Regional American Red Cross CEO Deploying to New York for Sandy

St. Louis Region Red Cross, Chapter CEO Deploys to Sandy
It’s a privilege for me to go serve in the New York City area,” said Erickson. “There are still so many people hurting and in need.

The CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is heading to New York as the Red Cross begins its longer-term recovery efforts on the East Coast. Cindy Erickson will leave Friday.

“It’s a privilege for me to go serve in the New York City area,” said Erickson. “There are still so many people hurting and in need.”

When she arrives, Erickson could serve in the areas of community partnerships and government operations. She will work to establish relationships with community leaders and organizations in an effort to build response capacity. Erickson may also help to coordinate services and liaison activities with local, state and federal government partners, members and representatives of the affected communities.

At this time, nearly 1,000 Red Cross workers are providing food, water, health services and emotional support. In addition to serving meals and snacks at both fixed sites and through mobile delivery, the Red Cross is also helping to fund several community food banks in New York. This is helping to provide additional meals in the hardest hit areas.

The Red Cross is working with these groups because they have the experience and capacity to provide large-scale and long-term community feeding in New York. Trained Red Cross workers, like Erickson, will help connect people to recovery resources and work with community groups to identify available support.

Since the storm hit the East Coast, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region has sent more than 60 Red Cross staff and volunteers to the affected areas, along with five emergency response vehicles. Those workers have assisted in various roles including transportation, working in shelters, providing meals, and helping in mental health and staff health.

As a national organization, the Red Cross has provided:

  • More than 9.6 million meals and snacks
  • More than 6.7 million relief items, including cold weather items and clean-up supplies
  • More than 106,000 health services and emotional support contacts
  • More than 81,000 shelter stays
  • The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

    About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region: Celebrating 95 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.