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Bridge Foundation Responds to Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, 04 November 2012 00:00

New Canaan, CT – Bridge Foundation, delivered two high-powered generators to Newark, New Jersey and truckloads of Diageo bottled water to Edison and Hillside, New Jersey in response to Hurricane Sandy which caused unprecedented damage throughout the northeast.


The generators and water are part of Diageo's Spirit of the Americas Humanitarian Aid program that provides hands-on assistance in the wake of natural disasters. Bridge Foundation staffed arrived in Hillside, New Jersey on Wednesday October 31st to deliver bottled water to The Community Food Bank of New Jersey that works in 18 counties with 1500 local partner agencies. A second truck of bottled water arrived Friday November 1st to a warehouse that was used by volunteers as a base to distribute van loads of water to affected areas.

A pair of 280kw generators was delivered to the Newark, NJ Fire Department and Emergency Operations Center. The first was placed at the Geraldine Gigi Foushee retirement home, an elderly skilled nursing facility in the heart of Newark. The more than 900 residents were without power for more than five days and the generator, which went online Friday morning, is being used to power the HVAC system, lights ­ and most importantly ­ the elevators for this 11-story building. With power restored residents were also able to recharge batteries for wheelchairs and a myriad of other necessary medical devices.

The second generator was placed at Engine Company 16 in Newark, where Firefighters usually operate three fireboats to patrol the Passaic River. Their role changed significantly over Sandy¹s duration as the boats are being used to extract residents from their flooded homes and other locations along the lower Hudson River, and to deliver emergency equipment to locations inaccessible by land.

Bridge Foundation staff and volunteers were on hand as both generators went online.