November 8 – With the nor’easter moving out of New Jersey and New York—the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy—the American Red Cross is building up its relief operation once more.
The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization to help people affected by Sandy. The entire fleet of response vehicles, including 4 from the Los Angeles Region are activated and at the disaster sites.
More than 70 L.A. Region workers are part of part of a 5,400 disaster worker team now supporting shelters, providing people with food and water and driving through neighborhoods to hand out food and supplies. To date, the Red Cross has served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks, provided more than 57,200 overnight stays, distributed more than 91,600 relief items and provided more than 23,900 health services and emotional support contacts.
Thousands of people are still without power in the region and shelters are open so that people can rest, get a hot meal and get the latest information on available help. There are several ways to find a shelter: go to redcross.org; download the Red Cross Hurricane app; call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); or check local media outlets.
Current LA Region Deployed Volunteers:
Click the attached link to see Superstorm Sandy relief photos taken by Carmela Burke, L.A. Region Public Affairs volunteer who was on assignment in New York and returned Nov. 3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanredcross/8147738842/in/photostream/
To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check their local media outlets. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for the most current locations and information.
People can also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with Twitter and Facebook accounts.
L.A. area residents are urged to schedule a blood donation online or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.
Hurricane Sandy will be a large, costly relief response and the Red Cross needs help now.“People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone.
Financial donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
More than 235,000 people downloaded the free Red Cross Hurricane App just before Hurricane Sandy approached, making it one of the most popular free apps. The app gives up-to-date weather alerts, information on open Red Cross shelters, a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm and a one-touch “I’m Safe” button that lets one use social media to inform family and friends that they are okay.
People have used the app to find shelters, set up locations for the app to monitor, make a disaster plan, and learn what steps they can take to stay safe. The app is available in Spanish just by changing the smart phone setting to Spanish before downloading.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog.