According to NJ.com “The state is underestimating the magnitude of the cost(of Sandy),” Tom Hoogeboom, a needs assessment coordinator with World Renew Disaster Response, a Michigan-based non-profit. “They’ve had a lot of anecdotal reports, but nobody has quantified the actual cost of the storm recovery.”
“You would expect the most important loss is the home, but it’s not,” Tom said. “It is things like sense of security, community and sanity – people are traumatized. People tell us they miss their sense of self reliance, because they have never depended on anyone else for anything.”
They also collect information about more abstract needs, covering mental and emotional issues. The platoon of aid workers consists mostly of retirees, all of whom work for free.
Volunteers will be available in Highlands:
PTAK Towers Senior Citizen Center
215 Shore Drive
Highlands, NJ 07732
Saturday, May 4: 9 am – 4 pm
Monday, May 6: 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, May 7: 12 pm – 7 pm
The data does more to inform the true cost of a disaster than many of the estimates made in the immediate aftermath of the storm.