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American Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Update November 2nd

Bakersfield, CA, November 2nd, 2012 – Right now the American Red Cross is providing aid and comfort to thousands of people in multiple states affected by Superstorm Sandy and we are doing everything possible to get help quickly to those in need.

Local Responders On-scene:

  • The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is pleased to announce that they have deployed 3 local volunteers to White Plains, NY. Carolyn Pandol, Diane Ellison, and Elena Abreu. All three are serving as a Sheltering Service Associate. In this position they will work in shelters to provide congregate care for people displaced as a result of a Superstorm Sandy.
  • Local Responders Deploying:

  • The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is pleased to announce that they will deploy 2 more local volunteers to White Plains, NY. Linda MacLeod and Veronique Royer will be serving as a Client Caseworker Supervisors. In this position they will evaluate needs, provide service and maintain record for clients affected by Superstorm Sandy. Their deployment is being arranged through National Headquarters and is expected Monday.
  • 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.
  • New York and New Jersey have seen the worst impact from Sandy. The Red Cross has large relief operations underway in both states and as we learn about neighborhoods in need, we are immediately putting plans in place to provide people with food, water, relief supplies and comfort.
  • New York:

  • 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 Seford, 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. We’ve also shipped more than 300,000 readyto-eat meals to the area.
  • We 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.
  • New Jersey:

  • Four kitchens are deployed to New Jersey capable of serving tens of thousands of meals a day. We’ve also shipped more than 350,000 readyto-eat meals to the area.
  • There are more than 100 response vehicles in New Jersey providing water, meals, snacks and relief supplies in affected neighborhoods.
  • We also have trailers filled with relief supplies en route to New Jersey. The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs your help now.
  • APPS AND SAFE AND WELL

  • The Red Cross Hurricane App and Safe and Well web site are available for people to let their loved ones know how they are.
  • People can use the” I’m Safe” button on the Hurricane App People to let their loved ones know how they are okay. They can also register on the secure Safe and Well web site.
  • The Hurricane App, which also has a “Recovery from Sandy” section with safety tips on what to do after the storm, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
  • To register on Safe and Well, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  • 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.