AUSTIN -- The American Red Cross of Central Texas sent two volunteers to assist in Hurricane Sandy relief on the East Coast.
The volunteers are part of Red Cross efforts across multiple states. As needed, more local volunteers may be deployed as well.
“This will be a large, costly relief response and we need help now,” Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross said. “People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone.”
Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
If you have family or friends affected by Sandy, they can find a shelter by downloading the Red Cross Hurricane app, visiting the Red Cross web site, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or checking local media outlets. They should also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.