October 25, 2013: On the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross continues to address long-term needs, working with government and nonprofit partners to assist those requiring help on the path to recovery. The Red Cross provided direct case management to more than 9,000 storm victims and has shared significant portions of the more than $300 million raised with other nonprofits skilled in long-term recovery, including home building.
The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region worked night and day to provide disaster relief for victims of the storm. We opened or supported 14 local shelters, provided over 300 overnight shelter stays, and served approximately 1,900 meals and snacks. Almost 200 local volunteers and staff engaged in relief efforts immediately before and following the storm.
Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast late in the 2012 Hurricane Season with powerful storm surges, high winds and punishing rains. The wake of destruction was massive: 146 lives were lost; an estimated 651,000 home in New York and New Jersey were damaged or destroyed as were nearly 300,000 businesses.
Launching the biggest response in more than five years, the Red Cross mobilized to aid victims of this historic storm. Opening hundreds of shelters, serving nourishing meals and snacks, and distributing millions of relief items, some 17,000 Red Cross workers (90% volunteers) offered comfort to those affected.
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About the American Red Cross:
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 follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNCR.