Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to the East Coast one year ago today. As this date approached, images like those on this recent BuzzFeed have served as intense reminders of what happened and how far we've come. While there's still much work to be done and there are many people still picking up the pieces from Sandy, the American Red Cross was there to help then and continues to assist one year later.
Last year, launching the biggest response in more than five years, the Red Cross mobilized to aid victims of the storm - opening hundreds of shelters, serving nourishing meals and snacks, and distributing millions of relief items. 17,000 Red Cross workers (90% were volunteers) offered comfort to those affected. Today, the American Red Cross continues to address long-term needs, working with government and nonprofit partners to assist those requiring help on the path to recovery.
Red Cross NCR Response at a Glance
- Opened or supported 14 local shelters
- Provided 300 overnight shelter stays
- Served approximately 1,900 meals and snacks
- Mobilized 200 local volunteers and staff to engage in relief efforts immediately before & following the storm
- Deployed all 6 of the region's Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) to New York & New Jersey
Learn more about the American Red Cross' massive response to Superstorm Sandy by reading our one-year report.
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