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Red Cross efforts in a bind over Hurricane Sandy relief

1:39 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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Senior Vice President of Disaster Services Charley Shimanski addressed what the Red Cross is doing to help those affected.

"Right now, the last thing that this community needs is more wind, more rain, and then add to that, expected cold, cold temperatures. [There are] millions still without power, and we'll be providing warming shelters. We're already mobilizing and moving tens of thousands of blankets in [for] support. It will hamper the recovery efforts a little bit, but the recovery efforts are moving on. 24/7 both at FEMA and in the Red Cross as we move from the spirit of the response to the marathon of recovery," Shimanski said.

Shimanski talked about how donations are being directed and where people can go for assistance.

"Folks can give to the American Red Cross. That's the only way we can do the work we do. They can go to our website, redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by texting Red Cross to 90999 you make a $10 gift. We've already served more than a million meals. We still have 9,000 folks in shelters in shelters. We've mobilized our entire fleet. We can't do that without the generosity of the American public," Shimanski said.

Shimanski also talked about how Sandy's recovery efforts compares to other storms.

"In terms of magnitude, it's hard to compare this storm to any others, but I can tell you it will be months operation for us. It's one of the largest we've seen in many, many, many years. To deploy our entire fleet and our entire workforce is not something we do very often at all and that makes it a big event by any standards," Shimanski said.

For more information, you can go to www.redcross.org.

Nate Chisholm contributed to this report.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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