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American Red Cross Ongoing Relief Effort for Sandy Update

Albany 10/31/2012 American Red Cross Ongoing Relief Effort for Sandy Update
"This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Gary Striar CEO American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of people from more than a dozen states have turned to the American Red Cross for help and trained disaster workers are responding with food, shelter and comfort.

“This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Gary Striar, CEO American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region (ARCNENY). “This will be very costly and the Red Cross needs help now. We ask everyone to support us as we help people recover from this massive storm.”

American Red Cross National Response: With communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffering from widespread power outages, wind damage and significant flooding from Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross has provided more than 23,000 overnight shelter stays since Saturday. Tuesday night, more than 9,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states.

On the ground, the Red Cross has more than 2,300 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country who have served more than 100,800 meals and snacks. The Red Cross has activated nearly 200 emergency response vehicles that are beginning to circulate through some communities distributing meals, water and snacks.

While access into many areas is still difficult, the Red Cross is working hard to get help to where it is needed. As roads and airports re-open and people are able to travel again, more Red Cross disaster workers, vehicles and relief supplies will be arriving.

American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region – Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Operation Stats:

Mass Care – Feeding and Sheltering:

As of today (10/31/12), ARCNENY has served more than 422 meals and 126 snacks to people throughout our 17-county region.

All Red Cross and partner shelters within the Northeastern New York Region – have been closed. Beacon High School Shelter in Dutchess County closed at 9 a.m. this morning. Overall, we sheltered 54 people in 12 Red Cross-managed shelters.

Bulk Distribution:

Supplies available for those affected by Superstorm Sandy’s wind and flooding in the region are being given to residents. Teams of Red Cross volunteers are delivering goods via Emergency Response Vehicles in the following counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene and Ulster.

The items available to help people begin the recovery and cleaning process at their homes and contend with loss of power in Red Cross Clean up kits include:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Home Clean-up Kits
  • Coolers
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Gloves
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Tarps
  • Cases masks
  • Cases trash bags
  • Red Cross Staff and Volunteers:

    To date, we have had 325 Red Cross workers assisting with this relief effort via ARCNENY – people from NY and all over the country are active. Volunteers have flown in from states such as California, Georgia and Wisconsin. The National Guard and Civil Air Patrol are also assisting with our effort. Our operational headquarters and warehouse are teeming with activity to coordinate our efforts.

    Disaster Mental Health: The Red Cross has trained health services workers in multiple locations providing both health and mental health services.

    Disaster Assessment – Teams of volunteers have been going out to affected areas to assess and report on damage and needs of communities/homes affected. That effort should be complete today.

    Community Support: Many individuals and community partners have stepped up with donations to support this disaster relief effort. We have seen many groups collect money on our behalf, received several in-kind donations of bulk goods for the mass care feeding effort, have gotten some major gifts from corporations around the region and will have some media events, such as pin-up campaigns, telethons and fundraising drives.

    Deployment of Red Cross Volunteers – Downstate: Now that most local needs have been met, we have deployed 85 Red Crossers today (number expected to increase) to the impacted areas south of ARCNENY (lower Hudson Valley, Metro NY and Long Island). Many will deploy for two to three week assignments.


    Donate Now: Superstorm Sandy is a big disaster across multiple states, and the response will cost millions. If you can help, we encourage you to click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

    Click here to donate now, call 1-800 REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

    Give Blood

    The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm. Sandy has already caused the cancellation of blood drives along the East Coast at a time when the blood supply is already low.

    If you may be eligible to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to to schedule an appointment.

    ***Reminder: The American Red Cross cannot take any donated goods from individuals; these items should go to local charity and community organizations

    About ARCNENY: The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region serves a population of 1.9 million people in a 14,900 square mile area with chapters located in Albany, Glens Falls, Morrisonville and Poughkeepsie.

    The 17 counties served include: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren and Washington Counties.

    ARCNENY trains the people of these communities in life-saving first aid, CPR, water safety and other life-saving skills; prepares individuals and families for disasters; and helps families recover when disasters occur. The American Red Cross is also the primary supplier of blood products to hospitals in this area.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. For more information, please visit