Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Update

By: Red Cross Release Email
By: Red Cross Release Email

Red Cross Release

The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization to help people affected by Sandy. The entire fleet of response vehicles is activated and more than 5,400 disaster workers are supporting shelters, providing people with food and water and driving through neighborhoods to hand out food and supplies. To date, the Red Cross has served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks, provided more than 57,200 overnight stays, distributed more than 91,600 relief items and provided more than 23,900 health services and emotional support contacts.

Weather experts predict this new storm will bring heavy rain, strong winds and snow Wednesday and Thursday to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, along with cold temperatures and the possibility of new power outages. Many areas already affected by Superstorm Sandy could be impacted by this new storm.

The Red Cross has sent thousands of blankets and hand warmers to New York and New Jersey, and will be supporting warming centers in the area. Those who need a safe place to go during the new storm are encouraged to come to a Red Cross shelter. In New York City, people can call 3-1-1 or visit www.nyc.gov for a list of both day and night-time warming centers. It’s important for people to check on their neighbors, share what they have and take care of each other as this new storm approaches.

The response to Sandy is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years.

HIGHLIGHTS (as of November 6th)

· The American Red Cross is on the ground providing food, shelter, supplies and comfort for people affected by Sandy, and we are preparing for the approaching Nor’easter.
· Served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks
· Provided more than 23,900 health services and emotional support contacts
· Handed out more than 91,600 relief items
· Weather experts say those without power should be prepared for cold temperatures in the days ahead. The Red Cross has sent thousands of blankets to New York and New Jersey, and will be supporting some warming centers in the area.
· Shelters are open throughout the impacted area where people can escape the cold, get a hot meal and get the latest information on help available to them.
· An extensive feeding operation is underway to get hot meals to residents in New Jersey and all five boroughs of New York. As we learn about specific neighborhoods in need, we are immediately putting plans in place to provide people with food, water, relief supplies and comfort.
· Working in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, eight kitchens spread across New York and New Jersey are making hot meals. The Red Cross has fixed feeding sites in New York and in New Jersey.


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