Red Cross response to Northeast blizzard

The blizzard came down hard in Massachusetts, but we weren’t alone.

Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York felt it too – and responded to meet the needs of residents affected by the storm.

  • On Sunday night, more than 1,500 people found comfort and warmth in 32 shelters in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York.
  • Red Cross opened or supported 16 of those shelters, with more than 850 people seeking refuge from the storm and freezing temperatures last night.
  • So far the Red Cross has served nearly 13,000 meals and snacks, handed out hundreds of relief items and provided more than 250 health and mental health contacts to people affected by the storm. According to reports, more than 100,000 people were still without power in the Northeast as of early Monday morning.
  • The Northeast blizzard has also affected Red Cross blood collections. As of Monday morning, the storm had forced the cancellation of 160 Red Cross blood drives, mostly in the Northeast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 6,600 units of blood and platelets.

In Eastern Massachusetts:

  • Three shelters will remain open on Monday night at Sandwich High School, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and Plymouth High School.
  • As of Sunday evening the Red Cross of Eastern Mass had provided 2,961 meals and 1,433 snacks in shelters on Cape Cod, the Islands, and the South Shore of Massachusetts.

The Red Cross is encouraging blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm. While all types are needed, the Red Cross urges those with blood types O positive, O negative and B negative to make a lifesaving appointment. To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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