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26 Aug, 2011 | News

Catholic Charities Prepares for Hurricane Irene

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens prepares clients, programs and staff for Hurricane Irene, as the City orders evacuations of nursing homes and senior centers in low-lying areas throughout the city.

With evacuation contingencies in effect for low-lying areas like Coney Island, Brooklyn and Rockaway, Queens, Catholic Charities has evacuated residents from the Catholic Charities Saints Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Coney Island, Brooklyn. 200 residents were safely transported to area hospitals or to families’ homes.

The Catholic Charities Seaside Senior Center, in Rockaway, Queens, is closed until Monday.

Today, the Catholic Charities Southwest Queens Home Delivered Meals program has delivered an extra meal to 800 homebound seniors, lest the program cannot deliver on Monday. On Saturday, the program will deliver the usual hot meal for Saturday and a chilled meal for Sunday. Boxes of non-perishable food have also been delivered, just in case.

The Southwest Queens Home Delivered Meals program’s case management unit has called vulnerable clients to make sure that they are prepared for the storm, paying extra attention to clients who use life-sustaining equipment, such as oxygen, with the purpose of making sure that they have supplies and a plan to deal with a power outage.

Case workers are also calling isolated seniors in areas endangered by flooding, such as parts of Howard Beach or West Hamilton Beach, Queens, encouraging them to make arrangements to go to the home of family or friends, if at all possible. Information and assistance is also provided regarding evacuation centers.

Catholic Charities will communicate with over 1,000 Catholic Charities employees, providing hurricane Irene updates, public transportation and evacuation information. All managers are encouraged to make sure that their program Emergency Contact listings are verified and ready to use so that communication flows easily with staff.

Catholic Charities is also encouraging all staff to utilize the agency’s social media channels, and to share the information provided with those they serve.

Agency updates will be posted on the Catholic Charities web site,, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as access to check-lists, evacuation centers and other New York City Emergency Management Resources.

For updated hurricane information, please visit:

Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder:

Ready NY Hurricane Guide(in multiple languages):

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