WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In late October 2012, 900-mile-wide Superstorm Sandy came ashore near Atlantic City, N.J., having already pummeled Puerto Rico and an extensive swath of the East Coast. Sandy’s strong winds, torrential rains and flooding caused 117 deaths in the United States, including 53 in New York and 34 in New Jersey, and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
The devastating storm brought widespread destruction and heartbreaking loss across New Jersey and New York, the two hardest-hit states, as well as to communities in Connecticut, West Virginia and Maryland. And in its aftermath, millions of people turned to the Red Cross for help and hope in their darkest hours. Starting even before Sandy’s landfall, Red Cross staff and volunteers moved quickly to bring relief, opening shelters and then feeding sites that provided more than 74,000 overnight stays and more than 17 million meals and snacks.
Working from over 300 emergency response vehicles, Red Cross volunteers visited heavily damaged communities and neighborhoods, delivering food, blankets, health care, emotional support and critical relief supplies. And when the immediate needs of the response eventually receded, the Red Cross continued to help people recover, working with local governments and other nonprofits to ensure that Red Cross assistance was going where it was needed most.
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