Past Disaster Response

World Cares Center has previously responded to disasters across the five boroughs and around the globe.

Superstorm Sandy

World Cares Center, well prepared due to its Hurricane Irene response, opened three volunteer reception centers in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, and Staten Island managing spontaneous volunteers who mucked and gutted over 500 homes preparing them for rebuild. WCC also trained over 1700 volunteers in Flood Safety and Response.

Hurricane Irene

WCC led the coordination of volunteer groups providing muck and gut services across the New Jersey. Working with NJ211, New Jersey State Police, NJ VOAD and dozens of volunteer groups WCC managed over 1200 requests for support. This response led to the development of World Cares Centers Flood Response Training co-developed with the Southern Baptists Response Team.

Hurricane Katrina

In concert with the University of New Orleans and FEMA, World Cares Center assisted in local volunteer management and the development of Welcome Home Centers.

The 2003 NYC Blackout

World Cares Center transformed the September Space Community Resilience Center into a temporary shelter and call center for stranded individuals in the NYC area.

New York City Earthquake

Though little damaged occurred, this event was reminiscent of the 9-11-2001 attacks. Building managers had not prepared for an earthquake and mixed messages added to the fear. WCC quickly responded by launching an earthquake safety training for facility managers.

Aftermath of 9/11

The work behind World Cares Center emerged during this time, when the September Space Community Resilience Center was set up to serve as a healing space for
volunteers and emergency responders.