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In Sandy's Wake, an Aid Website Gets a Big Test

Caption: The  LowerEastSide.Recovers.org website which matches volunteers with
people who need their help.

Caption: The LowerEastSide.Recovers.org website which matches volunteers with people who need their help. Source: Businessweek.com

On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where power failed and water flooded the streets Monday night, some residents are testing a new website to organize their response. The site, LowerEastSide.Recovers.org, matches volunteers with people who need their help.

Those in need can post requests for goods like flashlights, water, and food. Volunteers can post offers of donated goods or labor. The parent site, Recovers.org, is a clearinghouse designed to manage the logistical chaos that often follows a disaster, when unsolicited aid can overwhelm officials and organizations unequipped to handle it. Volunteers in other New York neighborhoods, including Red Hook in Brooklyn and Astoria in Queens, have set up local sites for their communities.