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Interview: Eyewitness to Hurricane Sandy

Rochel Burstyn

Wherever you are in the world, you surely heard about Hurricane Sandy, which whipped through the East Coast of theUSjust a few weeks ago at the end of October. Millions of people were left without electricity, whole areas were flooded, homes had to be evacuated and subway stations were filled with water. We spoke to Avigdor Cyperstein, Hatzolah member and one of the founders of Chaverim of Queens.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

hurricane sandyHi Avigdor, how did you prepare for the hurricane?

InQueens, people didn’t prepare by banging wooden slats over their windows although they did in other areas. We told everyone to make sure they had flashlights and batteries in case the power went out and to make sure they had all the supplies they’d need for a few days, in case the weather was so bad they couldn’t leave home. As for Hatzolah and Chaverim, we sent messages out to our volunteers to be safe and cautious. We always try to help as many people as we can but safety comes first.

What does Chaverim actually do?

We formed in January 2008. Chaverim literally means “friends” and that’s what we are. We’re the best type of friends to have and we’re friends to everyone! People call us when they’re stranded, when their car battery needs a jump, if someone’s locked out of their house or car, if they have a flat tire, anything. The calls come in to our dispatcher and someone will go out to the scene and help the caller.


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