Residents can donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
November 6, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Opportunities abound for local residents to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy came ashore in New Jersey late Oct. 29. The storm caused at least 95 deaths throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region. The storm caused at least $7 billion in damage across the Eastern Seaboard.
Red Cross officials said financial donations help the organization provide shelter, food and other assistance to people affected by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters.
How to help
Donate to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief effort at www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy. Call 1-800-733-2767 to donate, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Mail contributions to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Schedule a donation time or find information to donate blood at www.redcrossblood.org. Or, call 1-800-733-2767. Donors must be at least 17 years old, meet weight and height requirements, and be in general good health. Donors should bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of identification to donate.
Users can also donate to storm relief efforts through iTunes.
Eligible residents can also donate blood to offset the drop in supply caused by the storm.
The night after Hurricane Sandy roared ashore, more than 9,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states, and volunteers served more than 100,800 meals. The organization provided more than 23,000 overnight shelter stays to residents in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast communities.
Officials said the storm led to the cancellation of more than 360 Red Cross blood drives. The cancellations represented a loss of as many as 12,000 blood and platelet products.
The organization encouraged eligible donors, especially people in places unaffected by Hurricane Sandy, to donate blood in the coming days.
Federal officials cautioned residents to avoid scams related to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Pleas for help — legitimate and fraudulent — come in the forms of emails, websites, mailers, calls and door-to-door collections.
Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud remind residents to report suspected fraud related to the disaster.
The center’s hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so callers can report suspected scams perpetrated by criminals after disasters.
Officials established the National Center for Disaster Fraud in 2005 to investigate, prosecute and deter fraud associated with federal disaster relief programs following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.