NEW YORK CITY — Emergency response officials are assisting New Yorkers who are dealing with the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy — and are urging residents to stay clear of flooded areas and calling for volunteers.
City shelters are still accepting people and remain open throughout the five boroughs, said officials, who reported shelters are now holding 6,052 residents and more than 70 family pets.
More than 2,000 people in the region also took shelter at American Red Cross Greater New York Region locations throughout the region, according to officials, who said they expected that “that number to grow, as there are widespread power outages, damaged homes and flooded neighborhoods.”
A list of Red Cross shelters throughout the five boroughs is available on the rescue organization’s website and is searchable by address, borough and ZIP code.
The agency urged New Yorkers to remain in their homes if possible and register themselves at the Red Cross Safe and Well website to let loved ones know you are safe.
Residents looking to take shelter are urged to bring items to keep comfortable, such as pillows, change of clothing, hygiene items and any medications necessary.
The agency plans to deliver meals to affected communities once the hurricane has fully passed and the full extent of damage is evaluated and is asking for volunteers who are "good health," and able to "work 12-hour shifts, for multiple days” throughout the region. Training will be provided.
To volunteer, please email fill out the group's online application.
Those interested in making financial donations (no clothing or food will be accepted for now) can visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.