AFA Hurricane Sandy Preparedness, Relief & Assistance Update
ith Hurricane Sandy already bearing down on the mid-Atlantic states, AFA representatives are
working at your airline to coordinate efforts to ensure members are safe. If you are having any problems with scheduling or gaining access to safe accommodations, contact your local AFA leaders directly. As always, AFA EAP is a resource for you locally, or call the toll-free line to reach AFA EAP International at 1-800-424-2406.
Within this special edition of AFA Interactive we have provided general information on hurricane preparedness and relief, as well as information about the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund. We encourage donations to the fund from all members who are not experiencing an impact from Sandy in order to be able to provide relief for members who may be in need during recovery from the storm. Details on how to give or get help are included below.
We are anticipating widespread impact from unprecedented weather conditions in some locations including hurricane-force winds extending more than 175 miles from the storm's center, rain accumulation of up to 12 inches, coastal storm surges of up to 10 feet and significant snow accumulation. States of emergency have been declared so far in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Thousands of flights have been cancelled throughout the system. If you have any questions specific to your airline, contact your local AFA leaders.
Local Emergency Assistance
Search for open shelters by texting:
SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
Ex: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply)
One-Stop Assistance for Federal/State Disaster Information and Recovery Assistance:
At this government disaster assistance website you will be able to:
Explore disaster news feeds
Find Federal and State disaster assistance that meets your personal needs
Apply for Federal and state disaster assistance
Check on the status of your application for assistance
Review information on how to return to your home safely
Find rental properties
Access other local assistance programs.
Hurricane preparedness tips from the National Red Cross
Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness Tips>>
For the Red Cross Hurricane App, call **REDCROSS (**73327677) from your mobile phone.
Disaster Recovery Resources
Our afacwa.org website has a Disaster Recovery Resources page that may provide additional guidance for assistance available:
Disaster Recovery Resources >
AFA Disaster Relief Fund
We know that disasters can change lives forever. While we can't stop destructive events from happening, we can, as a Union, assist our members with their recovery. AFA established the disaster relief fund after September 11th to assist our members whose lives were placed in harm's way.
The AFA Disaster Relief Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that is separate from AFAs operating funds. This fund provides a means for AFA members to assist other members who have suffered damage, loss and relocation as a result of disaster. The fund is open for distribution once a presidential declaration for individual assistance is declared.
Donate Now to Assist AFA-CWA Members Who May Be Affected by Sandy
Information on how to donate to the fund by credit card or check can be found at www.afacwa.org. Or, use this direct link to access the donation page:
AFA Disaster Relief Donation Page >
If you are an AFA member needing assistance through the fund, please access this webpage for information about how to access assistance.
AFA Disaster Relief Assistance >
As always, please take care of each other and stay safe. Your union is always with you.