UPDATE on Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts: Local Red Cross Deploys Additional Volunteers

Volunteers with house damaged by tree from hurricane Sandy.
We’re so proud that more of our amazing, local volunteers are able to travel at a moment’s notice, to take care of those in need.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is sending an additional 12 volunteers to aid in the relief efforts along the East Coast. That brings the total number of regional volunteers to 26, and the total number of emergency response vehicles to five.

“As roads and airports re-open and people are able to travel again, we are moving in additional disaster workers, vehicles and relief supplies,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “We’re so proud that more of our amazing, local volunteers are able to travel at a moment’s notice, to take care of those in need.”

In the relief efforts, these local volunteers will be assisting with transportation, working in shelters, providing meals, and helping in mental health and staff health. They are spread out among the thousands of Red Cross volunteers serving in 13 states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Indiana, and Ohio. Last night, more than 9,000 people spent the night in more than 170 Red Cross shelters.

Meanwhile here in St. Louis last night, KSDK-TV and KMOV-TV graciously opened their doors to set up Red Cross phone banks during their newscasts and throughout the evening. In less than seven hours, volunteers from the Red Cross, Ameren, Enterprise and Monsanto manned the phones as viewers called in about $55,000 dollars in donations for disaster relief efforts.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The storm has also caused the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a loss of as many as 11,000 blood products. People who are eligible are asked to schedule a blood donation now, especially if they live outside of the areas impacted by the storm, like here in St. Louis. Blood donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org

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.