Issue Date: 2012 NOVEMBER, Posted On: 11/21/2012

11212012 Safavieh Headquarters Becomes Home to Super STorm Sandy Clean-Up Workers


PORT WASHINGTON, NY--Safavieh 's corporate headquarters here became home to a group of 16 FEMA-deployed workers who were part of clean-up efforts in the wake of Super Storm Sandy.

Arash Yaraghi, principal of Safavieh was contacted by Mayor Robert Weitzner, mayor of Port Washington North, with an urgent request for help in accommodating two crews of workers who would otherwise be housed in a makeshift tent city in a local park.

“The FEMA workers who came to Port Washington had to sleep outside in tents in cold weather with no heat and insufficient toilet facilities," said Arash Yaraghi, a Safavieh principal. "When the mayor called to ask if we could house 16 in our building at 2 Channel Drive, I offered a part of our office space with restrooms, and my brother Michael who runs our Safavieh Home Furnishings retail stores, provided beds, mattresses and pillows. The workers were very happy to be out of the cold.”

The work crews were from Oklahoma and from Aerial Contractors of British Columbia, a Canadian electric utility power line contractor that deployed bucket trucks and digger derrick units, along with service mechanics, to support restoration efforts on Long Island and in New Jersey.

Mayor Weitzner said in an interview with the Port Washington Patch newspaper:  “Given the intolerable living conditions that LIPA [Long Island Power Authority]provided for the hard-working crews, we were most fortunate and gratified that our commercial neighbors from Safavieh came to their assistance by providing a warm place to sleep, bedding and restrooms," Weitzner said. "On behalf of the community, thank you Arash and Michael.”

Village of Port Washington North has proclaimed Nov 11 as Safavieh Day in honor of the company's humanitarian efforts to help Superstorm Sandy First Responders.



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