16 Local Volunteers Deployed to Superstorm Sandy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 31, 2012)The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is sending 16 volunteers to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia to provide support those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Local residents that were deployed are: Martin Healy of Lafayette, Janet Rogoff of Mill Valley, Berteenia Thomas and Kathleen Curran of Berkeley, Billy White of Fairfield, Bill Wilson of Vacaville, Dana Nussbaum of San Francisco, Albert Sebilia of Orinda, Erick Digre of Pacifica, Else Von Schopp of Brentwood, Gary Higgins of Antioch, Wallace Lamb of San Ramon, Virginia Hart of Richmond, Peter Liddell of Kensington and Beatriz and Byron Corley of Union City. They will be assisting with a wide range of activities including feeding, client casework, mental health services and IT support.

More than 9,000 people spent Tuesday night in more than 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states where over 100,800 meals and snacks were served. More than 2,300 disaster workers and over 200 emergency vehicles have been mobilized for this relief effort. These numbers are increasing as the storm continues over Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee with heavy winder, rain and snow.

“This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Charley Shimanski, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “This will be very costly and the Red Cross needs help now. We ask everyone to support us as we help people recover from this massive storm.”

FINANCIAL AND BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Approximately 300 Red Cross blood drives have already been cancelled due to the storm, and more are expected. The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm and asks that people in the affected areas consider donating blood once the storm passes through and it’s safe to do so.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet height and weight requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height), and who are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. To schedule an appointment, please go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

LOOKING FOR LOVED ONES The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.

About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.