As a Nor’easter heads toward the East Coast, the American Red Cross is preparing to respond to this new storm while the massive relief operation to Superstorm Sandy grows by the day.
While access to many areas remains challenging, an extensive feeding operation is underway to get hot meals to residents in New Jersey and all five boroughs of New York, including the hard-hit Staten Island. The Red Cross has fixed feeding sites serving meals today and volunteers are providing mobile distribution of water, meals and snacks in neighborhoods. Shelters are also open where people can escape the cold, receive a hot meal and obtain the latest information on help available to them.
As the Red Cross continues to escalate its massive response operations, more than 5,300 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. The entire Red Cross fleet of response vehicles, more than 320 in total, has been activated to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies.
HIGHLIGHTS (as of November 5th) To date, the Red Cross has helped families and individuals in ten states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico affected by Sandy.
The Red Cross has:
- Served more than 1 million meals and snacks
- Provided more than 54,000 overnight stays out of a total of 92,000 provided by all organizations
- Made more than 17,000 health services and emotional support contacts
- Handed out more than 60,000 relief items
We need your help now. This is a massive relief effort and the Red Cross will be here for weeks helping people recover. After a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched – and our costs are growing by the hour. Donate by visiting www.tallyredcross.org or calling 850-878-6080. Text REDCROSS to 909999 for a $10 donation or mail a check to 1115 Easterwood Dr., Tallahassee 32311