How to help after the superstorm
A fallen tree and power line lie over these houses on Harvard Street in Garden City, New York.
October 30th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

How to help after the superstorm

Superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. East Coast on Monday night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. At least 29 people are known to have died in the United States and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67 after it hit the Caribbean.

Millions were without power, and floods have hit homes and the New York subway system. Relief groups are working to make sure everyone affected by the storm is cared for, and you can help.

Donate blood - The Red Cross had to cancel about 100 blood drives because of the storm and supplies are running low. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment in your area.

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

Help children in need - Save the Children and World Vision are paying special attention to the needs of children affected by the storm.

Care for animals -  The Humane Society of the United States has an animal rescue team working to save the lives of animals caught in the storm.

Provide emergency supplies - AmeriCares, Direct Relief International and Feeding America are providing food, medical supplies and emergency kits for people in need.

Join in the cleanup - Team Rubicon has dispatched veteran field teams to start working right away, and Samaritan's Purse is looking for volunteers to help rebuild after the storm passes.

Help outside the United States - Sandy took a deadly toll on the Caribbean before it hit the United States. Operation USA and the International Medical Corps are helping people affected by Sandy in Haiti and Cuba.

Stay informed - For ways to help, visit Impact Your World. If you are in the Northeast and know of a need where you live, tweet @CNNImpact.

If you are planning to give to a nonprofit in the wake of any disaster, verify it is legitimate. Charity evaluators such as Guidestar and Charity Navigator are good ways to check that the organization you're donating to is established and your funds will go where you intend.

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  1. the prophet

    its a shame that the Government leaders such as a president ,State and local level Governments, can't respond to the necessities of thousand of families whom are still without power, because they rather neglect the infrastructure and the need to modernize here at home, but promote peace and democracy and risk American lives abroad. When here at home we have the most primitive and antiquated power grid, still providing electricity via cables over poles, since it was first discovered and pioneered.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ambrea Campbell

    How can Mt.holly middle school help with the aftermath of hurricane sandy? I want to do a canned food drive but im not sure how to set it up

    October 31, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Excellent intentions! But please, Canned food = NOT HELPFUL (unless you are running for higher office and want a photo Op?). You should be proud that you want to help, but please DO NOT try to send goods (canned or otherwise). Contact the Red Cross or other aid organization (listed above) and ask how to best help,

      October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Actually Dan there will be a need. A local church opened the St Vincent de Paul pantry to anyone who did not have food in our area. Secular Food Banks in the affected areas will also see increased volume from people made homeless from the storms. They will all need donations in the months ahead.
      Ambrea; Your local churches & charitable organizations can probably help you get food to the counties that have the most need; like Atlantic, Ocean, Monmouth....ect. St Vincent de Paul Society is the group in every Catholic church that distributes food & clothes to anyone in need, regardless of their faith. I am fairly familiar with them because my father was a member. They would know how to find out what other groups are in the affected areas.
      Good luck & thanks

      November 3, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Just an update.
      I found out the standing water in Belmar after the storm was chest high after the storm was over. The sand thrown up onto Beach Avenue made a natural dam that kept the water from flowing back out, so water is still being pumped out. Earlier this year the food bank at another church 3 blocks closer to the ocean asked for our help because their food pantry was low on supplies. So we have been sending the food our church, grammar, & high schools have raised during our food drives there. It is housed in a low one story building. All the stored food is probably lost now since there was knee high water at our church.
      That means that not only are their more homeless & needy people now, the existing supplies the community raised were also destroyed. This type of program will continue feeding people after the Red Cross has left.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sandra Hughes

    Looking to provide counseling, free, via email, skype, instant messaging, or what have you. Must be a huge need. I am a qualified, degree in psychology, with spare time. I cannot find a place to offer this service. Any thoughts?
    The catastrophic devastation is almost too much to process emotionally. Those providing emergency services must be in desperate need of emotional support also. I don't have money, but in this way, I can help.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      The volunteer hotline number is 800-JERSEY7. They have been announcing it over the radio all week.

      November 3, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    Me too i want to help buy my magnetic power generator which works using forces of magnetism, unstoppable free energy and get off the grid forever. For now drownings and prototype are in a secure location due to its potential to put utilities companies out of business if you know what i mean!

    October 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Drownings, Prophet? Really?

      November 4, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @Prophet- time to bring it out of the closet, rebuilding is the best place to start with new Ideas and to save on electricity and be able to pay for these tragic disasters, I believe.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ma & pa

    Ground plate electrical generation supplied some of the power for the early telegraph system. Nothing new.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sandy T

    I am giving a "BIG Shout Out" to the nurse staffs who have to leave their families at home and is taking care of the sick who are in needs during this terrible disaster. Often times nurses are not given the praises they need in comparisoins to firefighters and police who are fronline responders in time of emergencies. Angels of mercy I am praying for you all may God give you all the strenght you need in this difficult time.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      A nurse at a local Nursing/ Rehab center said that a number of their staff have been left homeless by Sandy. Yet they are continuing to give compassionate care as the injured being transferred from hospitals continue to arrive. My admiration for those people is immense.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shawn Michaels

    Outstanding job – very interesting study I will come across further hooked on this! Keep it up. I found very good and relevant blog and have bookmarked your spot for prospect suggestions. BY – Technical Support Process

    November 1, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. danny

    If you are a republican you have to help in secret so the the news media will not accuse you of making politics out of it. If you are a democrat you just do like usual and gripe about the others not giving enough, while you don't do anything but gripe.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Guest

    The volunteer hotline for New Jersey is 800-JERSEY7. If you can help in any way, they want to hear from you.

    November 3, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. julie de wolff

    The best help would be if Obama and Romney canceled all adverts and rallys which are hideous waste of money, intelligence and time and gave the money from their suoerpacs to the relief of the peopl and towns wrecked by Sandy.

    November 3, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mercedes@CasuallySpeaking

    Reblogged this on Casually Speaking.

    November 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big Daddy

    Like many other disasters the politicians of New York where warned at least 10 years ago this would happen. What did they do? Nothing. I'm on Staten Island and if it were not for CNN we would not have been given any assistance, which I am still waiting for. I have not seen one Red Cross or FEMA truck, no national Guard, nothing. The Mayor did nothing, no proactive action to be ready for the aftermath. The feds did nothing to be ready for the aftermath and now because of the rise in need for gasoline the prices are going up, great, that's capitalism for ya. I even saw a program on local cable warning about this about 5 years ago. They talked about locks and being ready, we where not. Why do people and politicians ignore science and scientist? Because it cost them money so they ignore them. Like there is no such thing as global warming, now we all know it's true yet people still swear it's made up by scientists. People never learn, the next one, the next BIG one will be worse and many people will die, will they do something then?

    November 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big balls

    I'm going to send all my mismatched socks so they can be used as mittens !

    November 5, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    Staten Island after Sandy:

    November 6, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
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