UPDATE: Red Cross Relief Effort Ramps Back up in New York in Wake of Nor’easter


Now that the nor’easter has passed, the American Red Cross is ramping back up and expanding its large relief operations to provide shelter, hot meals, relief supplies and comfort to people in New Jersey and New York.

Here is a snapshot of local relief efforts:

  • Red Cross volunteers have resumed mobile distribution of water, food and relief supplies in neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey as road conditions permit. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for current information.
  • Kitchens on Staten Island, Queens and Long Island have resumed preparation of warm meals.
  • Even as services resume after the nor’easter, the Red Cross is getting ready for a large outreach operation this weekend to provide disaster relief items to families across the region’s hardest hit areas.
  • In advance of the cold temperatures, the Red Cross and its partners handed out thousands of ready-to-eat meals and cold weather items for people in New York and New Jersey like blankets, hand and foot warmers, hats and gloves, ponchos and socks.

Where to go if you’ve been affected by Sandy or the nor’easter:

Those who need a safe place to go are encouraged to come to a Red Cross shelter. Locations can be found at www.redcross.org. 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.

The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy:

  • More than 300 response vehicles have been activated to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies.
  • More than 5,800 Red Cross workers from all 50 states are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. About 90 percent of these workers are volunteers.
  • More than 3 million meals and snacks have been provided.

The response to Sandy is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years. To help, 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. People can also use the “donate” feature on the free Red Cross Apps to support the Red Cross relief response.

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