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American Red Cross Update on Superstorm Sandy

Bakersfield, CA, November 1, 2012 – Shelters are open in nine states and our focus today is ramping up a massive feeding operation to get hot meals to residents in places like Long Island, Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey.

- 7,162 people spent Wednesday night in 115 Red Cross shelters spanning nine states including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,

- Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Ohio and the District of Columbia.

The Red Cross has:

  • deployed 12 mobile kitchens capable of making 198,000 meals a day and shipped more than 334,000 shelf-stable meals to the area
  • served nearly 164,000 meals so far
  • activated more than 230 response vehicles, more than two-thirds of the entire Red Cross fleet, which are beginning to distribute meals, water and snacks in some areas
  • mobilized more than 3,300 disaster workers from all over the country
  • deployed 50 trailers of relief supplies such as clean-up kits, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and work gloves.
  • We have more help on the way. As roads and airports re-open and people are able to travel again, more workers, vehicles and relief supplies will be arriving.
  • 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.
  • - The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red CThe 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.