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. Brad

    Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens are helping storm victims with food, supplies and clothing. They have people on the ground. Something the Red Cross lags at.

    November 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      All the available shore area motels, & hotels are already full of workers. So anything FEMA gave people for rooms is just plain worthless. It is going to snow in another day with temperatures staying in the 30's tommorow. Where are Sandy's victims going to keep warm, now that the public schools are back in session on Monday & have kicked them out? We are going to have people freezing death from hypothermia if FEMA does not get some temporary housing to them right now! The roads are clear, what's their freaking excuse? .
      The people on Long Island are in the same desperate straights. Where IS the help these victims were promised when our Las Vegas & Hollywood star seeker came around posing for photo ops to get those swing votes?

      November 7, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. lisatenacious

    SOmeone can stay in my house in Washington State that I'm selling in a short sale. It's empty and needs somebody
    Its on Orcas Island in the San Juan islands

    November 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gotelectric

    I still can't believe that people were there to help restore power and were told they couldn't help because they were non union. Is this true? If this is true, them shame on you. You need to get your priorities in line.
    Here is what will really help alot. Let non-union workers help you restore the power and don't turn them away.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • WASP

      @got: if this is true it is an embarrassment for this city. i agree when help is sent don't send it back because next time you may not get any help.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • tj

      Not true. Stop watching FOX.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
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