(EDITOR/PRODUCER NOTE: Local volunteers are available for phone or Skype interviews)
SAN JOSE, CA (November 8, 2012) – The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter has sent 18 more local volunteers to New York and New Jersey, in addition to the 20 previously deployed, to provide assistance to clients affected by Superstorm Sandy and the incoming Nor’Easter along the coast. A total of 127 volunteers have now been deployed from the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas.
Local residents that have deployed are: Mira Rubin of Half Moon Bay, Michael Smith of San Mateo, Duino Giordan of Los Gatos, Patrick McKenna of Palo Alto, Howard Gray and Patricia DeWitt of Morgan Hill, Ellen Hui of Santa Clara, Katherine Laughlin of Mountain View, Tom Busk of Gilroy, Edwin Ehmke of Menlo Park, Phyllis Schmit of Cupertino, Gary Pelton, Diane St. Denis, John Griffiths, Laurie Couto, and Therese Becker of San Jose. They will be assisting clients in a wide range of activities including feeding, client casework, sheltering and mass care. Stuart Chessen of Cupertino and Shelley Giles of San Jose have deployed as a team of two to drive the Emergency Response Vehicle across the country from the San Jose Red Cross office. These vehicles will provide hot meals, snacks, water and relief supplies to clients.
Last night’s Nor’Easter brought heavy rain, strong winds and snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast prolonging power outages to the 810,000 customers who continue to stay without power and impact several areas already affected by Superstorm Sandy, causing additional power outages. In advance of the cold temperatures, we handed out thousands of ready-to-eat meals and cold weather items for people in New York and New Jersey such as blankets, hand and foot warmers, hats and gloves, ponchos and socks. As weather conditions improve, the American Red Cross is ramping back up and expanding its large relief operations to provide shelter, hot meals, relief supplies and comfort to people in New Jersey and New York as weather and road conditions permit.
Since Superstorm Sandy has hit, the Red Cross has served more than 3.3 million meals and snacks, provided nearly 30,000 health services and emotional support contacts and handed out more than 124,000 relief items to clients. There have been over 117,000 overnight stays at Red Cross and partner shelters and this number continues to rise. Wednesday night about 7,600 people affected by Sandy stayed in more than 110 Red Cross and partner shelters.
FINANCIAL DONATIONS NEEDED The Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet. This is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years. 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 (1-800-733-2767). People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. People can also use the “donate” feature on the free Red Cross Apps to support the Red Cross relief response. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters.
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 SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.redcross.org/siliconvalley or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.