Local Red Cross Sends Additional Resources to East Coast for Hurricane Sandy

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The Red Cross is getting more people and equipment in place along the East Coast so that we can effectively help those in need.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is sending an additional emergency response vehicle to the East Coast to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. That brings the total number of regional volunteers to 14, and the total number of emergency response vehicles to five.

“The Red Cross is getting more people and equipment in place along the East Coast so that we can effectively help those in need,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “Pulling together as ‘one Red Cross’ makes this possible.”

These volunteers from around the region are serving in the relief efforts in New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. They are driving the emergency response vehicles, working in shelters, and assisting in the areas of mental health and staff health.

At this time, all further deployments, with the exception of possibly emergency response vehicles, are being halted until at least Wednesday due to hurricane and travel conditions.

As a national organization, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 1,300 disaster workers and 160 emergency response vehicles for the relief efforts. Some of those vehicles are being staged outside of the affected areas, and will be moved in as needed.

Right now, the Red Cross is opening four mega shelters in New Jersey. Each can house up to 600 people and allows the organization to deliver disaster services more efficiently. There are currently more than 100 Red Cross shelters open in nine states along the East Coast. More shelters are expected to be opened soon as the storm pushes in.

RED CROSS APPS The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices provides real-time hurricane safety information such as weather alerts and where Red Cross shelters are located. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay.

The Hurricane App is available in Spanish. Users just need to make sure the language setting on their smart phone is set to Spanish before downloading. The First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in someone’s hand. The apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

GET READY The Red Cross has information on its web site about how to get prepared for the storm, including steps for hurricane and power outage emergencies. Videos are also available to help get prepared, including information on severe weather preparedness, how to get ready for winter weather and what to do when rip currents are an issue.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region:

Celebrating 95 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.