Superstorm Sandy

FCC Halts Plan to Replace Landline Phone Service in NY, NJ

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put the brakes on Verizon’s plan to fast track the replacement of traditional landline telephone service in parts of New York and New Jersey with a new, less reliable, wireless option called Voice Link.  Instead of automatically approving Verizon’s application, the FCC has requested more information from the company. Superstorm Sandy In October of 2012 Superstorm Sandy, the most destructive storm of the season, devastated much of the Northeast.  Sandy soon became one …

An Evacuation Plan at Your Parent’s Nursing Home: 9 Questions to Ask

Posted on 04/19/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMedia images of nursing home residents being evacuated after an explosion this week at a nearby fertility plant in West, Texas, raise an important issue. That is, if your loved one is, or may some day be, in a nursing home, do you know what its evacuation and emergency plans are? According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in 2012 on any day, more than 1.4 million Americans live in 15,800 nursing homes; more than 3 million have …

When Disaster Strikes, AARP Answers the Call

Posted on 11/30/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringWhen Superstorm Sandy roared in, more than 6 million AARP members, their families and neighbors were among those whose lives she affected most severely. Since our founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, first envisioned the 50+ population as an “army of useful citizens” more than a half century ago, disasters like Sandy have been a call to help and service that our members never hesitate to heed. They responded with an extraordinary outpouring of volunteer support and financial contributions for the people …

Surviving Sandy: ‘I Raised My Hand’

Posted on 11/21/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is the last in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy and the people who responded to help them.   Day after day, Bob Tulipan led teams of relief volunteers to the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. One day the Rockaways; Staten Island the next. There was a mission dubbed “Operation Muck-Out” because scores of willing hands banded together to clean the residue and mold from homes that were …

Surviving Sandy: ‘We Thought We Were Safe This Time’

Posted on 11/20/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Volunteering  This is the fourth in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. On Monday evening, Oct. 29, Liz Bennett heard the distant wail of fire engines outside her modest frame home on the thin Rockaway Beach peninsula that juts out of the borough of Queens. Liz (above) yelled upstairs to her husband, Bill, who at 67 is retired from his job as the superintendent of a building in Manhattan. Then …

Surviving Sandy: ’10 Years of Hard Work and Sacrifice … Gone’

Posted on 11/19/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is the third in a series of profiles of New Yorker area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. When Sue Saunders opened the door to her waterfront shop in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, she burst into tears. New York Printing and Graphics, the business Sue (above) had built from a kitchen-table operation into a thriving venture, had been reduced to a heap of muddy, overturned presses and soggy piles of what was once her inventory. “I celebrated …