It’s been weeks since Superstorm Sandy made landfall, devastating regions in New York and New Jersey. Millions of people were affected and the American Red Cross is still helping people recover from this massive storm.
According to official reports, the number of people still without power is down to as many as 2,400 households. However, there are still about 62,000 homes unable to receive power due to damage. Thousands of Red Cross workers are out in the affected communities, providing people with a safe place to stay, food to eat, clean-up items and emotional support. The Red Cross is mobilizing an effort to hand out relief supplies in some of the hardest hit neighborhoods to people in need for the second weekend in a row. We’re also working with a range of community and faith-based groups to prepare for Thanksgiving.
“The Red Cross has been on the ground for several weeks helping people affected by Sandy and we’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “We’ve spent millions of dollars providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and comfort, and we’ll need to spend millions more to help people get back on their feet.”
WHAT WE’RE DOING The Red Cross still has shelters open for people unable to return home and an extensive feeding operation is ongoing.