For Immediate Release: HWCLI & PSEG Help Long Island Prepare for Next Disaster




Rebecca Sanin

Health & Welfare Council of Long Island

(o) 516-505-4423; (c) 516-382-1658

HWCLI and PSEG Foundation Help

Long Island’s Non-profit Organizations

Plan and Prepare for the Next Disaster


Melville, NY (September 8, 2017) – Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) received a two-year grant of $200,000 from PSEG Foundation to support the resiliency work of the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).


The Long Island VOAD is a coalition of non-profit, government and community based organizations that work together on planning and preparation for future disasters.  The Long Island VOAD meets regularly to develop and update preparedness plans as well as conduct trainings, drills and Prepare-A-Thons to bring awareness of the important of disaster planning to the general public and local governments. Support from PSEG Foundation has helped HWCLI to build a Long Island VOAD website and virtual library of resources for disaster preparedness.


“As we begin September, the National Disaster Preparedness Month, HWCLI is incredibly grateful to the PSEG Foundation for its on-going support of disaster planning and preparedness on Long Island.  Their stellar leadership in disaster planning and preparedness ensures that Long Island’s health and human service agencies will be ready to respond when the next disaster hits Long Island.  HWCLI couldn’t do this work without PSEG Foundation’s funding and the participation of every organization contributing to the Long Island VOAD,” said Rebecca Sanin, President/CEO of HWCLI.


“PSEG Foundation is committed to caring for people and communities across Long Island and the Rockaways, and in all the locations we do business,” said Ellen Lambert, President, PSEG Foundation. “We proudly support the emergency preparedness and response work of the Long Island VOAD and appreciate the dedication of HWCLI, which has helped strengthen Long Island communities.”


Since after 9/11, HWCLI has convened and led the Long Island VOAD which has grown to over 100 members and added a range of subcommittees that look to develop plans and systems to activate at the time of a natural or man-made disaster.  Under HWCLI’s leadership the Long Island VOAD activated the Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) after Superstorm Sandy which included Disaster Case Management, Volunteer Housing Assistance and the Unmet Needs Roundtable, a funder forum that distributed over $6 million in grants to support the recovery of Sandy victims.

The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island is a not for profit, health and human services planning, education, and advocacy organization that serves Long Island’s at-risk and vulnerable individuals and families.