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Red Cross solicits help for storm victims

Frank Lewis

November 1, 2012

Frank Lewis


PDT Staff Writer


The executive director of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross says there are numerous ways in which people can make monetary donations to victims of ‘Superstorm’ Sandy.


The only storm of its kind along the East Coast left millions of families in the hard-hit region without power and thousands were forced to evacuate from their homes. On the night Sandy made landfall, the American Red Cross responded immediately with more than 250 shelters open across 16 states that provided overnight stays to nearly 11,000 people. The Red Cross says relief efforts for Sandy will be long and difficult. People will continue to need help for weeks, even months, to put their lives back together and donations are being solicited nationwide.


“People wishing to make donations may call 1-800-Red Cross; They can go on the web site at redcross.org; They can also text 90999 to the Red Cross and that one lets them make a $10 donation via their phone bill; And they can either drop off the donation at our office or mail it to our office at 1801 Robinson Ave., Portsmouth, Ohio, 45662,” Mary Arnzen said.


The Red Cross has also announced a Hurricane App, which also contains safety tips on what people should do after the storm. Arnzen said it can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.


Arnzen said the Red Cross continues to mobilize resources and relief workers to respond to Hurricane Sandy’s impact. As of Thursday morning, the Red Cross had mobilized more than 3,300 disaster workers from all over the country.


According to Eli Allen, Disaster Services Coordinator with the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, two local volunteers have been deployed to the scene of the disaster. Those volunteers are Tom Lykins and Tom Frazier.


“They will be working in the areas of shelter operations and health services,” Allen said. “They are expected to be deployed for about three weeks.”


More than 7,000 people spent Wednesday night in 115 Red Cross shelters spanning nine states including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Ohio and the District of Columbia. The Red Cross has deployed 12 mobile kitchens capable of making 198,000 meals a day and shipped more than 334,000 shelf-stable meals to the area.


Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com