrid megastorm.

Sandy lost the hurricane part of its name and the prestige that comes with the hurricane center’s constant attention and reliable forecasts, and some people said that caused Northeast residents to underestimate its danger.

Under the new policy, the hurricane center in Miami will continue to put out warnings and advisories if a storm threatens people and land, even if a hurricane or tropical storm becomes something different.

“You don’t want to change the flow of information in the…

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