Members of the Buildings and Grounds crew, Nayyarsons staff, and public safety officers were honored at the College’s annual holiday celebration for their work at the evacuation center after Hurricane Sandy. For two weeks, the APEX facility was home to approximately 130 displaced persons.
On the evening of October 29, just as Hurricane Sandy’s winds were reaching their catastrophic force, Lehman’s Buildings and Grounds crew were on the campus, ready to meet any challenge. When the buses and trains stopped running, many were forced to stay on.
In the days following the storm, the College’s evacuation center became a hive of activity—first came the senior citizens from an adult care facility, then there were the patients from a nursing home with acute medical needs, people who had lost power found their way to the Center, and, finally, the truly homeless arrived. The center provided 24/7 service to three distinct populations over a two-and-a-half-week period.
“I call them ‘Hurricane Heroes,’ because everyone involved in this operation showed true dedication and compassion for these people, many of whom received no visitors during their stay with us,” says Vice President of Administration and Finance Vincent Clark. “They truly went above and beyond, and they did it because they cared.”
In addition, the College sent its electricians, laborers, and custodians to help at Hunter College’s Brookdale Campus.
All those who supported the evacuation center’s efforts received a sweatshirt and a certificate signed by the president and vice president.