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AARP New York Survey Details the Post-Sandy Experiences of the 50+ in New York and Long Island

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Contact: David Irwin

AARP New York Survey Details the Post-Sandy Experiences of the 50+ in New York and Long Island

  NEW YORK, New York - Today, on the 1 year anniversary of Sandy, AARP New York is re-releasing a survey of 50+ New York City and Long Island residents, detailing their experiences, pains and struggles.  From power outages and storm damage to how their utility companies and elected officials handled it all, to their ability to rise above it all and volunteer to help others, the survey took a deep dive into the lives of some of those most impacted by Sandy.

According to the AARP survey of 50+ in New York City and Long Island areas, most New Yorkers gave high marks for storm responses to Governor Cuomo, with nearly 70% saying he did a good or excellent job and President Obama, 57.9%.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) didn't score so highly, with just 37.9% saying the agency did a good or excellent job, and 43% stating FEMA's response was poor to fair.

The survey:

  • Purchasing gas proved to be a major problem for just over 60% of the 50+ in the areas impacted by the storm in New York, with 66% reporting inflated gas prices.
  • While 86.4% lost power, nearly three quarters (72.5%) reported being without power for 4 or more days.
  • 28.7% of respondents saw their homes damaged due to Sandy; with over half (52.5%) saying the damage was moderate to severe.
  • 12% said the loss of power complicated health issues.
  • Even though the 50+ age group saw some tough times due to the storm, on a positive note, the majority of those surveyed, 56.3%, volunteered to help others.
  • Both the ability to reach 911 and get medical attention received high marks. With only 3.2% reported getting medical attention was a major problem and 4.9% said the same thing about reaching 911.
  • 1 in10 said they received financial help from any source(government, charitable, neighbors and family)  following Sandy.

"New Yorkers are tough and always willing to step up to the plate to help those people in need, even in the aftermath of a disaster like Sandy," added Finkel.

The full survey is available at:

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