Six months after Superstorm Sandy destroyed communities and disrupted lives in New York and New Jersey, the American Red Cross issued its six-month progress report today detailing its ongoing efforts to help people affected by the storm.
“Signs of recovery can be seen throughout the areas hit by this major storm, and while it will take a long time for the region to rebuild, the Red Cross will be there throughout to help,” said Dawn Angelo, Regional CEO for the Western Washington Chapters of the American Red Cross. “We thank all those whose generous support has enabled the Red Cross to help those affected by this storm.”
Throughout the past six months, the American Red Cross has deployed 49 individuals from the Northwest Washington region and 122 from Western Washington to the east coast for ongoing Sandy relief efforts.
SIX MONTHS OF HELPING: The Red Cross launched an immediate large-scale relief effort after the storm came ashore – the largest U.S. disaster response by the Red Cross in more than five years. Following weeks of providing emergency relief, today the Red Cross has a long-term recovery operation underway. At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government partners, the Red Cross is working with about 9,000 families whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
For a full report on Red Cross relief efforts related to Sandy, please visit redcross.org/sandy-response.