Hurricane Sandy: A Message From Brooke Johnson

by in Community, November 2nd, 2012

Food NetworkTo our Food Network & Cooking Channel audience,

First and foremost, if you have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound.

Many of you probably didn’t realize, but our Food Network & Cooking Channel headquarters are located in lower Manhattan. Like most of that area, our office is currently still without power and our entire staff is doing their very best to work remotely (if possible) while the area begins the process of returning to normalcy. Despite the hurricane, our New York team as well as personnel in offices not directly impacted by the storm, have been working tirelessly to keep our programming and digital content updated and available for you.

Food Network & Cooking Channel have made a corporate donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund to support restoration and care efforts benefiting people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. I know that our team right here in New York, despite limited or no access to power or internet, has volunteered with many worthwhile organizations to aid recovery efforts and we will continue to do everything we can.

We will keep you updated in the coming days, but in the meantime, we ask for your patience as New York, and the entire East Coast, recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Warmest regards,

Brooke Johnson
President Food Network & Cooking Channel

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Comments (11)

  1. Wendy Cheeseman says:

    Many thanks for keeping us informed & everyone's hard work to keep the programming. I just heard Crazy Susan's in OC was destroyed. What a concept for a new show to raise money for all of us affected by Sandy!

  2. Suzanne Nelson says:

    How about a spontaneous reality show? Famous Food Network chefs set up mobile food trucks in devastated areas. Come on, gets your hands dirty.

    • Robin Rosner says:

      What a (no pun intended) tasteless thing to say. These folks are trying to cope with a tradgedy as horrendous, if not more so, than Katrina. People can not be creative or work until their own immediate safety and well being are taken care of.

  3. paulette says:

    my prayer's are with everyone who got hit by the storm
    I love the show alot

  4. jsbcn says:

    My love and prayers are with all affected by Sandy's wrath. I have given my donation to help as needed. I hope all the bloggers out there can, and will, give to the best of their ability to help. I know Food Network and Cooking Channel are doing what they can, and only hope that all is well with their families and loved ones.

    USA is the greatest, most loving, and giving country. Let's all rally, and help the victims of Sandy.

    Go USA!!!

  5. Robin Rosner says:

    Many people in the communities surrounding Cleveland were very much effected by downed trees and power lines as well, and remain without power. When I heard that one woman say she was returning to her home because she didn't want her pet to be alone, and the shelter wouldn't take pets, and that the Red Cross was providing this shelter, I decided I would not be supporting the Red Cross. Shameful, after all we learned from Katrina that this is still happening. Have a pet friendly shelter, provide or require leashes or carriers and do the right thing. Leave no pet behind!!!

    • sunnybrook says:

      I live in Nashville, which you may or may not know, had to deal with a life-changing flood a few years back. The Red Cross set up many shelters, and quite a few were animal friendly. But they team up with organizations to be able to offer the housing for the animals. Ther are several organizations that help with this, offering mobile kennels, etc. And remember, the Red Cross doesn't set up a tent in the middle of a field as shelter. These shelters are churches, synagogues, office buildings, etc that allow the use of their facility as a shelter. Many are concerned about damage to their property from humans, not even considering destruction from pets.Bottom line is that there are SO many pet lovers out there, that it is not possible to shelter ALL of the animals without other organizations teaming as a joint effort to care for them. In Nashville, there quite a few that could care for the pets also. But they were also the ones that filled up the fastest. Robin, you need to think this through a little more, instead of the knee-jerk reaction of "How dare they not take animals!" Research it a little more, and then make your decision.

  6. Karen Z WNY NJ says:

    Great job Sandra Lee. I didn't have heat or electrictiy for 4 days and still can't get gas..Thanks for caring and actually doing something for our area.. Thanks again.

  7. Carol says:

    As a result of Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway Park, NY in Queens was severely destroyed. On Sat, Nov. 10th from 10 AM to 1 PM on 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd., they are Organizing a major clean-up day. 1,000 volunteers are expected. Is there any way you can help send some food trucks to Rockaway to help feed these volunteers? This area was one of the hardest hit! I have seen the damage personally. It is unreal. It would mean so much if you could lend a hand. Thank you!

  8. SpinninJenny says:

    I keep hoping to hear if any of the cooks were affected by this storm. I think that Ina Garten lives on Long Island and Sandra Lee lives in NYC. Can someone post an update on them and the other cooks? I'm worried.

  9. Despite the hurricane, our New York team as well as personnel in offices not directly impacted by the storm, have been working tirelessly to keep our programming and digital content updated and available for you

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