An American Red Cross volunteer from Faribault has been deployed to the East Coast to help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The storm, which devastated large portions of the Northeast in October, has required the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years.
Ed Olson of Faribault will be leaving for New York to assist in building community partnerships between the Red Cross and other organizations and groups. He will ensure that these varied organizations’ interests, needs, concerns and resources are represented in the disaster response. Olson was deployed to Hurricane Rita, which followed within a month of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. During Rita, Olson assisted with getting meals to disaster victims.
The Red Cross continues to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to the many people still struggling as communities begin to rebuild. The Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and will continue to help as families recover.
A total of over 16,200 volunteers, including 49 from southern Minnesota, were mobilized to get help to people. Over 1100 Red Cross volunteers are still in New York and New Jersey supporting survivors through relief work, even as longer-term recovery efforts are beginning. The Red Cross has provided over 9.2 million meals and snacks and connected with more than 93,000 families to help determine recovery needs and provide access to resources.
The needs are far from over as people clean out their homes and struggle with housing issues, and the Red Cross will continue to provide help to area residents well into the foreseeable future.
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 Superstorm 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 the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.