In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has devastated the Greater New York Region, with widespread power outages, damaged homes, flooded neighborhoods and sadly, lives lost, the American Red Cross is helping those in need.
As of midnight, Oct. 30, the Red Cross had 17 shelters open on Long Island; seven in Westchester County; one in Greenwich, Conn.; and one each in Orange, Rockland, and Sullivan counties. More than 1,800 residents sought shelter with the Red Cross throughout the region last night. Relief workers provided them with food, safe shelter, health services, and emotional support at this difficult time.
Red Cross damage assessment teams, which were hampered by the storm, are now out in our communities doing all they can to ensure that New Yorkers are cared for. They are also responding to the approximately seven home fires and other emergencies that occur daily within our region.
Hundreds of Red Cross disaster responders and response vehicles are on the way here from outside other parts of the U.S. With these vehicles, we will be better able to deliver meals and cleanup items to affected communities.
The Red Cross responds nationally
The Red Cross has responded to Sandy across 16 states. This is a large disaster with an even larger footprint. More than 9,000 people spent Tuesday night in 171 Red Cross shelters in 13 states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Indiana, and Ohio.
The Red Cross Needs Your Help
Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed through our region, we may need to open up and maintain more shelters for those who were forced to evacuate their homes. Anyone who would like to volunteer at a Red Cross shelter should considering doing so now. To volunteer, an individual must be:
•Over the age of 16
•Available for 12 hour shift from Wednesday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 2.
•Able to lift and carry 50 pounds
•Comfortable working with people in stressful situations
Use this link to the online application: www.nyredcross.org/?nd=intake&logout=1&keeppage=1&ep=10650
Remain calm and patient
Help is on the way but we need New Yorkers to remain calm and patient as we are all in this together. For information, including locations of shelters, please visit redcross.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS
How to donate
This is going to be a large, ongoing response, and the best way to help the Red Cross and your neighbors in need is to make a donation. To donate, visit www.redcross.org/donate, 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 get prepared and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by this massive storm.