Bakersfield, CA, October 31, 2012 – The American Red Cross is helping people across 13 states with safe shelter, food and comfort as part of a huge disaster response to Sandy. More than 9,000 people spent Tuesday night in 171 Red Cross shelters in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Indiana, and Ohio. The Red Cross has activated nearly 200 response vehicles that are beginning to circulate through some communities distributing meals, water and snacks. We’ve already mobilized more than 2,300 disaster workers from all over the country who have served more than 100,800 meals and snacks so far. We are working hard to get help to where it is needed, but access into many areas is still difficult. We will expand our reach into more communities as soon as officials say it is safe. We have more help on the way. As roads and airports re-open and people are able to travel again, more disaster workers, vehicles and relief supplies will be arriving.
The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs your help now. To donate visit www.redcross.org, 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 provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.