Tuesday morning broke to find a battered and damaged east coast, as the worst storm in the area's memory spent its fury with hurricane force winds and slashing sheets of rain.
The before moving inland and on up to New York, swamping New York City with flood water and causing yet incalculable damage to infrastructure. More 5 million people lost power across 10 states, according to CNN, and at least 13 people were killed — adding to the death toll of 67 in the Carribbean.
Watching the images, videos and updates flood in from the other side of the country can leave Californians feeling helpless. But there are a number of ways Concordians can come to the aid of those affected by Sandy.
How to Help During Superstorm Sandy
- The American Red Cross is asking for donations to help with their disaster relief efforts.
- Around 100 blood drives have been canceled due to the storm, resulting in a shortfall of supplies, according to the American Red Cross' Blood Supply Centers. Set up an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.
- The Salvation Army has set up shelters along the East Coast, able to provide meals as well as showers, first aid supplies and communications support. Contribute $10 by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Or donate on the Salvation Army website.
- Feeding America is preparing to provide food, water and supplies to those affected by the storm. Donate online at FeedingAmerica.org.
- AmeriCares is also on "full alert" to help out Sandy victims with supplies. Support relief effort preparations by donating through the AmeriCares.org website.
- Save the Children is asking for help as they prepare to provide relief efforts to children and families in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Donate online at SavetheChildren.org.
Do you know of any other ways to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy? How are you helping out? Please comment below.
Related: Do you have friends or family members in the path of Hurricane Sandy? Interactive map here.