Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

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Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. response by the Red Cross in more than five years, and our emergency relief efforts for Sandy has continued for months, much longer than most other disasters. The American Red Cross Gateway to the Golden State region deployed more people than any other Red Cross region in the county, sending 300 volunteers and six emergency response vehicles to help those in great need.
  • The Bay Area Chapter sent 97 volunteers and had a total of 122 deployments.
  • Our volunteers started deploying on October 30, 2012, and we continued through early 2013.
  • Some of our volunteers deployed four times.
Read more about the efforts of the American Red Cross, the Bay Area Chapter, and our devoted volunteers.

Bay Area Chapter Response Stories

American Red Cross Bay Area volunteer - Erick Digrek

Volunteer Honored to Help Sandy Victims

For Erick Digre, a Pacifica resident and 30-year Red Cross volunteer who was deployed twice during Superstorm Sandy, helping people return to their normal lives and hear their stories after a disaster strikes is an honor.


Red Cross Sandy Response

97 Local Volunteers Assist in Sandy Relief Efforts

While deployed volunteers assisted in providing shelter, food, supplies, and comfort for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.


Red Cross Sandy Response - Marin Teen

Marin Teen Raises $4,000 for Sandy Relief Efforts

A 13-year-old from Greenbrae turned a service project assignment into a benefit concert to raise money for the Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.


Red Cross Sandy Response - ACE Donation

Benicia Ace Hardware Raises $33,000 for Sandy Relief

Gene Pedrotti, owner of Pedrotti ACE Hardware in Benicia, raised more than $33,000 to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy.


Red Cross Sandy Response - Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Raises $1.3M for Relief Funds

After committing $1 million to help fund relief efforts, Wells Fargo Bank created a promotion allowing customers to donate through their ATM withdrawals.


Red Cross Sandy Response - Pat Morales

Volunteer Profile: Pat Morales

Pat Morales, 66, has made the trip not once, but four times, spending several weeks at a time in New York helping those affected rebuild their lives.


Red Cross Sandy Response - Virginia Hart

Volunteer Profile: Virginia Hart

Virginia Hart is a photographer for the Advanced Public Affairs Team of the American Red Cross and was deployed twice to assist in the Superstorm Sandy relief operation.


Red Cross Sandy Response - Michelle Carney

Student Spending Holidays Feeding Sandy Victims

UC Berkeley student Michelle Carney spent her holiday break in New York feeding those affected by Sandy. This story was published in the UC Berkeley News Center.


Red Cross Sandy Response - Deployment Gathering

Bay Area Chapter 2012 Deployment Meeting

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter staff and volunteers gathered in Oakland to share their Superstorm Sandy deployment stories.


Red Cross Sandy Response - Debrief

Superstorm Sandy Debrief

To thank the many generous Bay Area residents for their tremendous support, the Board of Directors hosted a debriefing to discuss the Red Cross Superstorm Sandy relief operation.

National Response

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. response by the Red Cross in more than five years, and our emergency relief efforts for Sandy has continued for months, much longer than most other disasters. As of October 30, 2013, we have:
  • Provide more than 74,000 overnight stays in shelters
  • Distribute more than 7 million relief items
  • Provide nearly 113,000 health and mental health contacts
  • Serve more than 17.5 million meals and snacks
  • Mobilize more than 17,000 workers and volunteers

Superstorm Sandy Additional Information