Although it will be some time before the full impact of Hurricane Sandy is known, the storm has been devastating for the Greater New York Region. Homes have been destroyed and lives have been lost. Our thoughts are with our neighbors at this difficult time, including many of our own dedicated Red Cross workers, who have lost so much.
The American Red Cross continues to provide safe shelter for residents. Last night, more than 2,700 residents sought shelter with us in our region. We expect that number to double, and potentially triple, as there are widespread power outages, damaged homes and flooded neighborhoods throughout the region.
It is important that New Yorkers stay safe and only leave their homes if they need to, to keep the roads clear for cleanup crews and emergency responders. If you must leave your home, avoid flooded areas as they can hide hazards like downed wires, debris and sewage.
For those who may seek refuge in a shelter, bring items to help keep you comfortable, like a pillow, change of clothes, hygiene items, and medications.
The Red Cross responds in 16 states
This is a large disaster with an even larger footprint. Nearly 11,000 people spent Monday night in 258 Red Cross shelters in 16 states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Indiana, Michigan.
We are in close contact with our partners in emergency management on the local, state and federal levels. After the danger passes, our damage assessment teams will help determine the needs of our communities. Hundreds of Red Cross disaster responders and response vehicles are on the way from outside of our region. With these vehicles, we will be able to deliver meals and cleanup items to affected communities.
In addition to the immediate impacts of the storm, the response to incidents like fires has been hampered by the weather. As conditions allow, the Red Cross, working with first responders, will do all it can to ensure that New Yorkers are cared for.
The Red Cross needs your help
Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed through our region, we may need to open up and maintain more shelters for those who were forced to evacuate their homes.
If you’d like to volunteer at a Red Cross shelter and are…
- Over the age of 16
- Available for 12 hour shift from Wednesday, Oct 31 to Friday, November 2.
- Able to lift and carry 50 lbs
- Comfortable working with people in stressful situations
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remain calm and patient
Help is on the way but we need New Yorkers to remain calm and patient as we are all in this together. In coming days, we will need their help. For information, including locations of shelters, please visit redcross.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.
How to Donate
To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to get prepared and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by this unprecedented storm.