Hurricane Sandy has already wrought extensive damage in vulnerable communities along the coast, including severe flooding, power failures and wind damage. There’s no telling what kind of devastation communities will face in this 1,000-mile-wide storm’s aftermath, which means we must be ready for the worst.
With your help the Red Cross has already opened 112 overnight shelters in 9 states, secured more than 230,000 shelf-stable meals, and deployed more than 1,300 trained Red Cross workers to the areas where they’re needed most. But as the storm’s effects become more widespread, more people will need our help. We’ve got to be there for every one of them.
And even after Hurricane Sandy has left our shores, our job won’t be done. We’ll be on the ground, working side by side with people whose homes were flooded or destroyed by the storm. We’ll be serving hot meals and snacks to families with no electricity or running water. For as long as we’re needed, we’ll be there for people facing the greatest challenge of their lives – but we can’t do it without your support.
This is shaping up to be a massive disaster response effort impacting millions – and it’s only possible because compassionate, thoughtful people like you are willing to pitch in and help. Thank you so much for your support.
Sr. Vice President, Disaster Services
American Red Cross
P.S. Approximately 100 Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy across 11 states, leaving a shortfall of more than 3,000 donations. You can help by making an appt to donate blood today.