Red Cross President Visits Long Island to Discuss Sandy Recovery

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It’s very important to me that Long Islanders know that the Red Cross stands firm in its commitment to helping those impacted by Sandy.

Gail McGovern, the president and CEO of the National American Red Cross visited Long Island, March 21, to meet with local leaders and discuss ongoing relief and recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy.

Attendees included Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Kevin Law, President of the Long Island Association, as well as community partners like Gwen O’Shea from the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and Randi Dresner of Island Harvest.

“It’s very important to me that Long Islanders know that the Red Cross stands firm in its commitment to helping those impacted by Sandy,” said McGovern. “The best way to do that is by continually listening to the needs of Long Islanders - and I am very grateful to the team here at the Long Island Red Cross for all of the heavy-lifting they have done to help their neighbors—before the storm and every day since.”

Talks focused on the Sandy response so far and what unmet needs Long Islanders might have.

It was also announced that the Red Cross would commit $1.4M to Island Harvest to extend local feeding programs for Sandy victims through July. This was on top of $1.2M already provided in February.

Also announced was $1M toward the Long Island Unmet Needs Roundtable. Chaired by the Health and Welfare Council, the roundtable is comprised of nonprofit agencies from across Long Island, including the United Way of Long Island. The group will help offer grants to help meet unmet needs on Long Island.

McGovern also met with Tom and Jeanne Gargiulo, a family from Babylon that was inspired to volunteer with the Red Cross, despite losing their home to the storm.

Here on Long Island, since Sandy made landfall in late October, the Red Cross has:

• Provided 2.2 million meals and snacks

• Distributed 2.5 million relief items, such as cold weather items and clean-up supplies

• Had 32,000 health services and emotional support contacts

• Provided 26,000 shelter stays in 27 evacuation shelters. The last Red Cross shelter on Long Island closed in December

“We are so grateful for the support we’ve received from our national headquarters, and the flexibility to work so closely with our local partners,” said John Miller, CEO of the Long Island Red Cross. “As a Long Islander, I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished together and know that despite the devastation caused by Sandy, we will be even stronger as a community moving forward.”

Click here to learn more about the Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy.

PHOTO: Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, meets with Long Island leaders, including Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, to discuss recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Sam Kille/American Red Cross.