In response to the enormous tragedy inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, affecting communities from the Caribbean to the Eastern United States, we have a list of recommended organizations for relief. We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue identifying the most effective and efficient organizations providing disaster relief and recovery to the affected areas.
- American Red Cross is providing shelter, meals, and snacks to thousands of people affected by the storm. With a disaster of this magnitude, the organization is working with multiple partners, including civic groups, advocacy organizations, professional organizations, and houses of worship to share their expertise and volunteers.
- Salvation Army is providing meals at shelters in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and mobile canteen units will deploy to the areas of greatest need as damage is assessed in the coming days. Deployed crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.
- Save the Children has launched a campaign to deploy immediate relief and provide for long-term recovery programs. With the organization’s focus on meeting the needs of children, the priorities will be restoring access to child care and other children’s services as well as helping children deal with loss.
- Humane Society of the United States is assembling staff and equipment for disaster response and is poised to help stricken communities in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Their emergency sheltering vehicles, equipment, and personnel are deploying in affected communities, such as the New York City metro area, and are responding to requests for search and rescue, temporary sheltering, transportation, and other needs.
It's important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Does your family have a disaster plan? Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? Visit the American Red Cross for resources and emergency preparedness information.