Superstorm Sandy Response and Recovery

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Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years. Thanks to the public’s generous support and the hard work of kind volunteers, the Red Cross has been able to provide emergency relief and recovery programs in Sandy-affected communities. Our work has never stopped and we continue to help more people recover every day.

We are grateful for contributions from people across the nation who saw the devastation caused by Sandy and were determined to ease the suffering; our partner nonprofits that work alongside us in the best interest of those in need; and our team of dedicated volunteers and staff who put the organization’s plans, resources and compassion to work.

We also appreciate our faithful corporate partners—Annual Disaster Giving Program and Disaster Responder members—and individuals who support disaster relief. Their generosity helped us respond even before Sandy made landfall. It also ensures we can prepare for, respond to and recover from tomorrow’s disasters, both those that affect millions and those that affect a single family or community.

Thank You!

More information about American Red Cross Superstorm Sandy response and recovery efforts – including reports, Recovery Grants, videos, and stories of recovery – can be found by visiting:

redcross.org/sandy-response

Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program Deadline

The Red Cross Move-in Assistance Program was established in December 2012 to serve as a bridge for thousands of families that needed financial assistance to relocate from hotels to sustainable housing, move out of state or complete repairs on their Sandy-damaged homes. As of May 28, 2014 the program has provided more than $26 million to more than 4,300 households. We expect that the program’s funding will soon be depleted and are therefore implementing the wind-down process outlined below.

July 1, 2014 deadline for submitting completed Move-In Assistance Program applications

The deadline for submitting completed applications is July 1, 2014. We will continue to accept and process applications in the order they are received. Completed applications received by July 1 will be reviewed and processed as program funding allows.

The Red Cross will continue to work with referring case managers to expedite assistance to people in urgent need of financial assistance to address their housing needs.

Other direct financial assistance and case management support remains available

The Red Cross is supporting direct financial assistance to Sandy-affected households through $13.8 million in grants to long-term recovery groups in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut communities that experienced the greatest devastation from Sandy. Red Cross grant support will help ensure that these groups remain a key source of financial assistance to meet the longer-term needs Sandy-affected households will face.

The Red Cross continues to provide direct case management services in Sandy-affected regions through the end of 2014. We encourage anyone seeking case management services or information about Sandy-related resources to call 877-RED-CROSS.

Superstorm Sandy - New Jersey Stories

Following are some of the stories about ways we have been helping people affected by Sandy in New Jersey.
Red Cross and Rebuilding Together Repair Sandy-Damaged Homes

Red Cross and Rebuilding Together Repair Sandy-Damaged Homes

As Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, Ed Abbate was relieved to find only a few trickles of water in the basement of the Little Ferry home he shares with his wife Lisa. As a precaution, Ed moved some of the couple’s items off of the basement floor and onto a table in case more water seeped in. Less than an hour later, the Abbate’s heard a crack as the back door of their home gave way under the pressure of a sudden surge of water from the Hackensack River. Read more…


A Woodbridge Family’s Journey to Recovery Following Sandy

A Woodbridge Family’s Journey to Recovery Following Sandy

After Superstorm Sandy’s flood waters tore through the Battista family home in Woodbridge, New Jersey – destroying the furnace, electrical panel, wiring, ductwork, pipes and foundation – the home was declared unsafe and unlivable. The family of four moved into a borrowed camping trailer on their front lawn while they figured out what to do next. Read more…


Little Jersey Girl Gives Thanks to Donors For Helping Her Family

Little Jersey Girl Gives Thanks to Donors For Helping Her Family

Ariyana Paul is a vibrant five-year-old with a captivating personality and a smile that can light up any room in an instant. She welcomes the woman from the American Red Cross with excitement and a desire to make her feel at home in the family’s new apartment. Read more…


Middlesex County Group Receives Red Cross Sandy Recovery Grant

Middlesex County Group Receives Red Cross Sandy Recovery Grant

The American Red Cross awarded a $782,000 grant to the Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group to address the needs of residents who do not have adequate resources to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Read more…


Finding a New Place to Call Home in Little Ferry, New Jersey

Finding a New Place to Call Home in Little Ferry, New Jersey

These past five months have been challenging for Mirna Chavez and her two children. Last October, the family was forced to flee their Little Ferry apartment as Superstorm Sandy caused the Hackensack River to inundate their neighborhood. Read more…


100 Days Later: Red Cross Helping Sandy Survivors Recover

100 Days Later: Red Cross Helping Sandy Survivors Recover

Superstorm Sandy’s devastation 100 days ago damaged and destroyed homes and uprooted a number of New Jersey families from their homes and neighborhoods, and the American Red Cross will be there for many on what will be a long road to recovery. Read more…