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Ten Local Volunteers Deployed to Superstorm Sandy

SAN JOSE, CA (October 31, 2012) The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is sending ten volunteers to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia to provide support those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Local residents that were deployed are: Rada Ford of Mountain View, Anthony Meza of Union City, Karl Matzke of Palo Alto, Jane Iverson, Kelly Davis, Stephanie Wilde, and Margaret McDonald of San Jose, Darlene Franklin and Susanne Newswanger of Sunnyvale, and John Mearns. They will be assisting with a wide range of activities including feeding, client casework and IT support.

More than 9,000 people spent Tuesday night in more than 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states where over 100,800 meals and snacks were served. More than 2,300 disaster workers and over 200 emergency vehicles have been mobilized for this relief effort. These numbers are increasing as the storm continues over Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee with heavy winder, rain and snow.

“This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Charley Shimanski, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “This will be very costly and the Red Cross needs help now. We ask everyone to support us as we help people recover from this massive storm.”

FINANCIAL AND BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Approximately 300 Red Cross blood drives have already been cancelled due to the storm, and more are expected. The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm and asks that people in the affected areas consider donating blood once the storm passes through and it’s safe to do so.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet height and weight requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height), and who are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. To schedule an appointment, please go to or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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; from a smart phone, visit 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 or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.