In the wake of Hurricane Irene….

…The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people all across the Eastern Seaboard. This past week-end, we operated more than 500 shelters and as of Sunday evening sheltered more than 48,000 individuals. More than 250 feeding vehicles have been prepared to distribute an approximate 1.3 million hot meals in the following days.

The cost of responding to Hurricane Irene is estimated to number in the millions for the American Red Cross. Those that have not been affected by the hurricane are encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

If you are unable to aid the relief effort monetarily, please consider donating blood. As a result of Hurricane Irene, more than 60 blood drives have been canceled. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to

Now listen to our president and CEO Gail McGovern speak of the disaster relief operation in her own words:

Was your home flooded by Hurricane Irene? Were you forced to evacuate and turned to the Red Cross for help? Did you volunteer at a RC shelter? Send me your Hurricane Irene-related stories to [email protected].

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