O'Neil Software Sends Relief and Hope To Employee's Staten Island Hometown Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

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When O'Neil Software, The First Choice of Record Centers Worldwide, learned that one of their employee's family, friends and neighbors were in the storm's path and suffered great loss and damage, the company wanted to help.

Our deepest condolences go out to those who succumbed to this horrific storm and whose lives have been irreversibly scarred by Sandy and the nor'easter that followed. We just couldn't stand by and do nothing.

It seemed like it was made for the big screen. A Hollywood, blockbuster movie. “Frankenstorm” Sandy with a thousand-mile wing-span. Bulls eye: the East Coast areas and one of the hardest hit - Staten Island, New York, the hometown of one of O’Neil Software’s employees.

And then it came. Staten Island roadways, residential and coastal communities flooded. Houses caught on fire. Storm waters rose killing and devastating the lives of people, their property and treasured small-town memories. Days later, Staten Island residents were still pleading for food and water, while others tried to survive cold temperatures without heat, electricity and necessities. Generators, that could provide power, sat idle in parking lots. Multitudes of people had no place to stay. And while there was gasoline at filling stations, most of them didn’t have power to run the pumps, so people were unable to get off the small island to higher ground, shelter, warmth and safety.

Hurricane Sandy was no big-budget, blockbuster film. The impact was real.

As they always do, Staten Island firefighters, police and emergency personnel performed at heroic levels, providing a glimpse into the never-ending strength and dedication of these first responders. Still hundreds were gravely affected. And major relief efforts were slow and inadequate, not unlike the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, despite several days of advanced warning,

In the hours, days and weeks following this natural disaster, the collective eyes of the world were fixed markedly on the affected area and its people. TV channels worldwide and the Internet provided constant updates; camera crews and news correspondents flocked like seagulls to the point of disaster; and a globalized world mourned the lives of those lost and prayed for their loved ones.

While many of those not affected resumed going about their daily lives, hundreds of people were still reeling under the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. When O’Neil Software, The First Choice of Record Centers Worldwide, learned that one of their employee’s family, friends and neighbors had been in its path and suffered great loss and damage, they wanted to help.

“Sadly, when Mother Nature is mad, there is no escaping her anger. Our deepest condolences go out to the people who succumbed to this horrific storm and to those whose lives have been irreversibly scarred by this natural disaster and the nor’easter that followed,” notes Ian Thomas, Executive Vice President of O’Neil Software. “We just couldn’t stand by and do nothing. Although this employee now resides in Long Beach, California, we realize that home is not necessarily where you live, but where you love. And Staten Island is her hometown and a great part of her personal history. Somewhere in the middle of all this sadness, O’Neil wanted to instill a sense of relief, hope and recovery to those suffering.”    

And so they did. Employees were encouraged to bring into work items that were badly needed by those in Staten Island hit the hardest: cleaning supplies, toiletries, blankets, towels, toys and warm clothing, to mention a few. These small tokens of kindness and compassion were then boxed up and shipped by O’Neil Software to a local Staten Island school, that would handle the distribution to those in need.

No Stranger to Charitable Efforts

This is not the first, or only time O’Neil Software has “For the Record” stepped up to the plate to help others less fortunate. The company has a long history of assisting and sponsoring childrens’ based charities, via the company’s Strategic Partner Conferences. These organizations have included the Orange County Ronald McDonald House®, located only a few blocks from Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California (CHOC) and the Make-A-Fish Foundation®. All proceeds from these conferences have gone to the selected charity.

“Staten Island drew a very bad hand during Hurricane Sandy. The island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, was the victim not only of geography (it sits at the back of New York Harbor), but of the unfortunate coincidence of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival and high tide,” notes Christine Spisto, Marketing Communications/PR Director for O’Neil Software. “You know there are problems in life and then there are troubles. Problems are hard, but most can be solved. Troubles take you down and sometimes they can take you out. If natural disasters and catastrophic events have an upside, it’s the opportunity to remember our true values. You give with your heart, of course. But your heart tells you to do the most good with everything you give. That is what O’Neil Software has done, helping my hometown of Staten Island.”

About O’Neil Software

Scan. Store. Manage. Deliver.™ Committed to leading the industry for over 30 years, O’Neil has been the records management software and hardware solutioneers™ for over 1,000 facilities, in more than 80 countries, from start-ups to multi-nationals. Our solutions manage/track multiple types of data including traditional storage boxes, file folders, documents and tapes; from deposit to destruction, work order to invoice. We are also the industry pioneer for barcode tracking, portable printers, wireless handhelds and web technology.

O’Neil’s products consistently offer enhancements and new features that improve ease of use, not found anywhere else. Our flagship product RS-SQL®, is the most competitively-priced software solution on the market, ensuring record center productivity and profitability. The company’s RSMobile® software was a previous recipient of the Motorola® Enterprise Mobility Solutions Award for the North American Region and is now connected from anywhere. Additionally, O’Neil Software is a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner and a Motorola® PartnerSelect Solution Partner.

Regional coverage includes the Americas; Europe, Middle- East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific (APAC). You can learn more about O’Neil Software by visiting our website at http://www.oneilsoft.com.

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