Red Cross Statement - Federal Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

The American Red Cross issued the following statement by Richard Reed, senior vice president of disaster cycle services, regarding the Federal Sandy Rebuilding Strategy announced today.

The American Red Cross supports the task force's focus on strengthening community resiliency given the increasing numbers of costly and severe weather incidents. Governments, non-profits, businesses and individuals all can do more to ensure that families and communities are better prepared for disasters.

Recovery from a storm of the size and scope of a Hurricane Sandy takes time and help from many different organizations: federal, state, and local governments as well as a range of non-profit organizations. We can help people and communities in a more comprehensive way when we pool our resources and services. This not only speeds recovery, but helps us engage the entire community in building the resilience we need as we face disasters of this type in the future.

The Red Cross is committed to working with New York and New Jersey government officials to support rebuilding efforts, with Red Cross funding used to supplement federal and state dollars being used to help people rebuild homes damaged or destroyed by Sandy.

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.