LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of people across nine states took refuge from Hurricane Sandy in American Red Cross shelters Sunday night as the massive storm neared the East Coast.
In Las Vegas, four Red Cross personnel have been called up to serve with the disaster operations on the east coast.
Fund Development Manager Brooke Flake will be going to Washington D.C. to work at National Headquarters to assist with the fundraising effort. Her departure is predicated on the re-opening of airports in the area.
Already deployed from the Southern Nevada chapter is volunteer Pat Moore in Maryland for Logistics, and volunteers James Smyth and Stanley Thompson in Albany, N.Y. for Mass Care and Sheltering to assist with feeding and housing people who are displaced.
“Sandy is a large and dangerous storm, and will affect large parts of the eastern part of the country for the next few days, said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “We urge people to remain in a safe place until it passes, and to listen to instructions from local officials.”
More than 3,200 people spent the night in 112 Red Cross shelters in nine states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Massachusetts. The number of people going to shelters is expected to grow as the storm comes ashore.
The Red Cross has deployed more than 1,300 disaster workers to the region from all over the country to help those affected by the storm. As many as 160 emergency vehicles are ready to respond when it is safe to do so, and more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals have been sent into the area.
To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).