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« on: October 30, 2012, 03:33:50 PM »

Hi all,

Hurricane Sandy has cut a destructive path up the coast, flooding streets with
torrential rainfall and battering homes with dangerous, gale-force winds.

With help from supporters like you, the Red Cross has already opened 100+ overnight
shelters across multiple states, secured nearly a quarter of a million shelf-stable
meals, and deployed more than 1,300 trained emergency workers to the areas where
they’re needed most. But as the storm’s effects become fully known, more people will
need our help. We’ve got to be there for every one of them!

Your help can provide critical relief like food, shelter, water and more to families
affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy – make a donation.

Our club officers will be out tabling from Thursday onwards to collect donations. Spread the word! Let you friends know that there is a resource for them, if they want to help those affected by the Hurricane.

There is also a digital avenue: https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002
Michelle Carney
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012, 08:54:41 PM »

Updates on Hurricane Sandy (more info can be found: http://newsroom.redcross.org/)
As many of you may know, last week Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, devastated the Caribbean  Mid-Atlantic, and Northeastern US, leaving millions without basic necessities. The American Red Cross is responding to this disaster and we can use your help.
The American Red Cross can only accept monetary donations, and if you would like to help you can find our ARC at Cal table on Sproul OR donate online http://www.redcross.org/

Down from an initial 8 million customers without power, 2.4 million still remain in the dark. More than 5,000 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. Over 100 of those volunteers and 5 Emergency Response Vehicles are from Northern California American Red Crosses.

As clean-up and recovery efforts are in full swing, the historic nature of Sandy is becoming more evident:
-Damage is being estimated at around $50 billion, which would make it the second costliest US natural disaster, only behind Hurricane Katrina. (Please note that the property damage number is not affiliated with the size, scope and estimated expense of the Red Cross’s response.)
-23 states felt the effects of Sandy. Some states felt the initial intense tropical effects, and others felt a harsh winter storm.
-The entire super storm covered an area about the size of Europe.
-New York Harbor’s surf reached a record 32.5 feet, beating the previous record  by 6.5 feet. Battery Park also saw a new record at 13.88 feet.
-New York City’s subway system suffered the most damage is ever has since it opened in 1904, which provided a serious economic issue for the transit system and for businesses across that city. Commuters have had to rely on buses, which often require hours-long wait.
-For the first time since severe weather in 1888, the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two consecutive days.
-Connecticut and Rhode Island have been added to New Jersey and New York as Presidential Disaster Declarations.

The Red Cross is monitoring the winter storm that is heading to the Northeast in a few days. This storm has the likelihood of inundating already flooded and impacted. This cold front will also be especially bad if power is not returned to all communities. We are ready to open more shelters and increase capacity if needed.

The American Red Cross can only accept monetary donations, and if you would like to help you can find our ARC at Cal table on Sproul OR donate online http://www.redcross.org/

We hope all of your loved ones are safe. Please spread awareness to your friends and family.
Much thanks,
American Red Cross at Cal
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