Three-Month Progress Report on Superstorm Sandy Response and Recovery Work

Volunteers from the Minn-Kota Region in New Jersey supporting the Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in November.

The American Red Cross issued a progress report today on its work to help people in the first three months after Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast as well as its plans for longer-term recovery.

The Red Cross is working closely with government partners on long-term recovery efforts, and the first part of the Red Cross recovery work is already underway. At the request of the federal government, the Red Cross is focusing its initial recovery assistance on an estimated 9,000 families whose houses were heavily damaged or destroyed. The Red Cross is providing resources to either repair their homes or help them move into longer-term housing.

For the next several months, a big part of the Red Cross recovery effort will be working one-on-one with families who need some extra help making recovery plans and accessing available resources. Some need help finding child care, or understanding insurance paperwork. Red Cross case workers will help guide them through the recovery process.

The Red Cross is also supporting the work of several other relief groups, such as helping to fund several local food banks in New York to boost their capacity to serve more meals and help ensure people who need food have access to it, as well as support for Operation Hope’s work to provide assistance and financial counseling to survivors.

RED CROSS RELIEF

The Red Cross has deployed a total of more than 16,800 disaster workers in the past three months to help those affected by Sandy. Three months after landfall, more than 1,000 Red Cross workers remain on the scene, providing food, water and emotional support to people in need. Since Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has:

  • Served more than 11 million meals and snacks.
  • Distributed more than 6.9 million relief items like blankets and cleaning supplies.
  • Provided more than 109,000 health and mental health contacts for those affected, many of whom lost everything they owned during the storm.
  • Provided nearly half (81,000) of the total 163,000 shelter stays by a range of groups.

PUBLIC GENEROSITY

The Red Cross has received more than $254 million in donations and pledges for Sandy.

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