Red Cross Relief Operation for Sandy Continues to Grow

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“Seventy 70 emergency response vehicles are on the ground today throughout areas of the Greater New York Region that have been hard hit by Sandy, distributing tens of thousands of meals, as well as water, supplies and comfort.”

The American Red Cross continues to increase its enormous relief operation to provide food, shelter, supplies and comfort to more and more people affected by Superstorm Sandy each day.

“We are on the ground in affected neighborhoods in all five boroughs, helping people affected by this massive storm,” said Josh Lockwood, Greater New York Regional CEO. “Seventy 70 emergency response vehicles are on the ground today throughout areas of the Greater New York Region that have been hard hit by Sandy, distributing tens of thousands of meals, as well as water, supplies and comfort.”

Here is a snapshot of the local Red Cross response:

  • The Red Cross today served lunch using 70 mobile feeding units and 30 fixed sites; 40 mobile feeding trucks will serve dinner tonight
  • The Red Cross is mobilizing an additional 80,000 blankets in preparation for the cold temperatures forecasted for much of the mid-Atlantic and is also distributing flashlights in areas that are still without power.
  • Yesterday, we served nearly 130,000 meals across the region.
  • The Red Cross is deciding where to deliver and serve meals based on damage assessment. To find out the locations of our mobile feeding sites, please visit newsroom.redcross.org.
  • To learn how the Red Cross can help after a disaster—to help search for a family member, stay safe in the aftermath of the storm, check your home for damage and more, please click here.

    The Red Cross National Response

  • The entire Red Cross fleet of response vehicles, more than 320 in total, has been activated to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies.
  • More than 5,000 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies
  • 60 trailers of relief supplies such as personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and work gloves are arriving this weekend.
  • The Red Cross is doing everything possible to get help to where it is needed. While access to many areas is still challenging, the organization is expanding its reach into more communities every day.
  • Working in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, eight kitchens spread across New York and New Jersey are making hot meals.
  • To find a Red Cross shelter, please download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
  • To donate visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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