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.
“Now that this nor’easter is headed out, we’re eager to get our volunteers back into neighborhoods to help people who have been hit so hard by these storms,” said Charley Shimanski, head of Disaster Services at the Red Cross.
As weather and road conditions improve, Red Cross workers will out in neighborhoods again to provide food, water, relief supplies and comfort to residents. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for the most current locations and information.
The Red Cross is working as fast as possible to resume its extensive feeding operation and get hot meals to residents in New Jersey and all five boroughs of New York. Since Hurricane Sandy hit, the Red Cross has served more than 3.3 million meals and snacks to those affected by the storm.
The Red Cross is also preparing for a large outreach operation this weekend to distribute relief items to families across Long Island, Staten Island, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Far Rockaways and Hoboken.
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. In New York City, people can also call 3-1-1 or visit www.nyc.gov for a list of both day and nighttime warming centers.
How You Can Help
The Red Cross has been helping people since Sandy first made landfall, and will be supporting people affected by the storm for weeks as they get back on their feet. This is likely to be the largest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years.
If you would like to help, you can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can also use the “donate” feature on the free Red Cross Apps to support the Red Cross relief response. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.