If the frigid temperatures this past week are any warning of what lies ahead, we must brace for a harsher winter than last year. Last year’s storms led to many homeowners and motorists being stranded. Streets quickly flooded, causing basements and cars to become overwhelmed by water. Chaverim of Queens was just one of several organizations that stood up in a big way.

This past week, Chaverim of Queens co-founder and vice president Avigdor Cyperstein sat down with a handful of his members who were active in rescues last year to discuss safe and practical solutions if New York City were to fall victim to further storm damage. “I sat down with a dedicated group of young men that have dealt with storm destruction,” said Cyperstein. “Each of them is well equipped with the necessary experience and wherewithal to help our communities if, heaven forbid, we are dealt another winter blow. They know what to expect.” The volunteer group at the strategy session included Dovid Bakst, director of external fundraising; Eliyahu Love, director of dispatching; and Moshe Teicher, director of social media. Also attending was Menachem Jacobson, a member who went above and beyond the call of duty by wading through frosty waters during one torrential downpour.

To seek the assistance of Chaverim of Queens or to volunteer, call 718-441-0505.

By Shabsie Saphirstein, member of Chaverim of Queens