November 6, 2012
Dear Friends in New York and New Jersey,
On behalf of SBP’s staff, Board and the clients you have served, I wish you safety and prompt recovery from the impact of Superstorm Sandy – you are in our thoughts and prayers. We have been following your recovery closely; we are aware of the devastating impact of loss of property and belongings, and we also know, all too well, the emotional and physical impact of a delayed recovery.
Although there is still much work to be done in New Orleans, we have made a lot of headway, and we’ve learned some really valuable lessons. These lessons and best practices are the foundation of Disaster Recovery Lab, a training center SBP is creating for other disaster-impacted communities who can benefit from the lessons Hurricane Katrina taught us.
SBP is already sharing its model in Joplin, MO (operating as Rebuild Joplin – www.rebuildjoplin.org) and in the Isaac-impacted communities of Plaquemines and St. John Parishes here in Louisiana. With generous skill-based and financial support from Toyota, UPS, Entergy and Dow, and deeply leveraged by an increased AmeriCorps grant, we know we can do more.
For communities impacted by Sandy – and thanks to UPS – our initial plan is to host web-based training sessions with instructional videos that focus on critical first steps you and your community should take as you plan your recovery. These topics include: