Hurricane Sandy relief efforts continue in national parks and program areas throughout the Northeast. Upwards of 30 National Park Service employees have been displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. The storm did not discriminate – from seasonal employees to division chiefs, those in government housing and in private homes were all affected. At this time, there are employees living in shelters, with friends and relatives, or even in park operation buildings.
While we know that there are a number of parks and employees directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, the number NPS employees who are responding to assist on the ground and by wanting to donate is far greater. Many employees have reached out to ask how they can help our colleagues who have been impacted by the storm damage.
“On behalf of the Service and all those dealing with the storm’s aftermath, I thank you for your spirit of generosity and caring,” said Director Jon Jarvis. “It is what makes the National Park Service more than a federal agency, we are individuals united by passion for not only our mission but for each other’s well- being.”
"Despite this total and complete upheaval to their personal lives, many of these employees are still coming to work to serve the public and their park resources," said Dirk Wiley, who is heading up the Employee Assistance Division of the NPS incident management team. "It is a testament to their dedication to the National Park Service and we are doing anything we can to assist them in their time of need."
The Employee and Alumni Association (E&AA) Trust has established the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The E&AA has a tradition of providing assistance to the employees and the retired alumni of the National Park Service, is committed to providing assistance with all available resources at its disposal to bring relief to these unfortunate members of our NPS family.
The trustees of the E&AA Trust Fund have directed management to provide all support possible to those who have been adversely affected by the storm. One hundred percent of all donated funds received will be promptly distributed to assist those members of our NPS family in need of help. They have already donated some 40 cash cards worth $250 each to NPS employees displaced by the storm.
Employees who wish to help can make a tax deductible donation electronically by visiting http://www.eParks.com and clicking on the icon provided for disaster relief, or by writing a check payable to NPS E&AA Trust Fund for Disaster Relief and sending it to: NPS E&AA Trust, c/o Eastern National, 470 Maryland Drive, Suite 1, Fort Washington, PA 19034.
Please direct questions on this fund (applications or donations) to Jack Ryan at (267)-464-7124 or email@example.com .