***You Can Help***

Hurricane Sandy RescueIf you’re looking for ways to help those affected the worst by Hurricane Sandy, here are a few ideas:

Give food and shelter — The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are providing emergency shelter and meals for evacuees.

Donate blood — The Red Cross had to cancel about 100 blood drives because of the storm and supplies are running low. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment in your area. Any donation you make to your local red cross can be designated for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Help care for animals — The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association have teams working to save the lives of animals caught in the storm. Foster homes will be needed for pets temporarily displaced. Find it in your heart to be a pet-hotel for a few weeks while a family gets back on their feet and can welcome a pet home again.

Provide emergency supplies — AmeriCares and Feeding America are providing food, medical supplies and emergency kits for people in need.

Help outside the U.S. — Hurricane Sandy took a deadly toll on the Caribbean before it hit the United States. Doctors Without Borders are helping people affected by Sandy in Haiti–that has been battling a cholera outbreak in addition to earthquake damage.

The Red Cross First Aid mobile app helps people learn what to do in an emergency in case help is delayed. Download this app at: redcross.org/mobile-apps. They have preparedness apps that can be downloaded and used for future emergencies.