The Pryor Times

November 6, 2012

Oklahoma Red Cross volunteers help with hurricane Sandy

The Times

— The Eastern Oklahoma Region Red Cross has four additional volunteers who have deployed or will deploy to assist with Red Cross relief operations on the east coast.

Two of the volunteers left early Sunday morning; two more will depart early Monday, bringing to 20 the total of number of volunteers dispatched from the Eastern Oklahoma Region.

The American Red Cross continues to increase its enormous relief operation to provide food, shelter, supplies and comfort to more and more people affected by Superstorm Sandy each day. 

The entire National Red Cross fleet of response vehicles, more than 320 in total, has been activated to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies.

More than 5,000 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies.

Sixty trailers of relief supplies such as personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and work gloves are arriving this weekend.

The Red Cross is mobilizing an additional 80,000 blankets in preparation for the cold temperatures forecasted for much of the mid-Atlantic.

Volunteers are providing mobile distribution of water, meals and snacks in neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey.

Hundreds of Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to the storm, representing a loss of thousands of blood and platelet products. We’re asking people who are eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, to schedule a time to give blood in the days and weeks to come.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).