Occupy Sandy is an organized relief effort created to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern United States. It is made up of former and present Occupy Wall Street protesters, other members of the Occupy movement, and non-Occupy volunteers. The effort has worked in partnership with many local community organizations in NYC and NJ and has focused on mutual aid in affected communities rather than charity, and long-term rebuilding for more robust, sustainable neighborhoods.
After the destruction resulting from Hurricane Sandy, members of Occupy Sandy set up a food distribution center, along with a "medieval marketplace of donated blankets, clothes and food" in two separate churches in Brooklyn. An "Occupy motor pool" was also formed to help get members more readily into the areas affected by the storm. These members include "construction teams and medical committees", as well as weather being forecasted from an Occupy weatherman. The effort has since spread to several more distribution hubs that filter received aid to the worst of the affected areas, such as Coney Island.
Occupy Sandy's online presence is coordinated through a website organized and run by members of InterOccupy and OWS Tech Ops. Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have been used extensively by Occupy Sandy members to inform others involved in the relief effort and elsewhere on what supplies and assistance are needed in which parts of the affected areas.
A wedding registry was created on Amazon.com to list items and materials needed in the relief effort, allowing people in the United States and the rest of the world to donate goods. As of January 25, 2013, more than $717,900 has been spent on the items in the registry.
A local business registry was created modeling similar concepts to the Amazon relief item registry but putting 100% of the funds raised for needed tools, materials and goods directly in the hands of locally owned businesses in the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. The items purchased from the Occupy Sandy Local Business Registry are delivered directly from local stores to work crews or recovering families.