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Red Cross Will Be Helping For Weeks To Come

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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.

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.

  • Though the number of people in shelters is going down, there are still about 1,800 people staying in shelters. Since Sandy made landfall, responding organizations, including the Red Cross, have provided thousands of overnight stays in shelters.
  • Working with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross has served almost six million meals and snacks since Sandy made landfall.
  • Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to pass out water, food and relief supplies. More than 300 Red Cross emergency vehicles are mobilized, along with rental cars, trucks and other vehicles to get assistance where it is needed. Visit for more information.
  • The Red Cross has also provided thousands of health services and emotional support contacts, and handed out more than two million relief items.
  • To date, more than 8,800 Red Cross disaster responders have been mobilized to help people affected by Sandy.
  • View and download infographic on Superstorm Sandy Response

    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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.