Storm Relief: Trucks, Volunteers Go North For Sandy Recovery

Trucks from Tennessee and Florida travel Interstate 95 Thursday. See how you can help.

Montgomery County was largely spared from catastrophic damage from Superstorm Sandy, but residents in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other coastal areas were not so lucky.

Read about Sandy's progress through Montgomery County here.

As a series of utility truck brigades traveled north on Interstate 95 Thursday morning, going to assist in the recovery from damage caused by superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey, Patch gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts:

  • Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when the hotline isn’t staffed, include 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or emails can be sent to Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us.
  • The New York City agency NYC Service is coordinating volunteers for various relief projects in New York City. Go to its Facebook page  or email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name and email address.
  • The American Red Cross is collecting funds and coordinating blood donations. The organization sheltered more than 3,000 people across nine states during the worst of the storm. You can donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

Sandy has caused the cancellation of about 300 American Red Cross blood drives.

“Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” said Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross, in a statement.  

To schedule a blood donation at a center near you or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The ASPCA is also setting up a distribution center in Syracuse, New York with 4,000 sheltering units, which contain pet food, crates, food bowls, toys, and anything else an animal may need.

  • The Salvation Army: You can donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting “STORM” to 80888. If you are already volunteer-certified, you can sign up to help out with disaster relief.
  • AmeriCares: You can donate to AmeriCares’ relief fund to help the organization, which is distributing supplies to 130 clinics in the 13 states affected by Sandy.

TELL US: What are you doing post-Sandy? Cleaning up? Getting back to work? Volunteering? Leave a comment.

dan marrin November 01, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Thank you for this information! Very helpful!
Susan. Bennett November 02, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Thank you for this news. I am from Pa. and was relieved to read that Montgomery Co. in Maryland was largely spared from Superstorm Sandy, as my daughter and her family reside there.
Katie Griffith (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Thanks for reading, Susan. Glad everyone is safe!


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