A massive feeding effort is underway in New York to help those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The Red Cross has six fixed feeding sites on Long Island serving lunch and dinner. The kitchens are located in Seaford, Lido Beach, Roslyn, Hauppauge, Riverhead and Mastic. Dozens of additional feeding sites are being set up across New York now.
Volunteers in more than 80 vehicles are providing water, meals and snacks in neighborhoods throughout Staten Island, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan. Six kitchens are deployed to New York capable of serving tens of thousands of meals a day. The Red Cross has also shipped more than 300,000 ready-to-eat meals to the area.
The Red Cross is are opening more than a dozen emergency aid stations to provide health and emotional support services in the hardest hit areas. We also have trailers filled with relief supplies en route to New York.
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 affected to Sandy are being cared for. Disaster responders are also responding to the approximately seven home fires and other emergencies that occur daily within our region.
Additionally, hundreds of Red Cross disaster responders and response vehicles are on the way here from outside our region. With these vehicles, we will be better able to deliver meals and cleanup items to affected communities.
As of midnight, Nov. 1, the Greater New York Region had 11 shelters open on Long Island; three in Westchester; one in Greenwich, Conn.; and one each in Orange, Rockland, and Sullivan counties, housing nearly 1,400 residents. The Red Cross made sure they all had food, safe shelter, health services, and emotional support.
The Red Cross responds nationally
•Nearly 6,800 people spent Thursday night in 97 Red Cross shelters in 9 states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and Ohio.
•The Red Cross has deployed 12 mobile kitchens each capable of making thousands of meals a day and shipped more than 852,000 ready-to-eat meals.
•We have served nearly 215,174 meals so far.
•More than 240 response vehicles, more than two-thirds of the entire Red Cross fleet, are beginning to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies in affected areas
•More than 3,800 disaster workers from all over the country are providing help.
•60 trailers of relief supplies such as personal hygiene items, clean-up kits, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and work gloves are mobilized and we have already distributed thousands of relief supplies.
•We’ve provided more than 5,000 health services and emotional support contacts to people affected by Sandy.
To find a Red Cross shelter, please download the Red Cross Hurricane app, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
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.