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Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

5 Nov


You may have been able to watch Homeland last night or are back to work today but there are still thousands of people who are in need of help due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy[i]. Below are some ways you can help those in need.

Give Money

The Red Cross has made it very easy to donate to Hurricane Sandy victims.

 You can donate by:

–      Visiting the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org,

–      Calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

–      Texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

–      Mailing a contribution to:

 The American Red Cross

P.O. Box 37243

Washington, D.C.



To volunteer in New Jersey, call the emergency response hotline 

1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397) or email Rowena Madden, the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism at  Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us.

 To volunteer in New York, check out New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio’s volunteer program, hosted on his website advocate.nyc.gov.


Buy a T-Shirt

GREY AREA is selling two t-shirts designed by Sebastian Errazuriz to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief victims. These shirts will be sold on their website (https://www.shopgreyarea.com) and at their SoHo showroom with 100% of the profit going to Hurricane Sandy relief programs.

Donate Blood

Hurricane Sandy has made a negative impact in blood supply so the Red Cross is  asking for immediate blood and platelet donations to support the needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation to make an appointment.

House a student

Fairfield University is asking for help housing about 300 students who lived along Fairfield beach. For information, visit www.fairfield.edu to sign up to host a student.

Want more information?

The Huffington Post is maintaining a live blog on how to help storm victims, which includes donation drop-off locations in New York and New Jersey.


Who is my doc?

6 Aug

Consumer reports is a good resource for a lot of things. It can help you pick a car or a new washer/dryer – but what about helping you pick your doctor? Consumer Reports has just published its first ratings of primary care doctors and earlier this year they published reports on heart surgeons.

I decided to check out this resource, however I was out of luck because you must have a Consumer Report account.  One thing that I found interesting is you can look up your state and Consumer Reports will give you a list of free health care resources. For example I looked up New York and found that I could go to the New York State Department and find licensing, disciplinary action, hospital affiliations, mortality rates and number of procedures for all registered doctors. Below are some screen shots

As helpful as these resources are I would use caution in letting them be the only factor that dictates which doctor you see.  When I am looking for a doctor recommendation, I usually consult with my primary care physician and also ask for recommendations from family and friends.

Go to http://www.consumerreports.org/health/home.htm to look up healthcare in your area

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