March Theme: Natural Disasters & Relief

Welcome to March

…the month that brings you the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, spring break, and, hopefully, actual spring!

This month, the Center for Community Action & Research in NYC will be focusing on the issues surrounding this year’s Alternative Spring Break trip, in which 16 Pace students from the New York and Pleasantville campuses will spend four days working to help rebuild areas in the Rockaways after the destruction of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Did you know:

  • 1.1 million people were killed in natural disasters in the last 12 years (1)
  • Hurricane Sandy was the nation’s most expensive storm since Hurricane Katrina, which caused $128 billion in damage. (2)
  • 2012 marked the third consecutive year of worldwide natural disaster damage exceeding $100 billion. 2011 reached a record high of $371 billion. (3)
  • 48% of Americans lack emergency supplies for use in the event of a disaster. (4)

Want to get involved?

  • Be sure to follow us on our social media sites to learn facts, watch videos, and read stories about climate change, income inequality, and the many other issues impacting storms like Sandy and their aftermath.
  • Stop by our table on March 5th from 12:00pm-1:30pm to Take Action! for Disaster Relief. We will have information about disasters like Sandy and their continued impact on NYC and around the world, and give students, faculty, and staff members the opportunity to sign up to participate in a city-wide initiative to train everyday citizens to be heroes in the case of a future natural disaster. You can also volunteer to help out by staffing the table or recruiting students to participate!
  • Keep following our blog to read posts from students participating in Alternative Spring Break, and subscribe to our newsletter to find out how they will bring back what they learn on the trip to the Pace campuses.

Email us at to find out more about any of our events, or if you are interested in planning one of your own. You can make a difference in the event of a future natural disaster!