â€œTheyâ€™re evacuating the Rockaways,â€ says Tammy, identified by her duct-tape name tag. â€œThe storm surge is going to be 3 to 5 feet. I canâ€™t send my volunteers into a dangerous situation.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got that U-Haul truck of donated groceries,â€ replies Shlomo, wearing a green military-style cap. â€The truckâ€™s gotta go back to the Upper West Side tonight, and itâ€™s all fresh food thatâ€™s gonna spoil. I think I can make it out there. What do you wanna do?â€
She sighs. â€I already told all the cars to turn back. I donâ€™t know.â€
They gaze out at the street in front of St. Jacobi Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Double-parked cars drop off donations or get filled with supplies and potential field volunteers. A new storm is set to hammer a region that hasnâ€™t yet recovered from Hurricane Sandy. Basements remain flooded, countless high-rise towers are still without power or water, and the Red Cross and FEMA canâ€™t keep up with the communityâ€™s basic needs.