Wildcat crews have participated in emergency response, recovery and cleanup activities throughout some of the worst natural disasters in the city’s history.
Winter Storm Jonas
In January 2016 Winter Storm Jonas dumped almost 27 inches of snow on New York City, making it the second biggest storm in NYC history. Fortunately for many seniors and residents with disabilities, Wildcat crews were there to dig them out. Beginning early on the morning of Sunday January 24, the crews cleared snow from 245 residences in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Over 50 crew members participated in the six-day snow removal effort, clearing doorways, driveways and sidewalks for residents.
- In District 43, Brooklyn, Council Member Vincent Gentile urged residents prior to the storm to register with his office to receive Wildcat snow removal services. Resident Margaret Thompson, 43, expressed the sentiments of many residents in a letter to Council Member Gentile–“My dad is 91 years old, has a pacemaker and suffers from severe arthritis. My sisters and I live an hour away. Hearing the sense of relief and happiness in his voice when he told me Wildcat crews had shoveled and salted his driveway was priceless. I truly and sincerely want to thank you for offering this valuable service to a very vulnerable population and for implementing it in an effective, professional and friendly manner!”
- In District 14, Bronx, Council Member Fernando Cabrera grabbed a shovel and helped Wildcat crews remove snow from residences in his district. “Wildcat is doing an outstanding job helping with snow removal for senior homeowners in District 14,” he said. “This is a much-needed service for a vulnerable population in our community, and I am proud to partner with them.”
On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall as one of the most destructive hurricanes in the nation’s history, causing $70 billion in damage in 24 states. New York and New Jersey were the hardest hit, and New York City experienced significant flooding, closure of streets, tunnels and subway lines, and prolonged power blackouts.
Throughout the storm, Wildcat teams and Fedcap Facilities Management employees supported essential services at NYC’s homeless shelters and helped move residents to new sites. The teams supported essential services at the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) installation in New Jersey and other vital contract locations in New York and New Jersey. After the storm Wildcat crews helped clear water, mud and debris at locations including Hunter College and John Jay College in Manhattan, and several locations in hard-hit areas in the Rockaways and Coney Island.
In recognition for these critical and timely services Steve Coons, President of Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc., received the following letter from Fern Vasile, then-Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Office of Contract, Budget Management and Personnel Services, NYC:
“On October 29, 2012, New York City was hit with Super Storm Sandy, causing significant damage to several HRA locations. In the days and weeks following this disaster, HRA requested your services and, without delay, you responded. You assisted this Agency in providing essential services to needy New Yorkers.”
“It is clear that without the cooperation and commitment provided by your company, HRA’s ability to quickly meet our demands would have been far more difficult to achieve, if not impossible.”
“Please accept this Agency’s most sincere appreciation for your assistance during this crisis.”