Hurricane Sandy Archives

Hurricane Sandy Update

Our thoughts continue to be with all of our members and friends affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

News updates from facilities and businesses affected by the hurricane

"Restore the Shore" Campaign Donates to Relief Fund
From the New Jersey Amusement Association newsletter:

Wildwood, NJ - February 8, 2013 - Bruno and Company (www.brunoandcompany.com) today announced that a portion of the proceeds from all its Aurora sales in 2013, which include its new 'First Responders' collection, will be donated to the New Jersey Amusement Association's (NJAA) First Responders Relief Fund.  Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, President of Bruno and Company, Bruno Catrambone, worked with Aurora World Inc., a global leader in the toy and gift industry, to design and launch the new commemorative items.  

Catrambone hopes the collection will be not only serve as a keepsake, but also help maintain a memory of the positive spirit that New Jersey residents exhibited throughout the rebuilding process.  

"The NJAA fosters, promotes and advances the amusement industry in the State of New Jersey," says Catrambone.  "It is a pro-active organization, identifying concerns while working for the safety, health and overall economic betterment of the amusement industry.  Many of our members' homes and places of businesses were damaged and destroyed by the hurricane.  NJAA's Executive Director, Kimberle Rolle-Samarelli, has praised the 'First Responders' as real heroes of the recovery effort.  They spent days helping the victims to safety while they and their families had been displaced themselves."

The "First Responder Collection" was recently on exhibit at the American International Toy Fair in New York City, and is scheduled to hit stores May 1. 

For more information, contact Bruno Catrambone at:bruno@brunoandcompany.com or (856) 784-6845

American Express and Clear Channel Team Up to Help Sandy-affected Businesses

From the New Jersey Amusement Association newsletter:

American Express and Clear Channel are teaming up to assist Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by offering free radio time for small businesses to announce to their communities that they are open for business.

From now until March 31, 2013, small businesses can visit any of the links for the radio stations below and follow the directions provided to complete the submission form and include the details of an eligible small business in a Hurricane affected area that is open for business. Clear Channel will then review the submissions and, in select cases, to provide free radio time to help get the word out to the small businesses community that they are open for business.

The program is open only to small businesses in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut that have been adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy, have $10 million or less in annual revenue, are not considered a franchisee, and do not sell any products or services in a retail establishment or via the Internet that are deemed to be illegal by federal, state and/or local laws.

Participating Clear Channel radio stations include:

Sussex County, NJ

Philadelphia, PA

New York, NY

Nassau/Suffolk, NY

Poughkeepsie, NY

New Haven, CT


Two T's Reopens After Fixing Hurricane-Related Damage. Nazareth Patch (Nazareth, PA, USA)

Alliance for Coney Island to Host Job Screening Event

Funtown Pier Expects to Open Memorial Day. Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ, USA)

Casino Pier Video Update

Seaside Pier Rebuilds; Fewer Rides this Season

Deadlines Extended for Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans

Jersey Shore locations to open by May. USA Today (McLean, VA, USA)

U.S. Congress Passes Hurricane Sandy Relief Legislation

Funworld magazine coverageRecovery Effort by Jeremy Schoolfield


Want to Help?

American Red Cross

Since the immediate needs in the areas most impacted by the storm are basic (food, water, shelter) we encourage members to make donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Online donations can be made here.

NJAA Fund for First Responders

The New Jersey Amusement Association (NJAA) is accepting financial contributions for the volunteer first responders and their associations who are helping the residents and businesses in the impacted area. They are also collecting and distributing food, personal articles, and basic needs items. For information on how to contribute, visithttp://www.njamusements.com/sandy.php.

Coney Island Alliance Recovery Fund

The new Alliance for Coney Island, a partnership between the city and leaders in the Coney Island business community, is overseeing the recovery effort and has established a new website -- http://coneyrecovers.org/ -- for donations and volunteer opportunities.

Next Steps

Once the basic needs are addressed, IAAPA’s priority will shift to finding out what our members need to aid in their recovery and the restoration of their businesses. We will work closely with the regional associations in those areas to coordinate our efforts and maximize their effectiveness.  

If you are an IAAPA member impacted by the storm and you have immediate needs, please contact us at IAAPA@IAAPA.org.