After wreaking havoc on communities across the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy affected a massive area spanning much of the eastern half of the United States, bringing heavy rain and flooding, power outages and even snow.
The American Red Cross is helping people with safe shelter, food and water. To date, they have mobilized 2,300 disaster workers from all over the country who have served more than 100,800 meals and snacks. They have also activated nearly 200 response vehicles and shipped in more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals. On Tuesday night, more than 9,000 people spent the night at a Red Cross shelter. The Canadian Red Cross is deploying 10 volunteers to support shelter operations in New York. Additional trained volunteers, along with pre-positioned supplies, are ready to be deployed if needed.
Canadians wishing to support Hurricane Sandy response efforts in the United States can make a financial donation to our Hurricane Sandy-USA fund online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.