|Supplies at Wallace No. 6 Elementary School in Hoboken|
Around midnight on Wednesday, Simons posted a note to friends on Facebook ( FB ) asking for an array of supplies and volunteers who can speak Spanish. She said she would try to collect money for supplies and groceries from colleagues at Barclays to buy in Manhattan and bring back to Hoboken on Thursday evening. "Maybe I can send an email out to the floor," Simons said. A Thursday morning email sent by Simons to colleagues, friends and family outlines which donations Hoboken City Hall says are needed -- emergency blankets, flashlights, bottled water, diapers and formula supplies, to name a few -- and how Hoboken residents can volunteer on food, water and prescription delivery efforts, among many tasks.
Non-Hoboken residents outside of emergency personnel aren't allowed in the city. Simons expects Wednesday's efforts were just a first step in what will likely be a lengthy recovery effort, echoing comments made by President Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other officials charged with disaster response. "I think this is the beginning of a long road," Simons said of the work being done in Hoboken. She plans to remain a Wall Streeter by day and a volunteer by night to help Hoboken. -- Written by Antoine Gara in New York For more on Hoboken's recovery effort and how to help those in the need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, below is a list of links that will be updated though the day. For details on how to help in Hoboken, see the Mayor's Facebook page for volunteer and emergency relief bulletins and the official Web site of Hoboken City Hall that is calling for volunteers. Also see Timeout New York's blog on how to help in New York City President Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney and scores of elected officials have called for those across the country to donate money to the American Red Cross, if they have resources. The relief agency is also calling for urgent blood donations.