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Superstorm Sandy

Continuing Coverage Appeal

Some weather forecasters, while describing the potential impact to Atlantic Coast of then Hurricane Sandy said the storm would be an "epic" event. The photos of devastation that have filled television and Internet screens appeared to bear out that prediction. By the end of the day after the storm blew across the coast and into Pennsylvania, more than 8 million customers were without electricity and shelters were open in at least nine states. In addition to helping survivors cope with wind, rain, and floods, shelters were also open in West Virginia where blizzard warnings were posted.
As the national news media focused on the storm's aftermath, photos were repeatedly shown of the impact Superstorm Sandy had on New York City and Atlantic City. Almost all the reports about early response and where donations should be sent focused on the work of the American Red Cross. Smaller communities across the Mid-Atlantic States were also devastated by the superstorm and faith-based organizations were actively responding, but there were few mentions of any efforts not coordinated by the Red Cross.
Disaster News Network (DNN) began reporting the work of the faith community when the storm hit and has incorporated new information in the year since. Announcements of stories about the faith community's efforts have been sent to reporters who have asked to receive disaster response news from DNN as well as distributed through social media. One story posted about faith-based response was viewed more than 35,000 times in less than 24 hours.
DNN is issuing this Appeal to continue to raise national visibility of the effective work of faith-based disaster response groups will make in the lives of Sandy's survivors. 

DNN uses a network of local journalists to provide exclusive on-the-ground coverage of disaster response efforts. Their efforts will be supplemented by telephone interviews when appropriate.
News releases from DNN sponsors will be posted on DNN and sent to DNN's mailing list for members of the press and distributed across social media channels.DNN will focus its coverage to put a human face on the efforts of the faith community as it responds to this disaster. In its coverage, DNN will concentrate not only on physical recovery but also on emotional hardship - and interfaith and community response. DNN reporters will also focus on the needs of elderly people, children, disabled persons and other populations for which recovery may pose a special challenge. 

Financial assistance is needed for editorial staff and expenses for Disaster News Network's quick response and long-term coverage of superstorm Sandy. (As the full scope of response becomes known DNN may need to revise this appeal.)

Contributions may be sent to:
Disaster News Network, Village Life Company
730 Frederick Road, Suite 206
Catonsville, MD 21228.

The Village Life Company, a 501(c)3 charity, produces DNN. All donations are tax deductible.

For updates on disaster news and volunteer opportunities, visit the DNN Web site at For other information, call Jim Skillington at (443) 393-2390.

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