Biesenbach Continues Rockaway Recovery Efforts

111 Biesenbach Continues Rockaway Recovery Efforts

A damaged stretch of the boardwalk in the Rockaway neighborhood. (Getty Images)

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York last week, MoMA PS1’s director, Klaus Biesenbach, has been a vocal advocate for the hard-hit Rockaways, leading volunteer groups to help clean up and repair damage in the area.

Mr. Biesenbach just sent an e-mail to press stating that he is organizing another trip to the Rockaways this Saturday at 10 a.m. from 4 West 54th Street, right by MoMA. Information about the supplies and types of skills they are looking for is below. Those interested in participating should e-mail aidforrockaway@gmail.com.

BASIC SUPPLY OF WATER, FOOD, AND CLOTHES IS PROVIDED AT THE MOMENT BUT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED

ROCKAWAY NEEDS LIST:

–          Gas or propane powered heat lamps (like Fire Sense Commercial Floor Standing Patio Heater)

–          Bleach (like Clorox)

–          Cleaning products: sponges, mops, contractor bags

–          Brooms (18 inch hard bristle/stiff push brush)

–          Propane tanks (for the generators)

–          Propane powered generators (like Sportsman, Generac 3000 watts and above)

–          Oil filled electric residential heaters

–          Portable forced-air propane heaters with blowers (like Dyna-Glo 30 to 60,000 BTU)

–          Batteries

–          Flashlights (like Rayovac)

–          Tools

–          Blankets

–          Tents (minimum 10×20 footprint with sidewalls, like http://www.acecanopy.com/canopyenc10x20w-115-28.html)

–          Square head shovels

–          Spades

–          Coveralls

–          Work boots (like Cordova PVC boots or cement boots)

–          Work, rubber and vinyl gloves

–          Respirators (like Cordova N95) http://bit.ly/SStD41

–          Dust masks

–          Goggles

VOLUNTEER BASICS:

–          Handle serious manual labor

–          Clean sites/basements

–          Demolition help

–          Organize and distribute food/clothing

–          Wear warm clothes

–          Bring thick rubber boots

–          Bring work gloves

VOLUNTEERS SPECIFICATIONS ESPECIALLY NEEDED:

–          Repairmen

–          Plumbers with equipment

–          Knowledge and help for residents to deal with insurances and possible funds

–          Skills in social work and care-giving

–          Home renovation experts

–          People experienced in crafts, construction

–          Mold treatment experts

–          Russian speakers

–          Architectural skills

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE RSVP BY EMAIL TO AIDFORROCKAWAY@GMAIL.COM TO SECURE A SEAT ON THE BUS