Massive power outages have hit more than 8.2 million homes and businesses on the East Coast, leaving residents struggling to rebuild in the cold. In addition to the region-wide loss of power, Hurricane Sandy still puts cities at risk of storm surges and flooding along hundreds of miles of coastline. A six-alarm fire that raged overnight has destroyed many homes originally spared from flooding. The storm leaves behind at least 108 deaths from Haiti to Canada, with at least 22 deaths in New York.
The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, with over 9,000 people spending Tuesday night in 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states. Relief efforts are large and costly, and we need your help now. There are many ways to help the Red Cross complete its mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in this critical time.
- Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The storm has already caused the cancellation of Red Cross blood drives in the region, and more cancellations are expected. This has resulted in the loss of several hundred units of blood and platelets so far. If anyone is eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, they are asked to please schedule a blood donation now.
- People should download the free Red Cross Hurricane and First Aid apps for mobile devices to have emergency information at their fingertips. The apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.