The scope of the disaster on Staten Island can be measured by a mountain of garbage debris from Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter. That mountain of debris will only get bigger.
Volunteers handed out supplies donated by other strangers on Midland Avenue in Staten Island on Thursday.
Dzeneed Tadhari walked across the street from her cold dark home to get food and water. To prevent a fire, her house must first get an electrical inspection then Con Ed can turn on the power.
These volunteers were from Restore Staten Island. It was organized via a Facebook page, because for four days Staten Island got no help, the founder said.
FEMA was back on duty Thursday in Staten Island after shutting down Wednesday because of the nor'easter. Pat Hernandez, the head of FEMA on Staten Island, said he closed the FEMA office to save satellite equipment and for safety.
FEMA said it has registered 13,000 Staten Island homes, given out $28 million, and is seeking semi-permanent housing for 5,000 homeless Staten Islanders.
The Marines landed in Staten Island Thursday to help but so far a lot of help is coming from volunteers organized Salvation Army and many individuals not affiliated with anyone.
The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation is raising money, promising 100 percent of donations will go to victims.
Volunteers said the number one thing they need now is more volunteers for gritty work: cleanup.