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The largest organizations providing disaster relief to the victims of hurricane sandy and super storm that followed is the American Red Cross sending thousands of volunteers.
-- the storm ravaged northeast.
The Red Cross providing 23000.
Overnight stays for victims of the storm since Saturday.
Tuesday night more than 9000 people staying in a 171.
Red Cross shelters across.
Thirteen states joining us now is the senior vice president of disaster operations.
For the Red Cross Charlie -- good to have you with us Charlie.
Tonight if you -- give us give us an assessment as to how many people remain.
How how many are in shelters.
Your best testament.
Well Lou we know that 9000 people spent the evening last night in American Red Cross shelters.
Thirteen thousand folks and shelters all over the states both red cross and independent shelters.
But in terms of the question you asked how many people are out -- displaced from their homes that number is in the tens of probably hundreds of thousands many stay with families and and -- have are staying in hotels were probably talking a quarter million a million in.
Really big numbers in terms of displaced as you've already mentioned the terms of the size of this event.
And the hardest hit region it has to be this the South Shore.
Our New Jersey where the storm hurricane force made landfall is that correct.
Certainly New Jersey New York are hardest hit in terms of numbers of people affected the devastation and the impact.
But as you mentioned were -- were working in fact across sixteen states because we're not just dealing with storm surge.
But damage from wind from rain flooding and as you know snow and big fires in New York City this is.
Different types of disasters across many many state -- it's hard to say just one area badly hit.
And what should people as they are fortunate enough to have power restored fortunate enough to be returning to their homes -- to begin the process of rebuilding their lives and their property.
What should they be on the lookout for.
-- the first and foremost they need to be very careful of power lines.
Live hot power lines look exactly the same as power lines that have no power in them so people need to stay away from power lines.
If they happen to have a generator and they're using generators for their power those generators need to be safely outside.
Away from windows away from the house not operating anywhere nearby and the most important thing is listen to the media.
Listen to the radio hopefully people that don't have power of battery operated radios -- -- able to to use those radius to undertake get a better sense from the from the up public officials as to win it safe to actually go back out into the community.
And and turned -- refrigerated food one of the questions and it's hour's time -- lose power.
My wife and ours discussed you know what is -- appropriate time to be concerned about food being without power to the refrigerator.
-- best assessment -- best way to judge.
The best way to judge is if you lost power even just as is much -- two days ago you need to be really careful with that refrigerated food.
Bacteria and it is is kept well at bay when the refrigerators working but when it's not it can become not a much different issue especially with meats and other products.
My wife was right as -- -- Players around the -- event -- this we appreciate all that your doing all that the Red Cross is doing.
And is -- conclude your work and people.
Contractor Red Cross talk and they donate money -- -- -- Lewis thanks so much for asking that question -- Red Cross cannot do what it does.
Without the charitable support of the general public this is a big event that's gonna cost.
Probably tens of millions of dollars they can go to our website Red Cross dot org they can call us at 1800 Red Cross.
Or by texting the word Red Cross to 90999.
They can give a gift of ten dollars.
Okay we wanna put up that text number again because we did -- that I couldn't follow it.
If we could see that text one more time Red Cross to 90999.
You know that's one of those numbers as I can remember 909 -- out of George thanks for being with us from again thanks -- UN to all of the volunteers -- -- Red Cross are great organizations are great work.
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