ELIZABETH CITY NC, Wednesday October 31, 2012 — Residents of the Outer Banks are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy which brought flooding and wind that damaged homes and businesses. As people begin cleaning up, the Red Cross is providing clean up supplies to help them along their recovery. Teams of Red Cross volunteers in Red Cross emergency vehicles will deliver 400 clean up kits along with water and food to the Kitty Hawk Fire Department, where they will assist with distribution.
Your local American Red Cross has been supporting eastern NC since before Hurricane Sandy made its treacherous journey along the east coast. Volunteers, vehicles and supplies were prepositioned near areas likely to be affected by the storm. Throughout eastern NC the Red Cross supported shelters, provided drinks, snacks and meals, and distributed clean up supplies in our communities.
As the Hurricane Sandy response in NC begins to wind down, the Red Cross is planning to support the larger response operation throughout the country by sending volunteers and resources into areas hit hard by the storm.
Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in eastern NC and in communities across the country. As an average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. These volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home has been washed away in a flood or getting an emergency message to a member of the military whose father is critically ill. To become a volunteer for your local Red Cross visit redcross.org.
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 www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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. To schedule a blood donation or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).